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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 1/13/2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, noon (ET) Lecture: Life and Times of Russian Historian and Culinary Writer Vil’jam Pokhlebkin, 1923-2000 The European Division presents the “Life and Times of Russian Historian and Culinary Writer Vil’jam Pokhlebkin, 1923-2000,” by Ronald Feldstein, Professor Emeritus, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, Indiana University, Bloomington. Vil’jam Pokhlebkin […]

The Book of Khalid: An Arab-American Tale

(The following is a post by Muhannad Salhi, Arab World Specialist, Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division.) “Orientals” says he, “seldom adventure into that region of fancy and fabrication so alluring to European and American writers; for, like the eyes of huris, our vanity is soft and demure. This then is a book […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 1/6/2017

(Event canceled) Tuesday, January 24, 2017, noon – 1 p.m. (ET) Lecture: Family Histories and Political Marriages in Ethiopia by Dr. Heran Serekebrehan, Deputy Director of the Washington DC Mayor’s Office of African Affairs The African and Middle Eastern Division, the Library of Congress, invites you to a lecture, “Family Histories and Political Marriages in […]

An Illustrated Book of the Story of Three Kingdoms

(The following is a post by Jeffrey Wang, Reference Specialist, Asian Division.) “The Story of Three Kingdoms” (Sanguo Yanyi), created by Luo Guanzhong (1330-1400), is a historical novel and one of the greatest Chinese literary masterpieces. It is largely based on the historical work “Annals of the Three Kingdoms” (Sanguo Zhi) by Chen Shou (233-297), […]

Princess Tanya Comes to Washington: A Chanukah Story for the Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic area specialist in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division.) This Chanukah, it will be exactly one hundred years since a Jewish artist in revolution-torn Moscow presented his young stepdaughter, Tanya, with a wonderful Chanukah gift: a hand-lettered Russian fairytale in which the little girl herself […]

Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-89)

(The following is a post by Taru Spiegel, Reference Specialist, European Division.) A colorful figure and the subject of much fascination, and scandalized conjecture over the years, Sweden’s Queen Christina (in Swedish, Kristina) was born in Stockholm in December 1626.  She was educated as befitted a royal male since, as an only child, she was […]

Africa, Past and Future: A Conversation with Toyin Falola

(The following is a repost from the Insights: Work at the John W. Kluge Center, written by Dan Turello.) Members of the Scholars Council are appointed by the Librarian of Congress to advise on matters related to scholarship at the Library, with special attention to the Kluge Center and the Kluge Prize. The Council includes […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 12/16/2016

(Event canceled) Tuesday, January 24, 2017, noon – 1 p.m. (ET) – Newly added! Lecture: Family Histories and Political Marriages in Ethiopia by Dr. Heran Serekebrehan, Deputy Director of the Washington DC  Mayor’s Office of African Affairs The African and Middle Eastern Division, the Library of Congress, invites you to a lecture, “Family Histories and […]

Ferdinand II of Aragon and the Creation of a Global Empire

(The following is a post by Juan Manuel Pérez, reference librarian in the Hispanic Division.) This year marks the 500th anniversary of the death of King Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452-1516), who with his wife, Queen Isabella I of Castile (1451-1504), contributed greatly to the unification of Spain. During their reign (1474-1504) their two kingdoms, […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 12/9/2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 11 a.m. 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 11:00am-12:00pm. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification Card prior to the […]