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Final Magna Carta Gallery Talk – Pic of the Week

Christopher Woods on Magna Carta / photograph by Donna Sokol

Christopher Woods on Magna Carta / photograph by Donna Sokol

For me the Library of Congress exhibition, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, actually began on November 5th, a day before the exhibit was open to the public.  Those of us who were fortunate enough to be docents for the exhibit had the privilege of meeting with Christopher Woods, director of the British National Conservation Service, and also the man responsible for transporting and working with the Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta.  A witty and informative speaker, he was able to provide us with information about the document and its condition which helped to enhance our presentations to visitors at the exhibition.  I was thrilled when I learned he had agreed to give the final gallery talk on the closing day of the exhibit, January 19th.  The talk was fascinating as Mr. Woods focused on issues of document preservation and techniques used to mend parchment documents.  For me it was a great way to end the exhibit as well as to give my family and friends a chance to enjoy Mr. Woods’ erudition and wit.

Christopher Woods Taking Questions / photograph by Donna  Sokol

Christopher Woods Taking Questions / photograph by Donna Sokol

Euthanasia under Israeli Law

For some time now, I have been interested in the subject of medical ethics. With the development of science and technology, it is now possible to create life where it was once impossible. We are certainly capable of extending life.  And to me, most importantly, is our ability to improve quality of life. These amazing achievements often raise complex, ethical dilemmas that reflect and […]

FALQs: Cuban Legal System

The following is a guest post by Gustavo Guerra, a foreign law specialist covering a number of Spanish-speaking jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress.  It is the second post in our “Frequently Asked Legal Questions” series, following on from our post yesterday on French terrorism laws.  As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions […]

A Congress.gov Interview with Kelly Yuzawa, Specialist in Legislative Information Systems Management

Kelly Yuzawa is a specialist in legislative information systems management within the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress.  Kelly works with Amy, who was interviewed last week, in CRS.  This continues our Congress.gov interview series that also included Meg, Rich, Barry, Rohit, Andy, Val, and Stephen. Describe your background. I grew up in California and Oregon. I was a Japanese/Asian Studies […]

Legislative Data Challenges, One Year Later

The following is a guest post by Jim Mangiafico. Jim is the winner of our Legislative Data Challenges and has been working with our partner, the National Archives of the United Kingdom, for the second challenge to further the work he began during our challenges. He has graciously agreed to provide an update on his […]

Our Reading Room Redo Continues

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) has been very busy gutting our old Reading Room.  In the last update, the furniture and shelves had been removed.  Now the carpet and ceiling tiles are gone.  It is starting to be easier to imagine what the new space might look like. They have started to install new ports […]