2017 August Brown Bag Series: Lynda Cooper

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Date(s) - 08/30/2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ketchum Hall, Veterans of Foreign Wars Building


Event Description

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will present its annual summer lecture series on Wednesdays in August. This year’s series focuses on the Library of Congress, with speakers discussing elements of its history, art, architecture, and collections.

The series is free and open to the public. Lectures will be held on August Wednesdays from noon to 1 pm in Ketchum Hall in the VFW Building at 200 Maryland Ave. NE; Washington, DC 20002. PRE-REGISTRATION is requested.

AUGUST 30: Lynda Cooper, U.S. Capitol Historical Society
“The Mosaic of Minerva by Elihu Vedder in the Library of Congress”

Lynda Cooper is a scholar specializing in American art, particularly the Beaux-Arts Movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She holds a doctorate in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University and two master’s degrees in art history and museum studies from Syracuse University. Cooper works as a research intern in the history department at the United States Capitol Historical Society, where she writes biographies of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American sculptors for a book on the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. She is also a docent at the Library of Congress, where she gives slide presentations and gallery talks on the architecture, murals, sculptures, and mosaics of the Thomas Jefferson Building (1889-1897) to the current volunteers and docents-in-training. Cooper has recently been selected as a recipient of the Capitol Fellowship through the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and the Architect of the Capitol for 2018.