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The Library of Congress offers these events to the public at its Washington, D.C. location free of charge, except where otherwise noted. Schedules are subject to change. Check back to this site for the latest information.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tour — Public Tours of the Jefferson Building

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ground Floor Visitors' Theater.
Contact: (202) 707-8000

Lecture — Kluge Scholar Seminar

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Will I. Hitchcock, Kissinger Chair at the John W. Kluge Center, discusses "The Ike Age: Eisenhower, America and the World of the 1950s."
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3302

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All Public Events for May 2013

Concert

Orchestra 2001

May 3, 2013, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Orchestra 2001, featuring soprano Ann Crumb and baritone Patrick Mason, present works by George Crumb and the world premiere of "Slow Summer Stay II: Lakes," by Chaya Czernowin.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Quebe Sisters Band

May 10, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
The Quebe Sisters Band performs a special blend of western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz and swing standards, and Texas-style fiddling.
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

Attacca Quartet

May 22, 2013, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Attacca Quartet plays pieces by Janacek, Beethoven, Adams and a world premiere by Timothy Andres.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Violinist Jennifer Koh

May 23, 2013, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Reiko Uchida present works by Janacek, Salonen, Schubert and Adams.
Location: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE Washington, DC
Contact: (202) 707-5502

International Contemporary Ensemble

May 24, 2013, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The International Contemporary Ensemble, conducted by John Adams, performs pieces by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, DiCastri and Adams. Tickets required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

U.S. Army Blues

May 25, 2013, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The U.S. Army Blues traces John Adams' musical lineage back to the era of swing bands and his grandfather's New Hampshire dance hall.
Location: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE Washington, DC
Contact: (202) 707-5502

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Poetry Reading

May 1, 2013, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
To commemorate Natasha Trethewey's year as Poet Laureate, poets Marilyn Chin, Brenda Shaughnessy, Patricia Smith, Brian Turner and Kevin Young read from their work. Following, Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey closes the literary season with a lecture titled "Necessary Utterance: Poetry as Cultural Force" at 7 p.m.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

CANCELED--Work of Katherine Porter

May 15, 2013, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
CANCELED Novelists Mary Gaitskill and Janet Peery read from the work of Katherine Anne Porter.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Walt Whitman Reading

May 31, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Poets Mark Doty and Sally Keith read from the work of Walt Whitman.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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Film

"Memphis Belle"

May 11, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Memphis Belle" (Warner Bros., 1990).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 14, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
"Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority."
Location: Dining Room A, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-0979

"The Bitter Tea of General Yen"

May 16, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"The Bitter Tea of General Yen" (Columbia, 1933).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Shoulder Arms"

May 17, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Shoulder Arms" (First National, 1918).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Francis Joins the WACs"

May 18, 2013, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
"Francis Joins the WACs" (Universal, 1954).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Flags of Our Fathers"

May 23, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Flags of Our Fathers" (Paramount, 2006, R-Rated*).(
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Thousands Cheer"

May 30, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Thousands Cheer" (MGM, 1943).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"They Were Expendable"

May 31, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"They Were Expendable" (MGM, 1945).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

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Holiday

Memorial Day

May 27, 2013, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Jefferson Building's Great Hall and exhibitions will be open to the public. All other reading rooms and other Library buildings will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day federal holiday.
Location: All buildings
Contact: (202) 707-8000

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Lecture

Cyrillic Union Catalog

May 1, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Reference specialist Angela Cannon discusses her research on the Cyrillic Union Catalog.
Location: European Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4371

Rabbi 'Alphabet' Browne

May 1, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Janice Rothschild Blumberg discusses her new book "Prophet in a Time of Priests: Rabbi 'Alphabet' Browne, 1845-1929."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3779

Kluge Scholar Seminar

May 2, 2013, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Will I. Hitchcock, Kissinger Chair at the John W. Kluge Center, discusses "The Ike Age: Eisenhower, America and the World of the 1950s."
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3302

George Crumb and Chaya Czernowin

May 3, 2013, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
George Crumb and Chaya Czernowin discuss their music.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Ian MacKaye

May 7, 2013, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Ian MacKaye of bands The Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Embrace, Fugazi, and The Evens discusses his music and work as co-founder and co-owner of Dischord Records, which has been documenting music coming out of the Washington D.C. underground for the past 30 years.
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-2603

Kluge Center Seminar

May 8, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Kluge Fellow Victor Goldgel presents a talk on "The Quest for 'New' in Spanish-American Culture: Fashion and Newspapers in the 19th Century."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3302

Contemporary African Lit

May 8, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Nigerian writer A. Igoni Barrett reads from his work and discussed the state of contemporary African literature.
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

