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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 6/9/2016

Friday, June 10, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Conference: Assyrian Legacy – From Ancient Civilization to Today’s Cultural Revival The African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress invites you to a conference, “Assyrian Legacy: From Ancient Civilization to Today’s Cultural Revival,” on Friday, June 10, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., […]

Amid the Alien Corn: Scrolls of Ruth at the Library of Congress

(The Following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic area specialist, African and Middle Eastern Division.) The Scroll of Ruth is one of the five biblical scrolls, and with its pastoral beauty and idyllic-like quality is surely one of the most popular books in the Hebrew Bible. The story, which unfolds in the fields of […]

Becoming Jacob Riis

(The following is a post by Taru Spiegel, Reference Specialist, European Division.) The Library of Congress exhibit Jacob Riis: Revealing ‘How the Other Half Lives’ explores the work of a pioneering Danish-American photojournalist and social reformer. The Library’s Jacob A. Riis (1849-1914) papers and Riis’s photographs from the Museum of the City of New York […]

4 Corners: International Studies Program Calendar 5/27/2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Research Orientation: Introduction to Resources in the Library of Congress, Asian Collection Eiichi Ito, Reference Specialist, Asian Division The Asian Division is offering a research orientation about the Asian collection at the Library of Congress. Attendees will learn about online resources both in Asian languages and English […]

A Haggadah with a Chinese Touch

On the shelves of the Hebraic rare book collection, housed in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division, sits a Haggadah published in Amsterdam in 1781, by the Widow and Sons of Jacob Proops, a very well-established Hebrew printing press. According to Ann Brener, Hebraic area specialist, this Haggadah is listed in two classic bibliographies: […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 5/20-28/2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 1:30 p.m. Lectures: La Città degli Ebrei/The City of the Jews: Segregated Space and the Admission of Strangers in the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, a Conference Marking the 500th Anniversary of the Ghetto’s Founding The Law Library and European Division, Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy, the […]

The Nekcsei-Lipócz Bible, a 14th-Century Illuminated Manuscript from Hungary

(The following is a post by Kenneth Nyirady, Reference Specialist for Hungary, in the Library’s European Division.) The Library of Congress possesses more than 1,500 editions of the Bible in over 150 languages. The most famous item in this collection is the 15th-century Gutenberg Bible, on permanent display in the Library’s Great Hall. Also on […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 5/13-21/2016

Friday, May 13, 2016, noon – 1 p.m. Lecture: The Literary Legacy of ÁLVARO MUTIS Charlotte Rogers, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia Assistant Professor of Spanish Charlotte Rogers (University of Virginia) will discuss the work and legacy of Álvaro Mutis, one of Colombia’s most prominent poets and prose writers, author of the acclaimed compendium “Adventures […]

Book as Microcosm: A Unique Hebrew Copy of Ibn Sina’s Canon

(The following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic area specialist in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division.) The book is bound in dark brown leather over wooden boards, its tooled surface rubbed smooth with age. Its envelope-style binding, common to works in the Muslim world, is highly unusual in the world of Hebrew […]