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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 6/23/2017

Tuesday, July 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]


Tuesday, July 11, 2017, noon – 1 p.m.
The Persian Book Lecture Series
Lecture: Persian Manuscripts in India: Collections, Collectors, and Their Future
by Chander Shekhar, Persian Specialist, University of Delhi, India

The African and Middle East Division and the Asian Division at the Library of Congress and Roshan Institute For Persian Studies at the University of Maryland present “Persian Manuscripts in India: Collections, Collectors, and Their Future,” by Dr. Chander Shekhar, the Persian Specialist, University of Delhi, India. Free and open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.
Location: 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]

The Water Spirit Melusina

(The following is a post by Taru Spiegel, Reference Specialist, European Division.) The 14th-century “Livre de Lusignan” (Book of Lusignan) by Couldrette reads like a soap opera, featuring interrelated characters who have the most unusual adventures. The work also advanced the claim by the important noble family of Lusignan from Poitou, western France, that they were […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 6/16/2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017, noon - 1 p.m. Book Talk: The Unlinking of Language and Identity Dr. Brenda Domínguez-Rosado, from the University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón campus, will discuss her book, “The Unlinking of Language and Puerto Rican Identity: New Trends in Sight.” Language and identity have an undeniable link, but what happens when there are […]

An Arab Nationalist Survival against All Odds: Muhammad ‘Ali Eltaher

(The following is a post by Nawal Kawar, Arab World Specialist, Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division.) The aim of this post is to introduce the reader to a recently acquired multi-format collection comprised of over 2,000 items including books, photos, newspapers, and correspondence, documenting the history of the Arab world from the […]

A Visit to the Bogota Book Fair

(The following is a post by Catalina Gómez, reference librarian in the Hispanic Division.) Earlier in May, I had the good fortune to travel to Bogotá, Colombia to attend one of Latin America’s largest book fairs. The Feria Internacional del Libro de Bogotá (FILBO) (Bogotá’s International Book Festival) is held annually in Colombia’s capital, and […]

New Videos Monthly, 6/9/2017

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: Discovery of the Secret of the Great Pyramid & the Tomb of Tutankhamun (view on YouTube) SPEAKER: Mamdouh Eldamaty EVENT […]

Inquiring Minds: Diaries Shed New Light on Lao’s 20th-Century Upheavals

(The following is a repost by Wendi Maloney of the Office of Communications. The interview originally appeared on the Library of Congress Blog.) Ryan Wolfson-Ford spent two weeks at the Library of Congress in May thanks to the Library’s Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship Program. It supports scholars pursuing research in Asian studies using the collections […]

New Finding Aid: Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Resources

(The following is a repost by Andrew Gaudio, reference librarian and classics, medieval studies and linguistics specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. The post originally appeared on the Library of Congress Blog.) The Library of Congress collects materials on most subjects, excluding agriculture and medicine. In a collection of over 160 million items, […]

In Commemoration of D-Day: Treasures from the Hebraic Section

(The following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic Area Specialist in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division.) They probably didn’t seem like treasures at the time. They were for the most part in fact rather ordinary: books for study, or for reading to children; posters about upcoming protests, hastily printed; newspaper articles and […]