U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo at the Miami Book Fair

Events at the Library of Congress


Kluge Prize Address From Recipient Danielle Allen

Tuesday, November 16, 6:30-8 p.m. ET 

Join us for a live-streamed gala from the Great Hall of the Library of Congress honoring Danielle Allen with the John W. Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanity.

Allen will deliver an address titled “Educating for American Democracy,” in which she considers the role of education in fostering a common purpose in American society. At a time when the idea of cooperation for the public good is tested by crisis and political division, Allen’s work connects us and brings us together around shared goals, all while maintaining the importance of the differences that make the United States what it is.

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U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo at the Miami Book Fair

Monday, November 15, noon-1 p.m. ET 

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo talks with Robert Casper, head of Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress, about her new memoir, “Poet Warrior,” as well as her work in the position and her signature project, “Living Nations, Living Words.” Presented in partnership with the Miami Book Fair and O, Miami.

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Zuill Bailey, Cello & Bryan Wallick, Piano

Friday, November 19, 8-9 p.m. ET 

Grammy Award-winning Zuill Bailey and pianist Bryan Wallick come to the Library for a virtual cello recital. The program includes music of Mendelssohn, Debussy, Lukas Foss and Rachmaninoff.  Known for his passion for music education, Bailey will conduct a master class with a local youth orchestra as part of his engagement at the Library.

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Pillars of Democracy: Political Parties

Thursday, November 18, 4-5 p.m. ET 

Join the John W. Kluge Center, the Brookings Institution, and the American Enterprise Institute for a discussion of the party system, how it shapes our political futures, and how it might be improved.

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Webinars from the Library of Congress

  • Orientation to Law Library Collections WebinarTuesday, November 16, 1-2 p.m. ETJoin senior legal reference librarian Margaret Wood for the Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar. This webinar is designed for patrons who are familiar with legal research, and would instead prefer an introduction to the collections and services specific to the Law Library of Congress. Register for this event.
  • Discovering Science Collections Virtually at the Library of CongressTuesday, November 16, 2-3 p.m. ETJoin us for a webinar that will cover how the Library developed its Science and Technology Collections and recommended research strategies to discover science at the Library of Congress. Register for this event. 
  • After the Arab Uprisings: Progress and Stagnation in the Middle East and North AfricaWednesday, November 17, 1-2 p.m. ETVal Moghadam and Shamiran Mako highlight the salience of domestic and external factors and forces, uniquely presenting women’s legal status, social positions, and organizational capacity, along with the presence or absence of external intervention, as key elements in explaining the divergent outcomes of the Arab Spring uprisings. Watch live on YouTube. 
  • Prints & Photographs Virtual Orientation: Native American History and Visual CultureWednesday, November 17, 3-4 p.m. ETJoin us for an orientation session that will include a brief introduction to images in the collections that relate to the history and culture of Indigenous Americans. Instruction will cover library search tools, online resources, and how to prepare for a future visit to the reading room. Register for this event. 
  • Review of Recently Published Law Library of Congress ReportsThursday, November 18, 2-3 p.m. ETIn this entry in the series, Umeda and Guerra will provide a brief review of recently published Law Library research reports that they prepared in collaboration with other legal specialists in 2021. Register for this event. 

Exhibitions at the Library of Congress

Several exhibitions are open for visitors to visit at the Library of Congress.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to enter the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and experience the exhibition, each visitor must apply for and receive one of a limited number of free timed entry passes. For information on reserving tickets, visit loc.gov/visit, where visitors can review “Know Before You Go” guidelines and reserve their free passes.


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