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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 9/22/2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, noon – 1 p.m.
The Persian Book Lecture Series
Lecture: A Glimpse into the Life of Laura Clifford Dreyfus-Barney and Her Connections with Iran and Iranians

The Near East Section, African and Middle East Division of the Library of Congress invite you to a lecture, “A Glimpse into the Life of Laura Clifford Dreyfus-Barney and Her Connections with Iran and Iranians,” by Mona Khademi, Independent Researcher. This is part of the Persian Book Lecture Series. Free and Open to the Public.
Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, 2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20540. Metro stop: Capitol South.
Contact: Hirad Dinavari, (202) 707-4518, [email protected]
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected]

 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 3 – 4 p.m.
Book Talk: “András Visky’s Barrack Dramaturgy”

The European Division, Library of Congress, presents András Visky’s Barrack Dramaturgy. The works of András Visky, an ethnic Hungarian playwright in Cluj, Romania, have been staged in various countries in Europe and in the United States and elsewhere. His plays, inspired by personal experience of the oppressive communist regime in Romania, explore the themes of gender, justice, and trauma. He will discuss his work and his concept of theater, as described in a recent book, “András Visky’s Barrack Dramaturgy,” published by Intellect Books. Possessing a Doctor of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Theatre and Film, Budapest, he has lectured at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, in the Department of Theatre and Television, since 1994. Free and open to the public.
Location: Mary Pickford Theater, LM-302, 3rd Floor, Madison Building. 101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20540. Metro stop: Capitol South.
Contact: Erika Spencer, mailto:[email protected], 202-707-4371
Request ASL and ADA accommodation five days in advance at 202-707-6362 or at [email protected]

 

Thursday, September 28, 2017, noon – 1 p.m.
Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Antjie Krog

The Poetry and Literature Center and the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress present Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Antjie Krog. The program is presented in partnership with the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, and the Center for African Studies, Howard University. South African writer Antjie Krog will read selections of her work and participate in a moderated discussion with Laverne Page, Area Specialist, in the African and Middle Eastern Division. Free and open to the public.
Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, 2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20540. Metro stop: Capitol South.
Contact: (202) 707-5394, [email protected]
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected]

 

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Presentation & Short Video: “Marco Polo and the Global Silk Roads,” followed by a Collections Display

The Library of Congress’ African and Middle Eastern Division, Asian Division, and European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington DC, present a talk and video presentation, “Marco Polo and the Global Silk Roads,” by artist and book author Lilya Pavlovic-Dear. A collections display will follow at 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. to showcase unique books and maps from the African and Middle Eastern Division, the Asian Division, the European Division, the Geography and Map Division, and the Rare Book & Special Collections Division.
This event is free and open to the public.
Location: Dining Room A, LM-620, 6th floor, James Madison Building, located at 101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20540. Metro stop: Capitol South.
Contact: Lucia Wolf, [email protected], (202) 707-2256
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected]

 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 11 a.m.
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 a.m. – 12 p.m. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification Card prior to the session. For more information about reader’s cards, see here.
Location: Hispanic Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ-240. Attendees should use the First Street Carriage Entrance of the Jefferson Building. Contact: [email protected]
Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]

 

Thursday, October 19, 2017, noon – 1 p.m.
Persian Book Lecture Series
Lecture: The Genesis of Print in Afghanistan During the Reign of Amir Sher Ali Khan (1871-77)

The Near East Section, African and Middle East Division of the Library of Congress invite you to a lecture, “The Genesis of Print in Afghanistan During the Reign of Amir Sher Ali Khan (1871-77),” by Elham Bakhtary, Doctoral Candidate, George Washington University and Mellon Fellow. This program is part of the Persian Book Lecture Series. Free and Open to the Public. Please allow time to clear security.
Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, 2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20540. Metro stop: Capitol South.
Contact: Hirad Dinavari, (202) 707-4518, [email protected]
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected]

 

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH 2017 (September 15 – October 15)

2017 Américas Award Ceremony.

Friday, September 22, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
The 2017 Américas Award Ceremony

Susan Hood and Sally Wern Comport, author and illustrator of “Ada’s Violin” (Simon & Schuster, 2016), and Alexandra Diaz, author of “The Only Road” (Simon & Schuster, 2016), will receive the 2017 Américas Award. The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) that authentically portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. Cosponsored by the Hispanic Division and the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress and presented in collaboration with the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, ground floor.
Free and open to the public. No tickets required.
Contact: [email protected]

 

