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New Video: Poetry, Publishing & Race

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:04:07 -0500

Poets and editors discuss the ways poetry helps navigate race in contemporary American culture.

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New Video: The Economy of Promises

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:03:21 -0500

In an economy that depends on credit, people have to decide who is trustworthy and will keep their promises, and who is not. 2016 Maguire Chair Bruce Carruthers considers how credit and credit decision-making in the U.S. has developed suring the 19th and 20th-centuries with the invention and spread of credit ratings and scores.

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New Video: Mat Perez v. the FBI

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:02:33 -0500

Retired FBI Special Agent Samuel Martinez discusses workplace discrimination based on race, gender or age within government agencies.

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New Video: Talk with Cecilia String Quartet

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:29:51 -0500

Members of the Cecilia String Quartet discuss their experience preparing a concert using the Library's historic Stradivari instruments and their collaboration with composer Agócs, whose work "Tantric Variations" was commissioned by the quartet and received its U.S. premiere at the Library on December 17, 2016. Presented in association with Canada 150 and the Embassy of Canada.

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New Video: Queer Iberia

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:28:46 -0500

Josiah Blackmore and Gregory Hutcheson discuss their book "Queer Iberia," which looks at the sexual diversity that proliferated during the period between the 10th and the 16th centuries when political hegemony in the region of Spain and Portugal passed from Muslim to Christian hands.

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New Video: Poet Terrance Hayes

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:27:37 -0500

Washington Post Book World Editor Ron Charles talks to Poet Terrance Hayes about his poetry.

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New Video: The Hungry Steppe

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:26:41 -0500

Kluge Fellow Sarah Cameron analyzes a little-known episode of Stalinist social engineering, the Kazakh famine of 1930-33, which led to the death of more than 1.5 million people, a quarter of Soviet Kazakhstan's population.

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New Video: Cancer Moonshot Initiative

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:19:19 -0500

A panel discussion with representatives of the White House Moonshot Cancer Task Force and other organizations interested in cancer research.

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New Video: Miranda Warning in Eastern Europe

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:18:12 -0500

In celebration of Human Rights Day, a panel of distinguished American and European politicians and scholars discussed address how American laws -- and specifically,the Miranda warning -- have affected human rights developments in Romania and the former Soviet Union.

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New Video: Sidney Robertson on the Road

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:04:50 -0500

In her travels as a "government song woman" during the 1930s, folk-music collector Sidney Robertson recorded a wide range of musical expression that would help to shape the folk music revival in the decades that followed. Kluge Fellow Sheryl Kaskowitz discusses how beyond this important musical contribution, Robertson's letters and reports from these trips paint a vivid picture of life in Depression-era America and shed light on the government's use of music in the service of uniting the people during the New Deal.

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New Video: Manhunt That Changed the Nation

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:03:46 -0500

1933 has been called "The Year of Fear" for good reason. Prohibition had led to a precipitous rise in crime, and some of the nation's most infamous criminals engineered a string of mayhem and lawlessness such as America had never seen. When Prohibition was repealed that year, these criminals looked elsewhere for sources of easy cash.

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New Video: Islam in America

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:50:50 -0500

A symposium on the impact of Islamic religion and culture in America.

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New Video: Peter Kuper on "Ruins"

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:43:46 -0500

Graphic novelist Peter Kuper discusses his book, "Ruins," which follows the story of Samantha and George, a couple on sabbatical in the Mexican town of Oaxaca.

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New Video: Soviet Economic & Social Crisis of 1920

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:42:57 -0500

Jonathan Kapiloff discusses food supply, rail transport, fuel and demographic information related to the Soviet economic and social crisis of 1920.

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New Video: Birdsong in Early 20th Century Recording

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:42:10 -0500

Ian Nagoski drew examples of rare early recordings from his recent digital release "Ecstatic & Wingless: Bird-Imitation on Four Continents, ca. 1910-44" to explore this forgotten art form and illuminate the world of vaudevillians and bird-fanciers, of canaries, nightingales, finches, and the people who studied them, poeticized them, and tried to be them.

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New Video: Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:41:15 -0500

According to author Janet Polasky, "Nation-based histories cannot do justice to the rowdy, radical interchange of ideas around the Atlantic world during the tumultuous years from 1776 to 1804. National borders were powerless to restrict the flow of enticing new visions of human rights and universal freedom." She discusses her new book on the subject.

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New Video: Kundiman Poetry Spotlight

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:37:26 -0600

Poets Janine Joseph and Aimee Nezhukumatathil read and discuss their work with Kundiman Advisory Board Co-Chair Jennifer Chang.

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New Video: Tracking Time

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:36:08 -0600

Camilo Jose Vergara, who has spent a career photographing the evolution of poor, minority neighborhoods in New York, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana and California, discusses his work concerning two of these locales: lower Manhattan and Detroit.

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New Video: Dale Ann Bradley Band

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:35:19 -0600

Dale Ann Bradley performs some of her compositions together with a tribute to Jean Ritchie and examples of traditional bluegrass songs from Kentucky found in Library of Congress collections.

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New Video: African Immigrants in the US

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:34:37 -0600

An afternoon conference at the John W. Kluge Center on the role of contemporary African immigrants in the United States.

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New Video: Emergence of Life Symposium

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 07:58:20 -0600

The emergence of life, one of the most compelling topics in astrobiology, was the focus of a daylong astrobiology symposium at the Library of Congress. In three sessions, scientists, authors and scholars discussed the origins of life, how we came to know it, and what it means:

New Video: Conservation & the Daguerreotype

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:26:12 -0600

Tracing the history of the daguerreotype from Paris to Philadelphia, this lecture explores the various improvements made to Daguerre's process and the ways in which it was used, examines the importance of Robert Cornelius as an American photographer, explains the history and ethics of conservation treatment and expands upon why conservation science-based research is necessary for the long-term preservation of our earliest national photographic treasures.

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New Video: 2016 Literacy Awards

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:25:07 -0600

The Library of Congress Literacy Awards honor organizations working to promote literacy and reading in the United States and worldwide.

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New Video: Artemio Posadas

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:24:11 -0600

In this performance of Mexican music and dance, Artemio Posadas is accompanied by Russell Rodriguez, Dolores Garcia and Mary Ann Zahorsky.

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New Video: Childhood During WWII

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:20:01 -0600

Alona Frankel discusses "Girl," her memoir about a Polish Jewish girl's survival, hiding as a Gentile in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II.

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