Watch these videos just added to the Library of Congress website.ARC Ensemble: Artists of the Royal Conservatory of Music, CanadaThe ARC Ensemble musicians (Artists of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada) are considered among Canada's leading cultural ambassadors. Its 20-year history of excellent concerts and superbly-produced recordings documents the ensemble's focus on the research and rediscovery of music suppressed and marginalized under the 20th century's repressive regimes.Conversation with Simon Wynberg of ARC Ensemble? Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices from The Colburn SchoolThe Colburn School's Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices encourages the performance and awareness of music by composers suppressed during the years of the Nazi regime in Europe. Artistic Director James Conlon conducts the school's orchestra in a significant work by the Austrian composer Franz Schreker, known in the early 20th century primarily for his operas.Conversation with Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices? Homegrown: Herb Ohta, Jr., Hawaiian Ukulele MasterMega songwriter Desmond Child ("Livin' on a Prayer," "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Dude Looks Like a Lady") tells the Library about writing one of his biggest hits, "Livin' La Vida Loca," in the late 1990s, when record executives were afraid Americans wouldn't know what "la vida loca" meant. The song was inducted into the 2022 class of the National Recording Registry.Conversation with Herb Ohta, Jr.? ? Joy Jumps from the PageThis event is part of the 12th annual Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Program, a feature supported by the Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Fund of the Library of Congress. The fund was established to honor the late son of Marcia and Barnet Eskin.? Before the Religious RightJoin the Kluge Center for a discussion with Gene Zubovich who explains the important role of liberal Protestants in the battles over poverty, segregation, and U.S. foreign relations in a global context.? Mary Lou Williams: Jazz, Race, Gender, and IconographyReporter, "Down Beat" columnist, author of "The Golden Age of Jazz" (1979), and photographer William P. Gottlieb (1917-2006) pioneered jazz iconography and shaped the American public's view of jazz. With access to Black jazz musicians in their work environments of nightclubs and concert halls and, in some cases, the private realms of these musicians' homes, Gottlieb documented New York's jazz scene during a ten-year period from 1938 to 1948. His photographs of jazz pianist-composer Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981) are exemplars of jazz iconography and serve as a case study of how Gottlieb depicted jazz musicians to the mainstream White public through his camera lens. Analysis of these photographs provide insight into the intersections of race, gender, and the politics of Jim Crow (racial segregation) with jazz.? Damon Galgut, Winner of the 2021 Booker PrizeWatch a conversation with South African novelist and playwright Damon Galgut in celebration of Africa Month. Galgut won the 2021 Booker Prize for his ninth novel "The Promise," a fictional account of a white South African family living on a farm outside Pretoria during the waning days of apartheid. Using humor to broach difficult subjects, the novel was praised by the Booker Prize judges for offering an "unambiguous commentary on the history of South Africa and of humanity itself."?
News from the Library of CongressAda Lim�n to Reveal Poem for NASA Europa, Film Festival Lineup of of Rare Cinema and Special Guests Released,? Library Awards More than $200,000 to Five Projects Highlighting Uses of Digital Collections? and More Ada Lim�n to Reveal Poem for NASA Europa Clipper Mission During Live at the Library in JuneDuring Live at the Library in June, U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Lim�n � recently reappointed for a historic two-year term � will unveil her original poem written for the NASA Europa Clipper mission. Plus, celebrations for the Juneteenth holiday will honor African American folk music and photography. Celebrate Pride with a concert saluting Billy Strayhorn on June 8, and view a display of LGBTQ+ collection items in the Great Hall.Learn more.Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Announces Next Round of Award Opportunities for Libraries, Archives, Museums, Higher Education and Artists/Scholars in ResidenceIndividuals and educational and cultural institutions who seek to imaginatively remix and reuse the Library of Congress' digital collections and create projects centering one or more of the following groups, Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander and/or other communities of color � are invited to apply to award opportunities through the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative.Learn more.Library of Congress Festival of Film and Sound Announces Full Lineup of Rare Cinema and Special GuestsThe Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center is announcing the full lineup of rare cinema and special guests to be featured at the inaugural Library of Congress Festival of Film and Sound.? The new four-day film festival will be held June 15-18 in association with the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center at the American Film Institute's beautifully restored 1938 art deco theater in Silver Spring, Maryland.Learn more.Library Awards More than $200,000 to Five Projects Highlighting Uses of Digital CollectionsThe Library of Congress announced that five awards, totaling more than $200,000, have been awarded from the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative through a program available to Libraries, Archives, Museums and Higher Education institutions. The 2023 awardees will use these funds to create projects that offer creative approaches to the Library's digital collections and center Black, Indigenous, and Latino or Hispanic studies.Learn more.Library Completes Digitization of Yongle Encyclopedia, Largest Reference Work of Pre-Modern EraThe Library of Congress has completed a yearslong effort to digitize the Yongle Encyclopedia (Yongle dadian ????), the largest reference work created in pre-modern China, and possibly the world. Digital publication of the 41 volumes held in the Library's collections provides open access to one of the most extensive attempts in world history to capture the entirety of human knowledge in book form.Learn more.
Watch these videos just added to the Library of Congress website.? 2022 National Film Registry AnnouncementThe 2022 Library of Congress National Film Registry announces its 25 inductions in this short video. It features clips from honorees such as "Iron Man," "When Harry Met Sally," "Carrie," "House Party," "Hairspray" and documentaries such as 'Attica" and "Union Maids." Interviews include Billy Crystal, Sissy Spacek, Ricki Lake, John Waters, Reginald Hudlin and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.The Poetry of Everyday Life: Reflections of an Urban FolkloristFolklorist Steve Zeitlin, the founding director of City Lore, one of America's leading research centers for the documentation of urban folklife and grassroots culture, eloquently reflects on his career, recounts some of his most meaningful projects, and discusses the relationship of folklore to everyday language and speech in contemporary America.An Evening with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Maria RessaRenowned international journalist Maria Ressa, the recipient of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, will talk about her new book, "How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for Our Future," with the Library's chief communications officer, Roswell Encina.The Flute of Ice: A Mumming from the VaultThe American Folklife Center's annual holiday play incorporates traditional songs, music, and folk drama from Library of Congress collections for a zany and fun time in the Great Hall.?
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Watch these videos just added to the Library of Congress website.? 2022 National Book Festival Video CollectionWatch over 60 videos that capture the 2022 National Book Festival, featuring Nick Offerman, Nyle DiMarco, Gail Anderson, Holly Black, and many more.? Whiteout: Celebrating Black Teen LoveAuthors Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon return to D.C. with "Whiteout," a sequel anthology full of more stories about Black love and joy, this time set during a snowy whiteout in Atlanta.2022 Library of Congress Literacy AwardsThe Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program honors nonprofit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States or abroad. This short video highlights the 2022 Library of Congress Literacy Awards winners and honorees.Mapping the Electoral Demographics of the United States by John HesslerThe Library welcomes Friends of the Library of Congress, Phillips Society, and Washington Map Society members for a discussion on Mapping U.S. elections through History by John Hessler.30 Years of Goosebumps and Magic Tree House with R.L. Stine and Mary Pope OsbourneGet in a Halloween mood with beloved authors R.L. Stine (master of spookiness and spine-tingles) and Mary Pope Osborne (wizard of imagination and adventure) at the Library of Congress.?
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