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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 8/26/2016

Incipit page from the History of the Life of St. John the Evangelist copied in 1765 AD (bequest of the estate of Rouben Mamoulian).

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Information for Researchers: Using the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Reading Room

The staff of the African and Middle Eastern Division is offering a research orientation, “Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts, Inscribed Fabrics, and Silver (1321 AD – 1915 AD) at the Library of Congress.”
After discussing the research collections of and how to perform research in the African and Middle Eastern Division’s three sections—The African, the Hebraic, and the Near East– Levon Avdoyan, the division’s Armenian and Georgian Area Specialist, will present an illustrated discussion of highlights of Armenian rarities in the Near East Section. Included will be this richly decorated manuscript of the Life of St. John the Evangelist (copied 1765 AD) once owned by the renowned Armenian American stage and film director, Rouben Mamoulian.
The maximum class size is 45 participants. To register or for additional information, use the Saturday orientation online registration form.
Location: Room G-07 of the Jefferson Building. Metro stop: Capitol South.
Request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.
Click here for more information about the Saturday classes for researchers.

 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, noon – 1 p.m.
“The Persian Book Lecture Series”
2016 Focus: Literature and Performing Arts
Book Talk: “Gender and Dance in Modern Iran: Biopolitics on Stage” by Dr. Ida Meftahi

This program is jointly organized by the Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress and the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland. Dr. Ida Meftahi is Visiting Assistant Professor in Contemporary Iranian Culture and Society at the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies.
Location: African and Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220, second floor, Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC. Metro stop: Capitol South
Event free and open to all. Please allow time to clear security.
Contact: Hirad Dinavari, hdin@loc.gov, (202) 707-4518
Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov
Click here for more information.

 

benedettiThursday, September 1, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
“A Conversation about the Novel ‘Un paese di carta’” between Laura Benedetti and Emily Langer

The European Division and the Italian Language table, in partnership with the Embassy of Italy and the the Italian Cultural Institute, present “A Conversation about the Novel ‘Un paese di carta’” between Laura Benedetti and Emily Langer. The conversation will be held in English.
Laura Benedetti teaches Italian literature in the Department of Italian at Georgetown University. “Un paese di carta” is Dr. Benedetti’s first novel, published in Italy in 2015. Three generations of Italian American women explore their identities as they follow their ambitions and lives between the U.S. and Italy.
Emily Langer writes for the Washington Post. She graduated from the Department of Italian at Georgetown University and was a Fulbright fellow in Trieste from 2010 to 2011.
Location: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov
Click here for information.

 

Debra Band FlyerWednesday, September 7, 2016, noon – 1 p.m.
Book Talk: The Art of the Sabbath: An Illustrated Talk by Artist and Author Debra Band on her book “Kabbalat Shabbat: the Grand Unification.”

This program is presented by the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division. The talk will be followed by a display of Rare Books from the collections of the Library of Congress.
Location: African and Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220, second floor, Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC. Metro stop: Capitol South
Event free and open to all. Please allow time to clear security.
Contact: Ann Brener, abrener@loc.gov, (202) 707-4186
Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov

 

New York GroupWednesday, September 7, 2016, noon – 1 p.m.
Lecture: “‘Claim to oblivion!’ The New York Group”
by Ukrainian-American Author Yuriy Tarnawsky

The New York Group consisted of Ukrainian émigré writers who formed in the late 1950s and continued until informally ceasing in the 1990s, though several members continue to be active individually to this day. Their creativity revitalized Ukrainian émigré literature but also influenced literary movements in Ukraine. Acclaimed poet, novelist, playwright and essayist Yuriy Tarnawsky, a founding member of the New York Group, will discuss its history and read from his works. This event is sponsored by the European Division.
Location: European Division Conference Room, LJ-249, Thomas Jefferson Building, 2nd floor, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington D.C. 20540. Metro stop: Capitol South
Free and Open to the Public.
Contact: Erika Spencer (202) 707-4371, espencer@loc.gov
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email ada@loc.gov

 

zapataWednesday, September 7, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
LAUNCH OF THE SPANISH VERSION OF THE “MEXICAN REVOLUTION AND THE UNITED STATES IN THE COLLECTIONS OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS”/ “LA REVOLUCIÓN MEXICANA Y LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS EN LAS COLECCIONES DE LA BIBLIOTECA DEL CONGRESO” ONLINE EXHIBIT

The Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress will celebrate the launch of the Spanish version of this online exhibit, which tells the dynamic story of the complex and turbulent relationship between Mexico and the United States during the Mexican Revolution, approximately 1910-1920. The site features extraordinary items from the Library including letters from U.S. President William Howard Taft (1903-1913), photographs, books, manuscripts, maps, and more.
Location: Hispanic Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, 2nd floor (LJ-240)
Event is free and open to the public.
Reception will follow.
Contact: cgom@loc.gov
Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at 202.707.6362 or ADA@loc.gov
Click here for information.

