Dr. Carla Hayden and Sarah Lewis: Bringing History into the Future

Iris Nights Lecture Series

Lecture Date: Sep 8, 2018

The 14th Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden and bestselling author, curator, and Harvard University Assistant Professor Sarah Lewis engaged in a far-reaching conversation about the vital importance of the Library of Congress as an ultimate resource of cultural history, collective memory, and visual culture, as well as a vast photographic archive for the American people and the world. The evening delved into Dr. Hayden’s unique position as the first female and first African American to lead our national library, and provided a glimpse into her vision for moving the historic institution into the future by creating greater accessibility through both a physical visitor center and advanced digital access. Click here to watch the full conversation.


Carla Hayden
Carla Hayden

Dr. Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2016, and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on…

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Sarah Lewis
Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis is an Assistant Professor at Harvard, in the Departments of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies. She has spoken on the TED main stage and at SXSW, appeared on Oprah’s “Power List,” served on President Obama’s Arts Policy Committee, and has been featured in Vogue. She…

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