20th Century Ukraine

May 9, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Liudmyla Hrynevych discusses her book "The Collectivization and Holodomor Chronicle Project: The Unknown Famine of 1928-1929," and Vladyslav Hrynevych discusses his new monograph titled "Unbridled Dissonance: The Second World War and Socio-political Attitudes in Ukraine, 1939-1941."
Location: European Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4371

Hank Greenberg

May 13, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Filmmaker Aviva Kempner talks about and shows clips from her film "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-3779

Kluge Scholar Seminar

May 16, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Black Mountain Fellow Oksana Marafioti presents "Magic Realism in the Soviet Union."
Location: LJ Room A-113, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3302

Managing Satellites

May 22, 2013, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
NASA scientist Steve Covington presents "How to Manage a Satellite Going 17 Thousand Miles Per Hour."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1209

Kluge Scholar Seminar

May 22, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Tobie Meyer-Fong, Kluge Fellow in 2006, discusses his book "What Remains: Coming to Terms with Civil War in 19th Century China."
Location: LJ Room A-113, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3302

Buddhist works in Dunhuang

May 24, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Chinese aestheticist, artist, poet and philosopher Ertai Gao discusses Chinese literature and the popularization of ancient Buddhist works found in Dunhuang.
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3683

John Adams Project

May 24, 2013, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Composer John Adams discusses his music.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

John Adams

May 25, 2013, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Composer John Adams discusses his music. NOTICE: Event moved to Room LJ-119.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Arabetics

May 28, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Saad Abulhab, an Arabic type designer, presents "Arabetics: Arabic Language and Script History, Typography and Computing."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4708

Dona Gracia Nasi

May 29, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Andree Aelion Brooks discusses her book "The Woman Who Defied Kings: The Life and Times of Dona Gracia Nasi."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9897

Chinese Adoption

May 29, 2013, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
British-Chinese broadcast journalist and writer Xinran. discusses Chinese birth mothers and the worldwide China adoptee community.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-6096

Illustrated Books

May 30, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Kluge Fellow Ilaria Andreoli presents a talk titled "Illustrated Books of the 15th and 16th Centuries."
Location: LJ Room A-113, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3302

Development of Jordan

May 30, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Raouf Abujaber, honorary counsel general of the Netherlands in Jordan, discusses "The Development of Transjordan During the 19th Century."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4708

Beta Israel

May 31, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Nili Auerbach, director of the Hanan Aynor Foundation in Jerusalem, delivers a talk titled "Following a Dream: The Beta Israel Then and Now  Today's Ethiopian-Israeli Community and Its Pursuit of Higher Education."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4163

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Open House

Redrawing Ptolemy

May 18, 2013, 9 a.m. - Noon
Rare materials from the collections of the Geography and Map Division will be on display. Staff will offer tours of the "Exploring the Early Americas" exhibition in the Jefferson Building to view the works of Waldseemuller.
Location: LM B01 Geography and Map Reading Room, Basement floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-7223

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Panel Discussion

Law Day

May 1, 2013, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Carrie Johnson, justice correspondent with National Public Radio, moderates a panel discussion on the movement in America for civil and human rights in honor of Law Day.
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-4642

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Symposium

Naguib Mahfouz

May 14, 2013, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Six scholars will discuss various aspects of the work of Egyptian author and screen playwright Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006).
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-7311

Redrawing Ptolemy

May 17, 2013, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Scholars will discuss the 1516 Carta Marina Map, the 1513 edition of Ptolemy's "Geographia," the 1507 Globe Gores, and the mysterious John Carter Brown-Henry Stevens World Map engraved with the name "America,"
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-7223

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Gallery Talk

LeRoy Gresham Diary

May 1, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Michelle Krowl of the Manuscript Division introduces the diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, highlighting a young Confederate's view of the Civil War.
Location: Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

Civil War Technology

May 8, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Jennifer Harbster of the Science, Technology, and Business Division talks about the role of technology in the Civil War.
Location: Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

Port Royal band books

May 15, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Loras Schissel of the Music Division discusses the Port Royal band books.
Location: Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

Abraham Lincoln

May 22, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Mark Dimunation of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division explores the contents of Lincoln's pockets on the night he was assassinated.
Location: Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

Frederick Douglass

May 29, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Adrienne Cannon of the Manuscript Division talks about Frederick Douglass and the Civil War.
Location: Southwest Pavilion, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

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Tour

Public Tours of the Jefferson Building

Monday to Saturday: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (no 12:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. tour on Saturdays)
Location: Ground Floor Visitors' Theater.
Contact: (202) 707-8000

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