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What's Happening at the American Folklife Center

Throughout the year, the Center sponsors workshops, lectures, exhibits, concerts, and conferences (on its own and in cooperation with other Library of Congress offices and outside agencies) in order to educate the American people about the importance of their own cultural traditions and the traditions of others. All events are free and do not require tickets unless otherwise noted.

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2016 Events






July 21, 2016 Noon-1:00 The Legendary Ingramettes: African American Gospel Music from Virginia, Homegrown Concert Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building Free
July 28, 2016 Noon-1:00 Rahim AlHaj Trio: Middle Eastern Music from New Mexico
Rahim AlHaj playing oud, Sourena Sefati playing santour, and Issa Malluf on percussion.
Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building Free
August 2, 2016 Noon-1:00 "Canaries, Nightingales, Whistlers, and Transcribers: Birdsong, Bird-Imitators and the Early 20th-Century Recording Industry," Ian Nagoski, Founder and Director, Canary Records (lecture) Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building
Sept 12


Sept 13

9:00-5:30 (Monday)

9:00-Noon (Tuesday)

Collections, Collaborations, & Connections Symposium: As part of its ongoing 40th Anniversary celebrations, the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress will present "Collections, Collaborations & Connections," a free public symposium. The panels will highlight the Center’s unparalleled collections, explore innovative approaches to cultural documentation, and focus on current best practices regarding ownership rights and access to archival resources in today’s rapidly changing digital landscape. Research scholars, community members, documentarians, and archivists at a range of cultural institutions will discuss historical initiatives, current challenges, and emerging trends in dialogue with audience members and AFC staff. The program and online registration for this seminal event will be available shortly. Montpelier Room
Sixth Floor
James Madison Building
Free,registration required (check back for information on how to register)

Past Events

Find descriptions and webcasts of past American Folklife Center events, including Botkin Lectures, Civil Rights History Events, Homegrown Concerts, and Symposia.

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