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MC Bulletin Spring 2015

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  • March 7, 8PM - World Premiere Concert. Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, leads the Curtis Chamber Orchestra with works by Prokofiev and Mozart. Roberto Díaz premieres a new concerto by Jennifer Higdon, commissioned by the Library and the Curtis Institute, and Spano puts on his composer hat for a performance of his Hölderlin-Lieder. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • March 18-19 - Blumberg Dialogues on Astrobiology. Part one of a three-part dialogue series that will convene scientists, social scientists, humanities scholars and writers from around the country and the world to investigate the intersection of astrobiology research with humanistic and societal concerns. Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ-119, First Floor. Time to be announced. Part Two, May 28. Part Three, August 6.
  • April 10-11 - James Madison Council Spring Meeting. Washington, DC.
  • April 30, 7PM - In Conclusion: A Poets Laureate Conversation. 20th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Charles Wright, and 15th Poet Laureate Consultant Charles Simic will participate in a moderated discussion with Poetry magazine editor Don Share to conclude the spring literary season at the Library. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • June 10-11 - The John W. Kluge Center Anniversary. On the occasion of The John W. Kluge Center’s 15th anniversary, the Kluge Center hosts the first-ever #ScholarFest, a unique celebration of scholarship on Capitol Hill. Three Kluge Prize winners will be joined by more than 40 leading scholars and 30 outstanding Fellows–-all former residents at the Kluge Center-–for a series of scholarly conversations on foreign policy, history, ethics, religion and the humanities and social sciences. Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • July 8 - Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Lecture. The Library will host the first lecture in a series established with support from the Daniel K. Inouye Institute. The subject of the lecture by former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell will be reflective of Senator Inouye’s bipartisan leadership and moral courage in shaping of our ever-evolving democracy. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Buiding.
  • September 4, 6PM - 15th Anniversary National Book Festival Gala. Coolidge Auditorium and Great Hall, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • September 5 10AM-10PM - Library of Congress National Book Festival. The Library of Congress and its highly popular celebration of authors and readers, the National Book Festival, will mark a double anniversary in 2015, recognizing the festival’s 15th year and celebrating 200 years since the Library’s acquisition of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library. Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
  • Late September - John W. Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Humanity. The Kluge Prize recognizes and celebrates work of the highest quality and greatest impact in areas that advance understanding of the human experience. Coolidge Auditorium and Great Hall, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • October 9-10 - James Madison Council Fall Meeting. Washington, DC.
  • October 19 - Concert Honoring Cultural Icon Marvin Hamlisch. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • November 18 - The Library of Congress Gerswhin Prize for Popular Song. The Library presents a star-studded tribute show honoring the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. DAR Constitution Hall.

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  • Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom. September 10, 2014 - January 2, 2016. A major exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that highlights major legal and legislative victories, and sheds light on well-known and ordinary individuals who shaped both the civil rights movement and the social and cultural life of our nation. Southwest Exhibition Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • First Among Many: The Bay Psalm Book and Early Monuments in American Printing. June 4, 2015 - January 2, 2016. A gem-like exhibition will tell the story of American printing over a span of 100 years as it evolved from a colonial necessity to the clarion of freedom. The exhibition will feature the David Rubenstein and Library of Congress copies of the Bay Psalm Book, an iconic piece of American history which launched an approach to publication particular to the American press, and will explain the voyage these texts took through time and culture. South Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • Exploring the Early Americas. Ongoing exhibition, opened December 12, 2007. The exhibit features selections from the more than 3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. Northwest Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building.