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The Blind Boys of
Wednesday, June 5, 2002
Fresh from their Grammy win, the Blind Boys of Alabama
present a free, lunchtime gospel concert on the steps
of the Library of Congress. The concert was co-sponsored
by the American Folklife Center and the Kennedy Center
Millennium Stage as part of "Homegrown 2002: The Music
of America," and the Library's Music Division, as part
of its major musical initiative, "I Hear America Singing."
The Blind Boys of Alabama formed as a group at the Talladega
Institute for the Deaf and Blind -- thirty miles from
Birmingham, Ala. -- in 1937, where the members were taught
piano in Braille. They sang together whenever they could;
sneaking out of the school grounds to entertain nearby
soldier encampments based there during World War II.
TOPIC: Poetry in America:
A Library of Congresss Bicentennial Celebration
April 3, 2000 and April 4, 2000
On Monday and Tuesday, April
3 and 4, "Poetry in America: A Library of Congress Bicentennial
Celebration" was cybercast live. The event was sponsored
by the Library of Congress, the Academy of American Poets, and
the Poetry Society of America, with additional support from Borders.
The celebration began on Monday, April 3 with readings of "favorite
poems" by Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, Rita Dove, Louise
Gluck, and W.S. Merwin, along with Joshua Weiner and Naomi Shihab
Nye. The reading celebrates the completion of The Favorite Poem
Project, a video and audio archive of more than 1,000 Americans
of all ages and from all backgrounds reading aloud their favorite
poems. The project was supported with a grant from the National
Endowment for the Arts.
IMPORTANT Viewing Notes: (1) viewing the webcast requires the
free RealPlayer (version 7) software, click here to download and install the free software; (2)
please note that after downloading the software you must install
it, simply downloading the software is not the complete process.
If you need technical support
viewing the videos, please direct your questions to support@ConnectLive.com
RECENT WEBCASTS NOW ARCHIVED:
Democracy and the Rule of Law in a Changing
An International Symposium
Originally broadcast live on: March 7-10, 2000
If you missed the live broadcast, the entire week-long symposium
has been archived online here. CLICK
HERE to see the video archive of the event.
Four U.S. Supreme Court Justices
were among the participants in an international symposium March
7-10, 2000, on "Democracy and the Rule of Law in a Changing
World Order," co-sponsored by the Library of Congress and
the New York University School of Law. Judges, legislators, legal
scholars and experts in various fields from 21 countries, many
of them members of New York University's Global Law Faculty,
analyzed democracy and the rule of law in the following topical
areas: the state and human rights; corporate power and the global
economy; national sovereignty; the roles of women; responsible
and fair use of natural resources; religion and governance; and
multiethnic and multiracial states.
For biographies of participants
and abstracts of some of the presentations, (click
Interview Series: "It's About Time"
Interview with Actor Christopher Reeve
Event Date: October 26, 1999
the cybercast of the interview
Interview with Disney Chairman
& CEO Michael Eisner
Event Date: October 5, 1999
the cybercast of the interview
Parade magazine Editor Walter Anderson interviews (1)
Disney Chairman & CEO Michael Eisner and (2) actor Christopher
Reeve as part of a series of interviews known as "It's About
Time." The goal is to create a record that gives viewers
a sense of America at the turn of the millennium and what we
thought about. Both are asked to consider what we should have
in mind as we enter the next century; what are the moral, academic
and technological challenges we must face; and how should we
Frontiers of the Mind in the Twenty-First
Event Date: June 15-17, 1999
Distinguished scholars summarized
significant developments in the past century in approximately
24 fields of knowledge, and speculated on what will be the most
important developments in these fields in the 21st century, during
this major intellectual summit held at the Library of Congress.
See more information on presenters and paper excerpts.
View the cybercast of the symposium
Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky:
"Poetry and American Memory"
Event Date: Thursday, October 8, 1998
With this lecture on "Poetry
and American Memory," Mr. Pinsky officially opened the Library's
1998-1999 poetry and literature series. The Poet Laureate Consultant
in Poetry is appointed each year by the Librarian of Congress.
See and hear Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky
Author William Styron
Event Date: Wednesday, November 4, 1998
Mr. Styron, one of America's
leading novelists, appeared with James West III, author of William
Styron: A Life, in this Books & Beyond program at the Library.
Mr. Styron is known primarily for his novels such as Lie Down
in Darkness (1951), The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), and
Sophie's Choice (1989). His most recent work, Tidewater Morning:
Three Tales from Youth (1993), is a collection of stories set
in his native Tidewater, Virginia.
See and hear author William Styron