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Friday, September 22, 2017

Curator’s Exhibition Tour – Newspapers in World War I.

Reference Specialist Arlene Balkansky of the Serial and Government Publications Division examines the story of WWI through newspapers on display in the exhibition Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I.

Sponsored by the Interpretive Programs Office.

Where: Southwest Gallery, Second Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building

When: Friday, September 22, 2017, 1:00-1:30 PM


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Book Talk - The media, myth, and fake news: From Watergate to Today.

American University professor W. Joseph Campbell discusses the rise of 'fake news' and the prevalence of media myths in this noontime talk drawn from the new, expanded edition of his book, Getting It Wrong: Debunking the Greatest Myths in American Journalism (University of California Press, 2017). Dr. Campbell conducts a good deal of his research at Library reading rooms.
A selection of newspapers from the Serial and government Publications Division will be on exhibit.

Where: West Dining Room, 6th floor, Madison Building
When: Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 12:00-1:00 PM


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Friday, September 15, 2017

Talk - The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: Comics & The Power of Intellectual Freedom.

A trend that began in the 1940s continues today—challenges to comic books! Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the non-profit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, will share the history of comic book censorship from the medium's origins to the present day. Participants will learn about the history of comic book censorship, and how that history still informs challenges to graphic novels happening right now. Learn what CBLDF does to protect this valuable medium, discover some of the most frequently challenged comics and graphic novels, and what you can do to make a difference. Emerge from this session with a new or renewed passion for comics, graphic novels, and manga and as a strong advocate for protecting this form of free speech!
A selection of comic books from the Serial and Government Publications Division will be on display.
This is the sixth annual SPX festival program sponsored by the Serial & Government Publications Division.

Where: West Dining Room, 6th floor, Madison Building
When: Friday, September 15, 2017, 12:00 noon-1:00 PM


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Book Talk - African American Doctors of World War I: The Lives of 104 Volunteers.

Local historians W. Douglas Fisher and Joann H. Buckley discuss their latest book, African American Doctors of World War I: The Lives of 104 Volunteers. Inspired by his grandfather’s diaries and letters, Fisher and Buckley share the stories of the doctors who cared for the 40,000 men of the 92nd and 93rd Divisions, the Army’s only black combat units. Join us as we explore an overlooked story of African American achievements in World War I.
A selection of World War I artifacts collected by the speakers will be on display.
Copies of the book will be for sale before and after the talk.

Where: West Dining Room, 6th floor, Madison Building
When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 12:30-1:30 PM


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Monday, May 4, 2017

Hands-On Research Event - Before They Were Liberators: 1942-43.
The Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room is hosting a research sprint with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for their History Unfolded project. Help us to search historic American newspapers to find out what people in military communities knew about the Holocaust in 1942-43, as news of mass killings emerged in the American press.

Contribute to History Unfolded: https://newspapers.ushmm.org

Space is limited, so please RSVP: http://bit.ly/MayLOCSprint

Where: Room 133, Madison Building, 1st floor, Madison Building
When: Monday, May 4, 2017, Drop In Between 4pm and 7pm


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Monday, March 6, 2017

Hands-On Research Event - The First Days of the Holocaust 1933-1935.
The Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room is hosting a research sprint with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for their History Unfolded project. Help us to search historic American newspapers to find out what people knew and how they reacted to the events leading up to and during the Holocaust.

Contribute to History Unfolded: https://newspapers.ushmm.org

Space is limited, so please RSVP: http://bit.ly/MarchLOC

Where: Room 133, Madison Building, 1st floor, Madison Building
When: Monday, March 6, 2017, Drop In Between 4pm and 7pm


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Monday, March 6, 2017

Curatorial Display - Will Eisner Centennial: Discovering His Legacy in the Library’s Collections.
Join curators from the Prints & Photographs Division and the Serial & Government Publications Division in a celebration of noted cartoonist, comic book publisher, and graphic novelist Will Eisner. A selection of comic art and comic books will be on exhibit.

This event is co-sponsored by Prints & Photographs Division and the Serial & Government Publications Division.

Where: Room 139, Madison Building, 1st floor, Madison Building
When: Monday, March 6, 201, 11:00-1:00 PM


Monday, November 7, 2016

Panel Discussion: The Unacknowledged History of Black Creators and Black Characters in Comic Books.

