Events at the Library of Congress

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Reach for Gold: Copyright and Sports Thursday
    April 25, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    The U.S. Copyright Office will celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with a special event. This year’s theme, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports.”
    This event will be livestreamed from Library's YouTube site at https://www.youtube.com/uscopyrightofficeExternal.
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Flint, Shield, and Fire: Exploring Ancient Maya Warfare Thursday
    April 25, 2019
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
    Stephen Houston, Dupee Family Professor of Social Science, Brown University, and Library of Congress Kislak Chair for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas, will discuss ancient Maya warfare and the meanings of conflict and its aftermath. Drawing on recent explorations, Prof. Houston will showcase the lidar technology now revolutionizing the study of Pre-Columbian civilizations. A reception will follow. Guests... Kluge Center (LJ-119)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Franz Liszt's Sardanapalo Saturday
    April 27, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
    A conversation with David Rosen, PhD, Professor emeritus of Music, Cornell University. Whittall Pavilion (LJ-G45E)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society: A Conversation with Bob Carlson Wednesday
    May 1, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
    Join Law Librarian Jane Sánchez in a conversation with American Bar Association President, Bob Carlson on this year’s Law Day topic. Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society. In the United States and around the world, freedom of speech and the press are among the most important foundations for a free society. Free speech and free press are prominent topics in public discourse and litigation.... LJ-119

Saturday, May 4, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Conversation with Bill James Saturday
    May 4, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    A conversation between Baseball Americana curator Susan Reyburn and Bill James, the baseball analyst who coined the term and popularized “sabermetrics,” the method of statistical analysis that has revolutionized Major League baseball. Kluge Center (LJ-119)
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Tetzlaff-Tetzlaff-Vogt Trio Saturday
    May 4, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
    PRE-CONCERT CONVERSATION A conversation with David Plylar, PhD, Music Division. Whittall Pavilion (LJ-G45E)

Monday, May 6, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Joining the Club: A History of Jews and Yale Monday
    May 6, 2019
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
    In observance of Jewish American Heritage Month, and in cooperation with the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, Dr. Dan A. Oren . will present on his book titled "Joining the Club: A History of Jews and Yale." Whittall Pavilion (LJ-G45E)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Digital International Treasures, "The Persian Language Rare Materials Digitization Project" Friday
    May 10, 2019
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
    In celebration of the Persian New Year, or Nowruz, the African and Middle Eastern Division announced the online release of 150 Persian manuscripts from the division’s rare Persian language collections. Originated from the various parts of Central, South and West Asia with some dating back to the 13th century, these manuscripts shed light on scientific, religious, philosophical and literary traditions of LJ-119

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Dick Spottswood: A Discographer on the Record Tuesday
    May 14, 2019
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    The renowned discographer, researcher, author, broadcaster, and scholar of folk and ethnic music Dick Spottswood will join us at the Library of Congress to participate in a two-part event in the Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture Series. The event will feature an interview with AFC staff members about his career and accomplishments followed by a panel with prominent Washington DC folklorists, ethnomusicologists, and archivists highlighting... Whittall Pavilion (LJ-G45E)
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Diane Seuss Tuesday
    May 14, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
    Poet Diane Seuss will discuss her work with Ron Charles, book critic at The Washington Post. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Gallery Talk: Glyphs on Pots: History of Maya Ceramics Wednesday
    May 15, 2019
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
    Writing was independently invented in five areas of the ancient world, including Mesoamerica. Of these, the Maya glyphic system stands out for its creation of syllabic and pictorial writing. John Hessler, curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection, will discuss this priceless literary cultural heritage as preserved on vessels in the exhibition. Northwest Gallery

Thursday, May 16, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    A Conversation with Jessye Norman Thursday
    May 16, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
    Jessye Norman’s incomparable voice and exceptional artistry have made her a legend in the world of the opera stage and the concert hall, indisputably one of the major artists of our time. Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)

Friday, May 17, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    "Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam" Friday
    May 17, 2019
    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
    Al and Lee Beltrone, co-founders of the Vietnam Graffiti Project, and other special guests will present a multimedia story about the men who were transported to Vietnam aboard the P2 General Nelson M. Walker, leaving behind musings and folk-art style drawing on their berthing canvases. Packard Campus Theater

Thursday, May 23, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    North Mississippi Homeplace: Photographs and Folklife, a book talk by Michael Ford Thursday
    May 23, 2019
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
    In 2014 the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress acquired Michael Ford's collection of films and photographs documenting grassroots community life in northern Mississippi. The Michael Ford Mississippi Collection includes documentation of music, farming traditions, blacksmithing, molasses making, and other aspects of community life in LaFayette, Marshall, Tate, and Panola Counties, Mississippi, during the early 1970s. In addition to the 2019 book,... Whittall Pavilion (LJ-G45E)
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Art in Action: Conversation with Helen Zughaib Thursday
    May 23, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    Helen Zughaib’s work engages with contemporary political issues, including the experiences of refugees, and is on view in the exhibition Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times. Prints & Photographs curator Katherine Blood will interview the artist about her work and the two will discuss the role of art in social movements, artists as change makers, and the nature and... LJ-119

Saturday, June 1, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Saturday
    June 1, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
    A pre-concert conversation with the composer. Whittall Pavilion (LJ-G45E)

Monday, June 3, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Walt Whitman Open House Monday
    June 3, 2019
    2:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
    The Library of Congress will present a Walt Whitman Open House display in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building. The Open House will feature a special array of rarely seen Walt Whitman collection items from the Manuscript, Rare Book, Music, and Prints and Photographs divisions, as well as Serials and General Collections. The display will include items pertaining to Whitman’s time in Washington,... LJ-119

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    The Cartographic History of Afghanistan: The Early Modern and Colonial Periods Tuesday
    June 4, 2019
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
    In this lecture, Dr. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (James Madison University) will discuss the complexity, innovation, redundancy, and contradictions in the cartographic history of modern maps of Afghanistan. The lecture will focus specifically on 18th and 19th century mapping projects that emanated from British India. Dining Room a (LM-620)