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    The Greater Journey

    David McCullough talked about his book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. He responded to questions from members of the audience. This was an event in the History and Biography…

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    National Book Festival

    The first National Book Festival was experienced through a combination of author presentations, call-ins, and interviews from three locations: the Jefferson Building, the Madison Building…

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    Q&A with James Billington

    James Billington talked about his experiences during his 20 years as the head of the Library of Congress. Other topics included the library’s future, the explosion of digital material, and the role of…

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    Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Ceremony

    British dignitaries, including Princess Anne and the British ambassador to the United States, commemorated the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta at the ceremony for the Library of Congress exhibit, “Magna…

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    U.S. Poet Laureate Inaugural Reading

    Charles Wright, the 20th Poet Laureate of the United States, read selections from his work. This event was held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Tennessee native Charles…

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    The Passage of Power

    Robert Caro talked about his book, The Passage of Power. The fourth book of his series, “The Years of Lyndon Johnson,” it covers the years from 1958 to 1964, during which Senate Majority…

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    Dangerous Ambition, Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson

    Susan Hertog talked about her book chronicling the lives of two early feminists working in journalism, Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and…

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    Shooting from the Lip: Book Party

    A book party was held at the Jefferson Hotel for the publication of Shooting from the Lip: The Life of Senator Al Simpson, written by Donald Hardy. Senator Simpson was shown mingling with the guests.…

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    Biographies of President Eisenhower

    Three biographers of President Dwight D. Eisenhower talked about their books. President Eisenhower’s grandson, David Eisenhower, with his wife Julie Nixon Eisenhower, are the authors of…

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    The Morrill Act of 1862 and Land-Grant Universities

    A look at The Morrill Act and its effect on the system of higher education. Panelists include five Presidents from different colleges and universities across the country. They speak on the…

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    John Adams

    Mr. McCullough, author of the book John Adams published by Simon and Schuster, delivered a speech entitled “The Enduring Examples of John and Abigail Adams” at the 201st anniversary of the…

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    The Library of Congress

    C-SPAN’s original feature documentary, The Library of Congress, is a behind-the-scenes look at the national repository, providing the history of the institution, a tour of its iconic Jefferson…

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    Master of the Senate

    Robert Caro talked about his book, Master of the Senate, published by Knopf. In this third volume of his multi-volume biography, The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Mr. Caro covered events and…

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    Presidential Libraries Symposium

    Representatives of public and private presidential libraries and museums gathered for a congressional symposium on their mission and future. Among the topics discussed were funding, current…

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    Legislative Branch 2012 Budget Request

    Witnesses testified about fiscal year 2012 federal spending requests for the legislative branch. They talked about financial pressures being faced by the government and how they justified…

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    Spoken from the Heart

    Former first lady Laura Bush talked about her memoir, Spoken from the Heart (Scribner, 2010). She responded to questions from members of the audience. This was a program in the History and…

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for comments to the question, “Is America exceptional?” James Billington talked by telephone about the recent revelation that Thomas Jefferson referred to the American population as…

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    The Arts and Cultural Heritage Preservation

    The Creative Coalition hosted a salute to cultural preservation and presented the Creative Coalition Spotlight Award to James H. Billington, the 13th librarian of Congress, in recognition of his efforts to…

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    Democracy Service Medal Presentation to the Dalai Lama

    The National Endowment for Democracy presented the Dalai Lama with the Democracy Service Medal in recognition of the Tibetan spiritual leader’s commitment to advancing the principles of democracy and human…

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    2009 National Book Festival Opening Gala

    Award winning and bestselling authors opened the 2009 National Book Festival talking about the power and function of books and reading in a democratic and culturally diverse society. The…

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