Webcasts from the Library of Congress cover topics across the school curriculum

For the past six years, the U.S. Library of Congress has recorded several hundred talks, discussions, and conferences that have occurred under its leadership. At this web page, students, teachers, and other site visitors have access to all 300-plus recordings in their entirety. The recordings take the form of webcasts that can be played using the RealPlayer plug-in. Users can search for webcasts by keyword or topic area, such as history, literature, science, or education. At press time, the site’s featured webcast was a 14-minute talk about the evolution of “Rosie the Riveter” and the lives of real women workers during World War II. The speaker is Sheridan Harvey, women’s studies specialist in the Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences Division, and her fascinating lecture is accompanied by dozens of images and photographs from the 1940s. Teachers of all subjects are likely to find something of interest in their own classes at this site.

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