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The Library of Congress to Celebrate the Works of Idea Vilariño and Álvaro Mutis

(The following is a post by Catalina Gómez, Reference Librarian, Hispanic Division.) This month the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress is happy to present, together with the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center, two literary programs that will bring to light the work of two of the most groundbreaking poets of the 20th century […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar (5/6-14/2016)

Friday, May 6, 2016, noon – 1 p.m. Lecture: Political Interrogations and Human Rights Violations in the Brazilian Military Dictatorship Professor Mariana Joffili (State University of Santa Catarina, Brazil) Professor Mariana Joffili (State University of Santa Catarina, Brazil) will discuss her research on military dictatorships and human rights violations in Latin America. This event is […]

Cervantes’ “Don Quixote”: A Celebration of the Spanish Language

(The following is a post by Juan Manuel Pérez, Reference Specialist, Hispanic Division.) This year Spain and the world are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616), author of “Don Quixote,” the first novel written in the modern world, published in 1605. Written as a criticism of the chivalric […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar (5/2-7/2016)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, noon – 1 p.m. Book Talk: “Stolen Words: The Nazi Plunder of Jewish Books” by Author Mark Glickman The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division presents author Mark Glickman speaking about his new book, “Stolen Words: the Nazi Plunder of Jewish Books.” Free and open to the public. […]

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, […]

Happy Birthday, Hans Christian Andersen!

(The following is a post by Taru Spiegel, Reference Specialist, European Division.) April is the birthday month of the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-75), known worldwide for his stories, especially The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, and The Princess and the Pea. Expressions such as “an ugly duckling” and “the emperor’s new clothes” are, in fact, […]

Hello from the “4 Corners of the World”!

Welcome to “4 Corners of the World,” a blog dedicated to international collections and studies at the Library of Congress. This blog is a collaborative social media initiative by the Library’s four area studies divisions — African and Middle Eastern, Asian, European and Hispanic. Posts on this blog will highlight important research resources as well […]