In addition to the history of black creators of comic books, the panel will examine the degree to which early black superheroes generally adhered to common stereotypes of black men. Panelists: Darrel Goza (Goza Creative/ScriptGraphics Comic Books), David McClain (co-owner: Graphyc Rythmic Productions), and Katrina Oxner (also of Goza Creative).

Where: Mumford Room, 6th floor, Madison Building
When: Monday, November 7, 2016, 12:00-1:30 pm

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Fantagraphics Books and the Advent of the Graphic Novel

SPEAKER: Gary Groth, editor and publisher, Fantagraphics Books.

Legendary comic book editor and publisher Gary Groth recounts the history of Fantagraphics Books. Celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, Fantagraphics grew from a small, upstart press operating in College Park, Maryland, into the influential and noteworthy publisher it is today. Groth will discuss the struggles, achievements and highlights of a comic book publisher that has accomplished much in its forty-year history. Join us as we celebrate its milestone anniversary.

This is the fifth annual SPX festival program sponsored by the Serial & Government Publications Division. .

Where: West Dining Room, 6th floor, Madison Building
When: Friday, September 16, 2016, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Book talk- DRAWING ON HISTORY - Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream

Josh O’Neill, Andrew Carl and Chris Stevens of Locust Moon Press tell the fascinating story of the creation of the 2015 Eisner Award winning volume, Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream.
In 2014, Locust Moon Press started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of the volume, a tribute to master cartoonist Winsor McCay. Many of the world’s finest cartoonists celebrated his masterpiece, the comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, by creating 118 new Little Nemo strips, each in their own unique style. The resulting work, published on the same giant, broadsheet newspaper-sized canvas as McCay’s creation, is both a stunning homage to McCay and a publishing work of art.
This is the fourth annual SPX festival program sponsored by the Serial & Government Publications Division.

Where: West Dining Room, 6th floor, Madison Building
When: Friday, September 18, 2015, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Since early June, the Serial & Government Publications Division has hosted several interns as part of the LC Knowledge Navigators program, and the Newspaper Section has benefited from the collection work of three interns from Catholic University, the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary. They have been working with our US portfolio newspaper collections, historic events newspaper collections, and our comic book collection.

On Tuesday, August 11, from 2-3 pm, they will be displaying selections of completed work in the back of the Newspaper Reading Room, LM 133. Please stop by to see what they have been up to in the short time they have been here!

Where: Newspaper Reading Room, LM 133
(1st floor, Madison Building)
When: 2-3 pm

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Serial and Government Publications Division of the Library of Congress presents W. Joseph Campbell discussing his book; The Year That Created the Future: A Look Back to 1995.

In his latest book 1995: the Year the Future Began, journalism historian W. Joseph Campbell turns to a decisive year in the recent past: the year 1995. Drawing on news reports, oral histories, archives, and memoirs, Dr. Campbell explores the year’s watershed moments in new media, domestic terrorism, crime and justice, international diplomacy, and political scandal. 1995 marked the emergence of the Internet and World Wide Web into mainstream consciousness. It was the year of the Oklahoma City bombing and the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, It was the year when a U.S.-brokered peace agreement ended the war in Bosnia, Europe's most vicious war since the time of the Nazis. And it was the year when President Bill Clinton began a dalliance with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, an affair that led to Clinton's impeachment.
The book turns a fresh lens to each of those developments and argues that its watershed moments live on.

Where: Dining Room A, Madison Building
(6th floor, Madison Building)
When: Noon


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Serial and Government Publications Division of the Library of Congress presents theatre historian Thomas Bogar discussing his book; Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: Dramatic Lives Behind the Headlines.

“Imagine for a moment that the president of the United States has just been murdered in your workplace by one of your most admired and charismatic colleagues, as you stood nearby.” So begins theatre historian Thomas Bogar’s latest book, Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination. Using previously unpublished sources and contemporary newspapers, he tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination from a unique new point of view: the forty-six actors and stagehands present the night John Wilkes Booth shot the President.

Where: West Dining Room, Madison Building
(6th floor, Madison Building)
When: Noon

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