Events at the Library of Congress

Wednesday June 26, 2024

Wednesday July 10, 2024

  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Photography and Folklife: Fieldwork Documentation and Building the Archive with Carl Fleischhauer, Carl Fleischhauer, Folklorist and Visual Documentarian

    Wednesday
    July 10, 2024
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
    Whittall Pavilion (LJ-G45E)
    Carl Fleischhauer is one of America’s leading and most influential visual documentarians. His contributions to the theory and practice of his field and to the image collections of the Library of Congress, particularly those of the American Folklife Center, have been substantial. In this Botkin Lecture, he will discuss his approaches to fieldwork, photographic documentation and archiving, and recount his experiences as a fieldworker.

Wednesday September 4, 2024

  • Event | lectures and symposia

    "Conspiracy Theories, Folklore and Belief: Birds Aren't Real, Loch Ness Monsters and Microchips" by Dr. Andrea Kitta

    Wednesday
    September 4, 2024
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
    Whittall Pavilion (LJ-G45E)
    In this lecture, noted folklorist Dr. Andrea Kitta will discuss some definitions of conspiracy theories and how they fit into other belief traditions and narratives with a focus on understanding why people believe in conspiracy theories and how they function. The term “conspiracy theory” has become loaded and often used to dismiss the belief systems of others, especially those of opposing viewpoints. However, all...