Press Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940

January 31, 1997

MEDIA ADVISORY
Public Events at Library February-April 1997

Wednesday, February 5 - KEYNOTE ADDRESS

The opening event for African American Heritage Month at the Library of Congress is the keynote address by Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. The theme for this year's commemoration is "African American Civil Rights: A Reappraisal." The opening program will be held in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 10 a.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-7773

SLIDE LECTURE

Ethnomusicologist Nora Yeh presents an illustrated lecture on "Southern Sound: Performing Traditions of a Chinese Province" in Dining Room A, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at noon. Using audio tapes as well as slides, Ms. Yeh will describe the music and culture of this region of southern China, which she has been studying for many years. The program is sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Public Contact: (202) 707-6590

Thursday, February 6 - READING

In the first poetry program of 1997, the Library's Poetry and Literature Center presents Stephen Dobyns and Louise Gluck reading from their works in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 6:45 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394

Monday, February 10 - LECTURE

The Center for the Book's Books & Beyond series presents Roy Jenkins (Lord Jenkins of Hillhead), the author of a recent award-winning biography of British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, speaking on "Politicians and Their Reading" in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 6 p.m. Roy Jenkins is a scholar and statesman who has served in British Labour governments as home secretary and chancellor of the exchequer. He also has been president of the European Commission. He is currently the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, the chancellor of Oxford University, and president of the Royal Society of Literature. Public Contact: (202) 707-5221

Tuesday, February 11 - READING

Valentine's Day and love are the joint themes for this Poetry at Noon presentation in the Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building. Readers are Kenneth Carroll, Gretchen Colligan and Lori Tsang. Public Contact: (202) 707-1308

Wednesday, February 12 - LECTURE

The Library's European Division presents Charlotte Strandgaard, Danish novelist and poet, speaking on "Anorexia Nervosa in the Novel Lille Menneske (Human-child): The Interaction of Research and Creativity," in the Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building, at noon. Public Contact: (202) 707-5414

Thursday, February 13 - FILM

As part of the Library's commemoration of African American History Month, the Federal Women's Program offers a showing of the PBS video "The Morehouse Men," about the only all-male, historically African American college in the country. It will be shown in Dining Room A, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 11:15 a.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-7546

Tuesday, February 18 - LECTURE

Suzine Har-Nicolescu, chief librarian, Medgar Evers College, City University of New York, lectures on "Preparing Global Librarians for the 21st Century: Views and Opinions of an Asian American Librarian." The program, sponsored by the Library's Asian American Association, will be held in the West Dining Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at noon. Public Contact: Herminia Smith, (202) 707-8080

Thursday, February 20 - READING

Alfred Arteaga and Lorna Dee Cervantes read from their poems in a program presented by the Library's Poetry and Literature Center, Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 6:45 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, February 27 - LECTURE

Thomas Buell, author of The Warrior Generals: Combat Leadership in the Civil War, will speak in this month's second Books & Beyond program, sponsored by the Center for the Book. The program will be held in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at noon. Public Contact: (202) 707-5221

Wednesday, March 5 - LECTURE

Books & Beyond presents Richard Clement, author of The Book in America, speaking in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at noon. Public Contact: (202) 707-5221

LECTURE

Catherine Kerst, folklorist and archivist in the American Folklife Center, will give an illustrated lecture on "New Deal Woman Sidney Robertson and the WPA California Folk Music Project, 1938-1940," in Dining Room A, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at noon. The program is being offered in recognition of International Women's Month. Public Contact: (202) 707-6590

Thursday, March 6 - READING

Poets Alfred Corn and Daniel Halpern read their poems in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, 6:45 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394

Wednesday, March 12 - LECTURE

The European Division presents Detlef Junker, director of the German Historical Institute, in a noontime lecture on "Hitler's Perceptions of FDR and the United States," Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building. Public Contact: (202) 707-5414

Thursday, March 13 - CONCERT

The first joint appearance in Washington of the Bang on a Can Allstars and the String Trio of New York occurs in the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, sponsored by the Library of Congress. The artists will perform an inventive synthesis of jazz and contemporary classical music by Hermeto Pascoal, David Lang, Regina Carter, Michael Gordon, James Emery, John Lindberg and others. Violinist Regina Carter and pianist Lisa Moore will give the world premiere of a new work by Julia Wolfe commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets will be distributed at the Terrace Theater beginning at 6 p.m. the evening of the performance. Public Contact: (202) 707-5502

Thursday, March 20 - READING

The Poetry and Literature Center presents Forrest Gander and Stanley Plumley reading their poems in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 6:45 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394

Friday, March 21 - EXHIBITION

An exhibition of 24 striking black-and-white photographs of readers in libraries around the world by Diane Asseo Griliches opens in the Mumford Foyer, sixth floor of the Madison Building. The photographs featured in "Library: The Drama Within" are from the recent publication of the same name; they will be on view through May 30. Public Contact: (202) 707-8000

