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The Blind Boys of Alabama Performance
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.

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Democracy and the Rule of Law in a Changing World Order

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If you missed the live broadcast, the entire week-long symposium has been archived online here.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 here).

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Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Interview Series: "It's About Time"

Interview with Actor Christopher Reeve
Event Date: October 26, 1999
View the cybercast of the interview

Interview with Disney Chairman & CEO Michael Eisner
Event Date: October 5, 1999
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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 face them.

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Frontiers of the Mind in the Twenty-First Century
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

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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

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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

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