Events at the Library of Congress

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Racial Science in Nazi Germany with Dr. Richard F. Wetzell Thursday
    October 24, 2019
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
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    Richard F. Wetzell is a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington DC. His most recent publication is the co-edited volume Beyond the Racial State: Rethinking Nazi Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2017). His other publications include Inventing the Criminal: A History of German Criminology, 1880-1945 (2000), Engineering Society: The Role of the Human and Social Sciences in Modern Societies, 1880-1980 (co-edited, 2012),... LJ-119
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    National Book Festival Presents Alexander McCall Smith Thursday
    October 24, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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    Alexander McCall Smith discusses his new book, “To the Land of Long Lost Friends: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series.” Smith is a leading writer of contemporary mysteries and is known for placing women in the role of detectives with his popular series “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.” Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Art Kane: Harlem 1958 Tuesday
    October 29, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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    Larry Appelbaum talks with the photographer’s son, Jonathan Kane, and saxophonist and composer Benny Golson, one of two living musicians captured in this eloquent image. Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Risk Capital & the Rise of the Insurance Business at America's Founding Wednesday
    October 30, 2019
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
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    Join us for a lecture with Dr.Elisabeth Engel on Risk Capital and the rise of the insurance business in the age of American Founding. Elisabeth Engel is a historian of North America in the modern era, specializing in colonial and racial entanglements and the history of risk and uncertainty in the Atlantic world . After receiving her PhD in modern history from the Freie... LJ-119
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Ron White on Lessons from Lincoln and Grant Wednesday
    October 30, 2019
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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    New York Times best-selling author Ronald C. White and assistant deputy librarian Colleen Shogan will discuss what the lives and presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant can teach us about leadership. LJ-119

Monday, November 4, 2019

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Friday, November 8, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Art + Design Stacks Showcase in the Library of Congress Main Reading Room Friday
    November 8, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
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    You’re invited to browse and scan hundreds of public domain art, craft, and design books pulled especially for you from our closed stacks. This special evening event will feature myriad forms of art & design, including: fashion, architecture, illustration, book arts, ceramics and pottery, sewing and needle craft, with illustrations and how-to’s galore! Main Reading Room
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    National Book Festival Presents Brad Meltzer Friday
    November 8, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
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    Brad Meltzer discusses the launch of his new PBS KIDS series, “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum,” based on his books for children, “Ordinary People Change the World.” Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Gallery Talk: Silent Sentinels Wednesday
    November 13, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
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    Manuscript Division specialist Barbara Bair will discuss the suffragists known as Silent Sentinels who picketed the White House, were imprisoned, and suffered brutal treatment in November 1917, during what became known as the “Night of Terror.” Southwest Gallery
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    National Book Festival Presents André Aciman Wednesday
    November 13, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
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    André Aciman discusses the launch of his new book, “Find Me,” the sequel to his bestselling “Call Me By Your Name,” which was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Gallery Talk: The Technique and Craft of Mesoamerican Artists – Molding Ceramics Wednesday
    November 20, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
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    Mesoamerican artists from across a wide geographical area employed complex techniques and showed a mastery of craft that is really just starting to be understood by archaeologists and art historians. In this talk, John Hessler, curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection, will discuss molding ceramics in Mesoamerican art, represented in the exhibition Exploring the Early Americas. Northwest Gallery

Thursday, November 21, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    100 Years of Women Voting Thursday
    November 21, 2019
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
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    Christina Wolbrecht joins Jane Junn, of the University of Southern California and Assistant Deputy Librarian Colleen Shogan for a discussion of 100 years of women voting, in connection with the Library’s exhibition “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote.” LJ-119

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Gallery Talk: The Technique and Craft of Mesoamerican Artists – Inscribing Stone Wednesday
    December 11, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
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    Mesoamerican artists from across a wide geographical area employed complex techniques and showed a mastery of craft that is really just starting to be understood by archaeologists and art historians. In this talk, John Hessler, curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection, will discuss inscriptions in stone in the exhibition Exploring the Early Americas. Northwest Gallery

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Gallery Talk: The Technique and Craft of Mesoamerican Artists – Carving Jade Wednesday
    January 15, 2020
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
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    Mesoamerican artists from across a wide geographical area employed complex techniques and showed a mastery of craft that is really just starting to be understood by archaeologists and art historians. In this talk, John Hessler, curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection, will discuss jade carving as represented in the exhibition Exploring the Early Americas. Northwest Gallery

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Gallery Talk: Conserving the Huexotzinco Codex Wednesday
    January 22, 2020
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
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    Conservators Sylvia Albro and Mary Haude will discuss the process for conserving one of the Library’s top treasures, the Huexotzinco Codex, an original page of which will be on display for a limited time in the Exploring the Early Americas gallery. Speakers will be encouraged to bring examples of tools used during the conservation process for the presentation. Northwest Gallery

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Gallery Talk: Rosa Parks, Before the Bus Wednesday
    February 5, 2020
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
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    In honor of the anniversary of Parks’s birth on February 4, exhibition curator Adrienne Cannon will discuss Parks’s childhood and family life before the Montgomery Bus Boycott. South Gallery