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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 3/31/2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017, noon – 1 p.m. (ET)
Book Talk: Islam: Facts and Fictions
by Dr. Chase Robinson, President and Distinguished Professor of History, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

The Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress presents Dr. Chase Robinson, President and Distinguished Professor of History, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, speaking on “Islam: Facts and Fictions.” Book-signing to follow. Free and Open to the Public.
Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Conference Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building, 2nd floor, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC. Metro stop: Capitol South.
Contact: Dr. Muhannad Salhi (202) 707-3778 or [email protected]
Request ASL or ADA Accommodations Five Days in Advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]

 

Thursday, April 6, 2017, noon
Lecture: Poet 2 Poet: Consuelo Hernández Reads César Vallejo

For this bilingual reading, Colombian poet Consuelo Hernández will read selections from the work of César Vallejo, one of Latin America’s most beloved poets of the 20th century. She will follow the homage by reading from her own work. The program is organized by the Hispanic Reading Room.
Event is free and open to the public.
Location: Dining Room A (LM-620), James Madison Building, 6th floor.
Contact: [email protected]
Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at 202.707.6362 or [email protected]

 

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Saturday Research Orientation: Asian Reading Room

This free course is an introduction to the Asian Reading Room for researchers and the general public. The first part of the orientation gives the history of the Asian Division, as well as overviews of the six collections: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian and Tibetan, South Asian, and Southeast Asian. The second part includes guidelines on using the Library’s online catalog most effectively, requesting materials in a closed-stack library, accessing popular electronic resources available on-site, and finding materials (e.g., maps, photographs) in the Library’s other reading rooms.
To register, click here.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 139-B (next to 1st floor elevators at entrance to the Main Reading Room entrance). Metro stop: Capitol South.
Contact: [email protected]
Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]

 

Monday, April 10, 2017, 4 p.m.
Colonial Florida: Digital History

J Michael Francis (University of South Florida, St. Petersburg) will introduce a new initiative to build an interactive Center for Colonial Digital History, a collaborate project involving the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, the University of Malaga, the Instituto Nauta, Madrid’s Naval Museum, and many other institutions in Spain and the United States. Among the Center’s many projects will be a detailed prosopography of the men and women (of all ethnic backgrounds) who occupied Florida between 1513-1821. The database contains more than 10,000 individuals. It will house more than 6,000 pages of St. Augustine’s parish records, which date back to 1594.
Event is free and open to the public.
Location: Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, 3rd floor.
Contact: [email protected]
Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]

 

Tuesday, April 11, 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]

 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, noon – 1 p.m.
The Persian Book Lecture Series
Lecture: “Kamal al Mulk and the Invention of the Modern Iranian Landscape”

The Near East Section, African and Middle East Division of the Library of Congress invites you to the 2017 Nowruz Lecture, “Kamal al Mulk and the Invention of the Modern Iranian Landscape,” by Dr. Layla Diba, Independent Scholar, Author, Art Advisor, and the former Hagop Kevorkian Curator of Islamic Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Free and open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.
Location: The African Middle East Division Reading Room, LJ-220 Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S. E. Washington, D.C.  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, April 11, 2017, noon
Presentation: A Conversation with Miguel Zenón

Miguel Zenón is a saxophonist, composer and educator, multiple Grammy Award nominee and a Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow who is considered one of the most influential saxophonist of his generation. He will be talking with Larry Appelbaum (Music Division) and Talía Guzmán-González (Hispanic Division) about his music, his work as an educator, and his latest recording Típico.
Event is free and open to the public.
Location: Room LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building, 1st floor.
Contact: [email protected]
Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]

 

Thursday, April 13, 2017, noon – 1 p.m.
Book Talk: The Poetry of Jawdat Haydar in a Transnational Framework
by Dr. Carol N. Fadda

The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress invites you to book talk, “The Poetry of Jawdat Haydar in a Transnational Framework,” by Dr. Carol N. Fadda. Fadda is an Associate Professor of English at Syracuse University. Her research focuses on Arab American literature and cultures, critical race and ethnic studies, transnational and diaspora studies. She is the author of “Contemporary Arab American Literature: Transnational Reconfigurations of Home and Belonging” (NYU Press, 2014). The above two books will be available for purchase.
Free and open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.
Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Conference Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building, 2nd floor, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC. Metro stop: Capitol South.
Contact: Nawal Kawar (202) 707-4708.
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected].

 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, noon – 1 p.m.
The Persian Book Lecture Series
Book Talk: ‘Us&Them’: Breaking Free from Cultural Branding and Identity Politics

The Near East Section, African and Middle East Division of the Library of Congress invites you to a book talk, “‘Us&Them’: Breaking Free from Cultural Branding and Identity Politics,” featuring Bahiyyih Nakhjavani, Speaker, Professor and Novelist. Book signing will follow.
Free and open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.
Location: The African Middle East Division Reading Room, LJ-220 Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S. E. Washington, D.C.  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]

A Celebration of Women in Poetry

(The Following is a post by Catalina Gómez, Reference Librarian, Hispanic Division.) As Women’s History Month comes to a close and National Poetry Month approaches, this moment presents itself as the perfect opportunity to honor the work of women in poetry. For this, we have chosen to highlight three of the most beloved women poets […]

Art & War: Les Croix de bois

(This is the second in a series featuring literary and other artistic “Responses to World War I” in the Library of Congress collections. This post is by Marianna Stell, Reference Assistant in the Rare Book & Special Collections Division.) Before the outbreak of World War I, French novelist Roland Dorgelès (1886-1973) was best known among […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 3/24/2017

Saturday, March 25, 10 – 11:30 a.m. (ET) Saturday Research Orientation: Hispanic Reading Room Taught by reference librarians, this free Saturday orientation will focus on providing researchers an opportunity to learn more about the collections, expertise, services, and programs, offered by the Library’s Hispanic Division. For registration, click here. Location: Room 139B of the Jefferson […]

Her Magazine, Her Voice: Foremothers of Women’s Journals in Africa and the Middle East

(The following is a joint post by Angel Batiste, Ann Brener, Anchi Hoh, and Fawzi Tadros in the African and Middle Eastern Division.) The history of women in Africa and the Middle East has often been told as addenda to incessant wars, political turmoil, and social injustice. If women’s voices could be heard, what story […]

South Asia at the Library of Congress: The Albrecht Weber Collection (1904)

(The following is a post by Jonathan Loar, Reference Librarian for South Asian collection, Asian Division.) Between the end of the 18th and the start of the 19th century, India was becoming a major academic subject throughout Europe. The discovery that many words in the ancient Indian language Sanskrit (e.g., dasha – ten, akshi – […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 3/3/2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 11 a.m. (ET) Hispanic Reading Room Research Orientation Sign up for a 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 […]

Love Songs from the Middle East: A Valentine’s Day Celebrated with Poems from the Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish Collections

Poetry was the theme of a special program, “Love Songs from the Middle East: A Valentine’s Day Extravaganza with Poems from the Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish,” held in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room of the Library of Congress. Through dramatic readings, the division’s very own area specialists journeyed with their audience […]