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      August Brown Bag Series: Congress and the Arts in Washington


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      August 28, 2019

      Wednesday  12:00 PM

      200 Maryland Ave
      Washington, District of Columbia

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      August Brown Bag Series: Congress and the Arts

      The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will host its annual lunchtime lecture series on Wednesdays in August on Capitol Hill. This year’s iteration of the series will focus on Congress and the arts and how Congress acts as a patron of the arts.  All events take place from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM on Wednesdays on or near Capitol Hill. They are free and open to the public, though pre-registration is requested. August 7: Michele Cohen  Cohen will focus her presentation on the two sculptures that were removed from the Capitol’s East front cheek blocks and are currently in storage. She will discuss what options are available to policy makers in preserving pieces of public art. Location: Ketchum Hall; 200 Maryland Ave. NE; Washington, DC 20002. August 14: Libby Smigel Fall River Legend is a truly American ballet. Choreographed by Agnes de Mille (daughter of Cecil B. DeMille who also choreographed Rodeo) Fall River Legend’s story is based upon the infamous Lizzie Borden murder case. Smigel will draw upon the Library of Congress’ collections from American Ballet Theatre, Oliver Smith (architect and co-founder of the American Ballet Theater), Peggy Clark (lighting designer), and Morton Gould (who composed the music for Fall River Legend.) Location: Ketchum Hall; 200 Maryland Ave. NE; Washington, DC 20002. August 21: Donna Binkewicz Binkiewicz will discuss the role of Congress in establishing arts policy and the Cold War context of the NEA/NEH. In addition, she will discuss the origins of federal funding for the arts during the 1960s and how the Cold War Era influenced this process. Finally, she will discuss how federal funding expanded access to the arts in the states.  Location: Cannon Office Building Room 121 August 28: Mike Evans In his talk, Evans will discuss how has Shakespeare's thinking affected U.S. politics historically as well as how an understanding of Shakespeare could improve American politics in the future. In addition, he will explain why the Folger Shakespeare Library is located virtually across the street from the U.S. Capitol. Location: Ketchum Hall; 200 Maryland Ave. NE; Washington, DC 20002. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

      Categories: Politics & Activism

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