Bibliodiscotheque Symposium Livestream


Explore the history of disco music, dance and culture in this afternoon symposium that features appearances by Gloria Gaynor, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, distinguished music scholars Martin Scherzinger and Alice Echols, photographer Bill Bernstein, and Yolanda Baker, the only disco ball maker in the United States. Presented in association with Brightest Young Things, The Recording Academy, the District of Columbia Library Association, and Capital Pride.

1:00pm – Introduction by Dr. Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress

1:05 pm | Interview – The Craft of Making Disco Balls
Yolanda Baker, Disco Ball Maker, Omega National Products
Toni Lehring, Omega National Products
Rhona Wolfe Friedman, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities [Moderator]

1:30 pm | Lecture – Two Perspectives on Beyoncé’s African Dance References
Martin Scherzinger, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

2:00 pm | Lecture – Disco: The Bill Bernstein Photographs
Bill Bernstein, Photographer

2:30 pm | Lecture – Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture
Alice Echols, Barbra Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies and Professor of History and Gender Studies, University of Southern California

3:00 pm | Panel Discussion, Q&A
Bill Bernstein, Alice Echols, Martin Scherzinger

4:00 pm | Interview - Gloria Gaynor on “I Will Survive”
Gloria Gaynor, Vocalist
Robin Roberts, ABC/Good Morning America (Interviewer)
  • The Library of Congress
    101 Independence Ave SE, Washington
  • Saturday May 6
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