 

Caroline HellerThursday, September 8, 2016, 11:30 a.m.
Book Talk: READING CLAUDIUS: A Memoir in Two Parts
by author Caroline Heller

The European Division and the Hebrew Language Table of the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic present “READING CLAUDIUS: A Memoir in Two Parts,” a book talk by author Caroline Heller. A stunning elegy to a vanished time, Caroline Heller’s memoir traces the lives of her parents, her uncle, and their circle of intellectuals and dreamers from Central Europe on the eve of World War II to present-day America. The story, set primarily in prewar Prague, brings to life the lost world of European café culture, and reminds us of the sustaining power of literature in the most challenging of times. Professor Heller is the director of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Educational Studies at Lesley University, where she also teaches in the graduate school of education.
Location: Dining Room A, 6th floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress. Metro stop: Capitol South
Event is free and open to the public.
For information: Gail Shirazi gshi@loc.gov, Galina Teverovsky gtev@loc.gov
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 TTY or ADA@loc.gov

 

Cret-RR-SketchTuesday, September 13, 2016, 11 a.m. – noon
Hispanic Reading Room Research Orientation

Sign up for our research orientation and learn about the Hispanic Reading Room services and collections. Orientations are offered to the public the second Tuesday of every month from 11:00am-12:00pm. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification Card prior to the session. Click here for more information about reader’s cards.
Location: Hispanic Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ-240. Attendees should use the First Street Carriage Entrance of the Jefferson Building. Contact: cola@loc.gov

 

(NEW DATE!) Tuesday, September 13, 2016, noon – 1 p.m.
“The Persian Book Lecture Series” 2016 Focus: Literature and Performing Arts
Mehdi Saeedi’s Persian Calligraphy Series Titled: EVOLUTION

Jointly organized by the Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress and the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland, this program is made possible with the generous support of the Aftab Committee.
Location: African and Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220, second floor, Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC. Metro stop: Capitol South
Event free and open to all. Please allow time to clear security.
Contact: Hirad Dinavari, hdin@loc.gov, (202) 707-4518
Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov
Click here for more information.

 

Thursday, September 15, 2016, noon – 1 p.m.
Lecture: Dubious Gastronomy: A Brief Story of Korean Food in America
by Dr. Robert Ji-Song Ku, Associate professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University of the State University of New York

Hosted by the Asian Division, this lecture will examine the story of Korean food in the United States, beginning with its essential place on the dinner table of the earliest Koreans immigrants to the current gastronomic scene in which Korean food and Korean American chefs are the toast of the culinary world. In telling this story, two foods in particular will take center stage: kimchi, the fermented vegetable dish that is considered the national food of Korea, and SPAM, the canned meat product that has been beloved by Koreans for nearly half a century. These two foods are examples of what the speaker refers to as “dubious” Asian foods in his published book, “Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA.”
Location: Asian Division Foyer (LJ-150), Thomas Jefferson Building. Metro stop: Capitol South.
Event is free and open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.
Contact: slee@loc.gov
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email ADA@loc.gov

 

Sabin Hill FlyerThursday, September 15, 2016, noon – 1 p.m.
Lecture: Hebrew Printing in Arab and Islamic Lands
Brad Sabin Hill, Curator of the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection, Gelman Library, George Washington University

This program is presented by the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division. A display of rare books from the Library’s collections will follow.
Location: African and Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220, second floor, Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC. Metro stop: Capitol South
Event free and open to all. Please allow time to clear security.
Contact: Ann Brener, abrener@loc.gov, (202) 707-4186
Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov
Click here for more information.

