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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 2/17/2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, noon – 1 p.m. (ET) Lecture: Islamic Architecture and Its Relevance to Human Daily Needs by Dr. Heba Abdelnabi, University of Alexandria, Egypt The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress and the Egyptian Embassy, Cultural and Educational Affairs Office invite you to […]

Africana Historic Postcard Collection

(The following is a post by Angel D. Batiste, Area Specialist, African and Middle Eastern Division.) After European powers met at the event called the Berlin Conference in 1884-85 to negotiate and formalize claims to African territory, nations in Africa faced European imperialist conquest and eventual colonization. By 1900 most of the entire African continent, […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 2/10/2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 11 a.m.  (ET) 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. – noon. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification […]

Purgatories of Broken Dreams: Bob Dylan´s and Don Quixote´s Desolation Row

(The following is a guest post by Hernán S. M. De Pinillos, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Maryland.) The American filmmaker Martin Scorsese wrote recently in his autobiography, “Scorsese on Scorsese, “I read ‘Don Quixote’ just before starting ‘Gangs of New York,’ and discovered that everything you might want to do […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 2/3/2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 11 a.m. (ET) 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. – noon. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification […]

19th-Century Slovenian Primers and Readers

(The following is a post by Helen Fedor, Reference Specialist, European Division.) Slovenian children in the 19th-century commonly learned to read using primers, or ABC-books, and then graduated to readers — books composed specially for practice in reading gradually-more-difficult texts. Texts for readers are selected, or written, for a specific level of reading ability, and […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 1/27/2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, noon – 1 p.m. (ET) Book Talk: “Business and Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia: Opportunities for Partnering and Investing in Emerging Business” A Book Signing by Edward Burton The Near East Section of the African and Middle East Division of the Library of Congress presents a book talk, “Business and Entrepreneurship in […]

At the Library: An Interview with Peng Guoxiang, 2016 Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North, Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Qi Qiu, Head of Scholarly Services, Asian Division.) For the first time in 16 years the Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North is a scholar in Chinese Studies. Peng Guoxiang, Professor of Chinese Philosophy, Intellectual History and Religions at Zhejiang University, was selected in July 2016 […]

The Angel of Budapest: Ángel Sanz Briz

(The following is a post by Juan Manuel Pérez, reference librarian in the Hispanic Division.) Sometimes called the “Angel of Budapest” or the “Spanish Schindler,” Spanish diplomat Ángel Sanz Briz (1910-1980) is credited with having saved as many as 5,000 Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust, between June and December 1944. Sanz Briz spent a few […]

Poet Laureate Visits Library’s Asian Division

(The following is a repost from ”From the Catbird Seat” written by Kelly Yuzawa, who works within the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress and was previously a staff detail in the Poetry and Literature Center.) During a visit to the Library at the end of October, Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera […]