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Art & War: Les Croix de bois

(This is the second in a series featuring literary and other artistic “Responses to World War I” in the Library of Congress collections. This post is by Marianna Stell, Reference Assistant in the Rare Book & Special Collections Division.) Before the outbreak of World War I, French novelist Roland Dorgelès (1886-1973) was best known among […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 3/24/2017

Saturday, March 25, 10 – 11:30 a.m. (ET) Saturday Research Orientation: Hispanic Reading Room Taught by reference librarians, this free Saturday orientation will focus on providing researchers an opportunity to learn more about the collections, expertise, services, and programs, offered by the Library’s Hispanic Division. For registration, click here. Location: Room 139B of the Jefferson […]

Her Magazine, Her Voice: Foremothers of Women’s Journals in Africa and the Middle East

(The following is a joint post by Angel Batiste, Ann Brener, Anchi Hoh, and Fawzi Tadros in the African and Middle Eastern Division.) The history of women in Africa and the Middle East has often been told as addenda to incessant wars, political turmoil, and social injustice. If women’s voices could be heard, what story […]

South Asia at the Library of Congress: The Albrecht Weber Collection (1904)

(The following is a post by Jonathan Loar, Reference Librarian for South Asian collection, Asian Division.) Between the end of the 18th and the start of the 19th century, India was becoming a major academic subject throughout Europe. The discovery that many words in the ancient Indian language Sanskrit (e.g., dasha – ten, akshi – […]

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

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 11 a.m. (ET) Hispanic Reading Room Research Orientation Sign up for a 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 11:00am-12:00pm. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification Card prior to […]

Love Songs from the Middle East: A Valentine’s Day Celebrated with Poems from the Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish Collections

Poetry was the theme of a special program, “Love Songs from the Middle East: A Valentine’s Day Extravaganza with Poems from the Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish,” held in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room of the Library of Congress. Through dramatic readings, the division’s very own area specialists journeyed with their audience […]

The Art of Reading Runes

(The following is a post by Taru Spiegel, Reference Specialist, European Division.) Many students in today’s globalized world learn more than one script in order to prepare for the future. However, not too many immerse themselves in writing systems of the past. Things were different for 19th-century school children in Sweden. Claës Johan Ljungström’s “Rúna-list, […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 2/24/2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 6:45 p.m. (ET) Offsite Event: 150 Years of Rubén Darío To commemorate 150 years since the birth of Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío, professors Gwen Kirkpatrick (Georgetown University) and Alba Aragón (Bridgewater State University) together with Nicaraguan poet Milagros Terán will discuss Darío’s historical and literary legacy. Presented by the Embassy of […]