 

maestrosoler-eventFriday, September 16, 2016, noon – 1 p.m.
SPANISH GUITAR RECITAL: MAESTRO SOLER: A HOMAGE TO MIGUEL DE CERVANTES SAAVEDRA

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Maestro Soler will present a guitar recital in honor of the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes Saaverdra. Soler has been honored several prizes such as the Medal of St. Vladimir from the Russian Orthodox Church; Plaque of the Catalan Catholic Church Council, among others.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, ground floor. Metro stop: Capitol South.
Event is free and open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.
Contact: cgom@loc.gov
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email ADA@loc.gov
Click here for information.

 

Ben-HaimMonday, September 19, 2016, noon – 1 p.m.
Lecture: “The Thirteenth Hour: the poetry of Rivka Basman Ben-Haim, translated from the Yiddish by Zelda Kahan Newman,” a reading and discussion with the translator

Rivka Basman Ben-Haim, Israeli award winning Yiddish poet, is one of the last representatives of the golden age of Yiddish poetry. As a young teenager, she witnessed the Nazi destruction of her Jewish world. She began composing Yiddish poems in the Vilna ghetto, and at 90 years, she is still writing poetry. Translator Zelda Kahan Newman, former head of Judaic Studies at Lehman College/CUNY, is a linguist whose specialty is Yiddish, language and culture. For more than two decades, she has translated the Yiddish poetry of Rivka Basman Ben-Haim. This program is jointly organized by the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Easter Division and the Hebrew Language Table of the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel.
Location: Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Washington, D.C. 20540. Metro stop: Capitol South
For additional information contact: Gail or GalinaFree and open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email Ada@loc.gov
Click here for more information.

 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, noon – 1 p.m.
Lecture: “I JUANA LIVE IN AMERICA: AN IMMIGRANT’S [CREATIVE] JOURNEY”

Award-winning illustrator Juana Medina will discuss her work and her artistic journey as a Colombian artist living in the United States. Medina is an illustrator and author for children’s books, as well as a teacher at George Washington University. This event is cosponsored by the Hispanic Division and the Hispanic Cultural Society of the Library of Congress.
Location: Dining Room A, James Madison Building, 6th floor. Metro stop: Capitol South
Event is free and open to the public.
Contact: cgom@loc.gov
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email ADA@loc.gov
Click here for information.

 

Zvartnots 1Wednesday, September 21, 2016, noon – 2:30 p.m.
The 20th Annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture
In Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Republic of Armenia
“A World Monument: Zvart‘nots‘, Armenia, and the Wars of the Seventh Century”
Christina Maranci, Arthur H. Dadian and Ara T. Oztemel Associate Professor of Armenian Art, Tufts University

The Vardanants Day lecture series is sponsored by the Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division. It is named after the Armenian holiday that commemorates the battle of Avarayr (451 A.D.), which was waged by the Armenian General Vardan Mamikonian and his compatriots against invading Persian troops who were attempting to reimpose Zoroastrianism on the Christian state. As a religious holiday, it celebrates the Armenians’ triumph over forces of assimilation. Maranci’s lecture will focus on the iconic church of Zvart‘nots‘. Though it lies in ruins, the church has long been of interest to those who study the Armenian and Byzantine architecture of the era.
Free and open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.
Location: The Northeast Pavilion. Enter through the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, Room 220, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, SE, Washington, DC 20540. Metro stop: Capitol South
Contact: Levon Avdoyan (202) 707 – 5680
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362
(Voice/TTY) or email Ada@loc.gov
Click here for information.

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(The following is a post by Hong Ta-Moore, Reference Librarian, Southeast Asia Collection, Asian Division) Those knowledgeable of Singaporean affairs are aware that August is a significant month for the history of this island nation-state. On August 31, 1963 and August 9, 1965, Singapore achieved independence from Britain and the Federation of Malaysia respectively. We […]

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(The following post is by Hirad Dinavari, reference specialist for the Iranian World Collections, African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress.) In conjunction with the 2014 exhibition: “A Thousand Years of the Persian Book” at the Library of Congress, we in AMED teamed up with Roshan Persian Studies Institute at University of […]

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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 8/5/2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – noon HISPANIC READING ROOM RESEARCH ORIENTATION Sign up for our research orientation and learn about the Hispanic Reading Room services and collections. Orientations are offered to the public the second Tuesday of every month from 11:00 a.m. – noon. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress Reader […]