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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 Shekhar
EVENT DATE: 2017/07/11
RUNNING TIME: 74 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript
DESCRIPTION: Chander Shekhar spoke about the Persian manuscript tradition from India.
Speaker Biography: Chander Shekhar is senior Persian specialist in the department of Persian at the University of Delhi. He is the author of numerous books and articles on India’s rich Persian language manuscript, lithograph and early imprint tradition.
Related Library Resources: Asian Division

TITLE: From Oxus to Euphrates: Sasanian Empire Symposium (view on YouTube)
SPEAKER: Touraj Daryaee, Stephen H. Rapp Jr., Khodadad Rezakhani, Yuhan Sohrab-Dinshaw Vevaina, Scott McDonough, Simcha Gross, Samra Elodie Azarnouche, Judith A. Lerner, Ida Meftahi
EVENT DATE: 2017/06/07
RUNNING TIME: 292 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript
DESCRIPTION: Several experts participated in an all-day symposium on the legacy of the ancient Persian Sasanian empire (224-651 A.D.). The Sasanians ruled a large empire in Central and Western Asia, stretching from the Oxus River to the Euphrates and from the Hindukush to Eastern Arabia, for over 400 years (224-651 B.C.). Known as Iranshahr (the Domain of Iran), it was a powerful empire that engendered much of what came to be known as the Iranian culture in the medieval and modern periods.

TITLE: Us & Them: Breaking Free from Cultural Branding & Identity Politics (view on YouTube)
SPEAKER: Bahiyyih Nakhjavani
EVENT DATE: 2017/04/25
RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript
DESCRIPTION: Bahiyyih Nakhjavani discussed her latest work, “Us & Them,” a satire about the Iranian diaspora all over the world.
Speaker Biography: Bahiyyih Nakhjavani was born in Iran, raised in Uganda, and educated in the U.K. and the United States. She has taught literature and creative writing in many countries, is the author of non-fiction as well as novels, and has adapted Persian poetry into English during her career as a teacher and a writer.

TITLE: Kamal al Mulk & the Invention of the Modern Iranian Landscape (view on YouTube)
SPEAKER: Layla Diba
EVENT DATE: 2017/04/11
RUNNING TIME: 72 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript
DESCRIPTION: Layla Diba spoke about Kamal al Mulk, Iran’s first modern painter in the 19th century Qajar dynasty and the modernizing trends in Iranian contemporary painting tradition.
Speaker Biography: Layla Diba is an independent scholar, art advisor, former chief curator of the Negarestan Museum in Tehran (1975-79) and the Hagop Kevorkian Curator of Islamic Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Hispanic Division

TITLE: Conversation with Miguel Zenon (view on YouTube)
SPEAKER: Miguel Zenon
EVENT DATE: 2017/04/11
RUNNING TIME: 64 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript
DESCRIPTION: Miguel Zenon spoke with Library staffers Larry Appelbaum and Talia Guzman-Gonzalez about his music, his work as an educator and his latest recording “Tipico.”
Speaker Biography: Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenon is a musican, composer, educator and multiple Grammy award nominee, considered to be one of the most influential saxophonists of his generation.
Related Library Resources: Music & Performing Arts at the Library of Congress

TITLE: Colonial Florida: Digital History (view on YouTube)
SPEAKER: J. Michael Francis
EVENT DATE: 2017/04/10
RUNNING TIME: 63 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript
DESCRIPTION: J. Michael Francis discussed the creation of a new initiative that contains infographics, maps, original documents and a historical database of people who lived in Florida between 1513 and 1821. The initiative aims to make colonial Florida history accessible to users across the world.
Speaker Biography: J. Michael Francis is a historian at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg.

TITLE: Poet 2 Poet: Consuelo Hernandez Reads César Vallejo (view on YouTube)
SPEAKER: Consuelo Hernandez
EVENT DATE: 2017/04/06
RUNNING TIME: 58 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript
DESCRIPTION: For this bilingual reading, Consuelo Hernandez read selections from the work of César Vallejo one of Latin America’s most beloved 20th century poets. She followed the homage by reading from her own work. (In English and Spanish)
Related Library Resources: Poetry & Literature at the Library of Congress

New Videos Monthly, 8/2/2017

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: King Solomon’s Table (view on YouTube) SPEAKER: Joan Nathan EVENT DATE: 2017/05/15 RUNNING TIME: […]

New Videos Monthly, 7/15/2017

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: The Poetry of Jawdat Haydar in a Transnational Framework (view on YouTube) SPEAKER: Carol […]

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 […]

4 Corners of the World Blog Launches a New Series, “New Videos Monthly”

“New Videos Monthly” is a new series that gathers in one place online videos recently made available on the Library’s website of public programs pertaining to the Library’s international collections. A post will be published every month and videos will be listed under each of the four area studies divisions respectively. To kick off the […]

The Persian Book Lecture Series on Video, an Educational Resource, Now Available Online

(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 […]

Jewish Genealogy Lecture in Celebration of Jewish-American Heritage Month on May 16th

(The following is a post by Sharon Horowitz, Reference Librarian, Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division.) In 1882 three Blumenthal brothers, Sam, Philip and Barney, left the Duchy of Courland, today part of western Latvia, bound for the United States. Michigan became the place they called home. Initially working as traveling peddlers, the three […]

Reflections on Symbols of Women’s History in Modern Context

(The Following is a post by Joan Weeks, Head, Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division.) With the celebration of Women’s History Month in March, images of suffragettes and suffragists marching for voting rights, or women on the assembly lines such as “Rosie the Riveter,” were frequently displayed around the country. In February 1980, […]