“Latin Pop: A Cultural Fusion” A Concert with Chris Urquiaga.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7 p.m.
“Latin Pop: A Cultural Fusion” A Concert with Chris Urquiaga

Singer-songwriter Chris Urquiaga will deliver a concert titled: “Latin Pop: A Cultural Fusion.” The performance will feature iconic Latin pop songs in Spanish & Portuguese, and of various genres, including bossa nova and salsa. Cosponsored by the Hispanic Division and the Hispanic Cultural Society of the Library of Congress.
Location: Mumford Room, James Madison Memorial Building, 6th floor.
Free tickets available
Contact: [email protected]

 

Lecture: Francisco De Miranda and the United States.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 3 p.m.
Lecture: Francisco De Miranda and the United States

Art historian Claudia Isabel Navas will deliver the lecture “Francisco de Miranda and the United States.” The talk will focus on the Hispanic revolutionary and his involvement in the United States Battle of Pensacola of 1782. Cosponsored by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, and presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Colombia.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, ground floor.
Free tickets available
Contact: [email protected]c.gov

Book Talk: Mexico’s Nobodies: The Cultural Legacy of the Soldadera and Afro-Mexican Women.

Thursday, October 12, 2017, noon
Book Talk: Mexico’s Nobodies: The Cultural Legacy of the Soldadera and Afro-Mexican Women

Professor Chrissy Arce (University of Miami) will present her new book, “Mexico’s Nobodies: The Cultural Legacy of the Soldadera and Afro-Mexican Women” (State University of New York Press, 2017) The book examines key figures of Mexican history that have remained anonymous despite their proliferation in the arts: soldaderas and Afro-Mexicans. Cosponsored by the Hispanic Division and the Hispanic Cultural Society of the Library of Congress.
Location: Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Memorial Building, 3rd floor.
Free tickets available
Contact: [email protected]

 

Film Screening: Selena (1997).

Friday, October 13, 2017, 7 p.m.
Film Screening: Selena (1997)

Biographical musical-drama about the life and career of the late Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, a recording artist well known in the Mexican American and Hispanic communities in the United States and Mexico before she was murdered by Yolanda Saldívar, the president of her fan club, at the age of 23. Cosponsored by the Hispanic Division and the Hispanic Cultural Society of the Library of Congress.
Location: Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Memorial Building, 3rd floor.
Free tickets available
Contact: [email protected]

New Videos Monthly, 9/20/2017

Following are the online recordings (webcasts) of recent public programs pertaining to the Library’s international collections. To discover more videos, visit the four area studies divisions here: African and Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and Hispanic. African and Middle Eastern Division TITLE: Persian Manuscripts in India: Collections, Collectors & Their Future (view on YouTube) SPEAKER: Chander […]

500th Anniversary of Belarusian Book Printing

(The following is a post by Regina Frackowiak, Reference Specialist, European Division.) The Renaissance of the late 15th and early 16th centuries in Western Europe produced one of the greatest inventions in communication - movable-type printing, which marked the beginning of the era of “mass culture,” because it made possible the rapid dissemination of new ideas […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 9/8/2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, noon – 1 p.m. The Persian Book Lecture Series Lecture: A Glimpse into the Life of Laura Clifford Dreyfus-Barney and Her Connections with Iran and Iranians The Near East Section, African and Middle East Division of the Library of Congress invite you to a lecture, “A Glimpse into the Life of Laura […]

From Amsterdam to Algeria: A Chapter in Hebrew Book History

(The following post is by Ann Brener, Hebraic area specialist in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division.) Philadelphia, look out! You may be the official “City of Brotherly Love,” but Ouargla, a town deep in the Algerian desert, is about to give you a run for the money. And all because of a book: […]

The First Asian Books in the Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Hong Ta-Moore, Reference Librarian, Asian Division.) In 1865, America experienced major social and political changes: President Lincoln was assassinated; the American Civil War ended; and the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery in the United States became law. Unrelated to all these changes, Congress authorized, that same year, additional funding […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 8/25/2017

Friday, September 1, 2017, noon – 2 p.m. The 21st Annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture “Echoes of Anatolia: An Armenian-American Novelist Discovers His Literary DNA at Mid-Life” The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, the Library of Congress invites you to the 21st Annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture, featuring Chris Bohjalian, […]

The Tall Tales of Baron Munchausen

(The following is a post by Taru Spiegel, Reference Specialist, European Division.) The tall tales of Baron Munchausen have been popular for more than 200 years, growing taller and more popular over time. Munchausen, the timeless adventurer, crisscrosses the world, visits the moon, and falls through the core of the earth to emerge on the […]