Thursday, March 26 - CONCERT

The Festetics Quartet, a period-instrument string quartet, is joined by pianist Maria Rose in a concert of 18th century music featuring Mozart's Piano Concerto in A Major, in the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets will be distributed at the Terrace Theater beginning at 6 p.m. the evening of the performance. Public Contact: (202) 707-5502

Wednesday, April 2 - CONCERT

The baroque ensemble Capriccio Stravigante performs a program called "Canal Grande: Music of Venice," on period instruments in the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets will be distributed at the Terrace Theater beginning at 6 p.m. the evening of the performance. Public Contact: (202) 707-5502

Thursday, April 3 - READING

The Poetry and Literature Center presents "An Evening with Czeslaw Milosz" in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 6:45 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394

CONCERT

Violist Miles Hoffman leads the American Chamber Players in an evening of chamber music featuring the premiere of a new work for clarinet and string trio by Max Raimi, which was commissioned by the Carolyn Royall Just Fund in the Library of Congress. The concert will be presented in the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets will be distributed at the Terrace Theater beginning at 6 p.m. the evening of the performance. Public Contact: (202) 707-5502

Thursday, April 10 - SYMPOSIUM

The Center for the Book will sponsor an all-day symposium on "Rivers of America," commemorating the 60th anniversary of the book series of the same name in the West Dining Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building. Public Contact: (202) 707-5221

Thursday-Saturday, April 10-12 - SEMINAR

The Library of Congress joins the University of Virginia in sponsoring a three-day electronic publishing seminar in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building. "Exploring the New Media: Electronic Publishing 1997 and Beyond" will look at the many aspects of successful electronic publishing in both plenary and small group sessions. Fred Ciporen, vice president and group publisher, Publishers Weekly, will deliver the keynote address at 3:30 p.m., April 10. Other speakers for the conference include W. Ralph Eubanks, director of Publising, Library of Congress; Mary Levering, associate register for National Copyright Programs, Library of Congress; Carol Risher, vice president, Copyright and New Technology, Association of American Publishers; Bob Stein, co-founder and former president of The Voyager Company; and Elizabeth Corcoran, staff writer for The Washington Post. Hours for the meeting are 3:30 to 6 p.m. April 10; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 12. There is a registration fee of $595 for the seminar, with an early bird $50 discount for those who register by March 10. Public Contact: (800) 346-3882

Tuesday, April 15 - WORKSHOP

The Library's Preservation Directorate presents its second annual Preservation Awareness Workshop for the public. The Library's conservators and other specialists will demonstrate techniques for conserving books and paper documents and will be available to answer questions about the best ways to preserve and store books, works of art on paper, photographs, films, sound recordings and cassette tapes. Displays and free printed materials will also be available. The workshop will be held in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 17 - READING

A literary program titled "Upholding Mystery," featuring readings from an anthology of contemporary Christian poetry, will be held in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 6:45 p.m. For information on the participants, call after April 3. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394

Tuesday, April 22 - READING

Poetry at Noon looks at "poetry of place," with readers to be announced. The program will take place in the Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building, at noon. Public Contact: (202) 707-1308

Thursday, April 24 - LECTURE

The Children's Literature Center presents writer-artist-dancer-choreographer Remy Charlip in a program in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 7:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Public Contact: (202) 707-5535

READING

The Library celebrates the 60th anniversary of the poetry consultancy with a program in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building called "Poetry's Catbird Seat at 60: A Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Consultants in Poetry and the Poets Laureate." The position of Consultant in Poetry was established with an endowment from philanthropist Archer M. Huntington "for maintenance of a chair of Poetry of the English Language in the Library of Congress" in 1936. The first Consultant in Poetry, Joseph Auslander, served from 1937 to 1941. Readings will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Participants include Rita Dove, Anthony Hecht, Daniel Hoffman, Maxine Kumin, William Meredith, William Jay Smith, Mona Van Duyn, Reed Whittemore, and others. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394

The Library of Congress occupies three buildings on Capitol Hill. The Thomas Jefferson Building is the original Library of Congress building; it is located at 10 First Street S.E. across First Street from the U.S. Capitol. The John Adams Building is directly behind the Jefferson Building to the east on Second Street S.E.; and the James Madison Memorial Building, at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., is just south of the Jefferson Building.

Interpreting services (American Sign Language, Contact Signing, Oral and Tactile) will be provided if requested five business days in advance of any public event. Call (202) 707-6362 TTY and voice to make a specific request. For other ADA accommodations contact the Disability Employment Program office at (202) 707-9948 TTY and (202) 707-7544 voice.

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PR 97-10
1/31/97
ISSN 0731-3527

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