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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 4/19/2019

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 5:00 – 6:45 p.m.
Book Talk: “On the Finland Watch: An American Diplomat in Finland during the Cold War”

The European Division of the Library of Congress and Finlandia Foundation present “On the Finland Watch: An American Diplomat in Finland during the Cold War” by diplomat and author James Ford Cooper. Mr. Cooper is an expert on the critical past and present East-West relations.
Location: Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC (two blocks from Capitol South Metro stop)
Contact: [email protected].

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Research Orientation: Asian Reading Room

This research orientation introduces the Asian Division’s collections and provides guidance for conducting research in Asian studies at the Library more generally. The orientation begins with a brief overview of the Asian Division’s history and a survey of its seven collections: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Tibetan. The remainder of the time is devoted to participants’ specific research interests and focuses on how to utilize the Library’s online catalogs most effectively, requesting materials in a closed-stack library, accessing popular electronic resources available for on-site use only, and finding Asia-related materials (maps, photographs, etc.) in the Library’s other reading rooms.
Register via Eventbrite.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ-139B.

Friday, May 3, 2019, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Art Showcase and Workshop with Chicano Artist Mario Torero

Leading Chicano Movement artist/muralist Mario Torero will be talk about some of his artworks collected by the Library of Congress and then conduct a hands-on drawing workshop with the artist.
* [PART 1] Collections Presentation: 4:30–5:30 p.m. – Click here to register
* [PART 2] Drawing Workshop: 5:30–7:30 p.m. (30 vacancies) – Click here to register

An important figure in the San Diego California Barrio Logan group of artists active in the Chicano civil rights movement. From 1988 to 1993 he was the Commissioner of the City of San Diego Commission of Arts and Culture, and taught at several San Diego colleges and schools. He is a co-founder of several local cultural organizations, including the Centro Cultural de la Raza, and the Chicano Park Murals Outdoor Museum. Torero’s work has been exhibited in the United States, Mexico, Peru, Germany, and Japan. Some of his major murals are in San Diego, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, and Prague. He has writen articles for the San Diego Union, the Los Angeles Times, Time magazine, and USA Today.
Location: Hispanic Reading Room (LJ-240), Hanke Room (conference room)
Thomas Jefferson Building, 2nd floor
Contact: [email protected]

Flyer for Jewish American Month 2019Monday, May 6, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Book Talk: Joining the Club: A History of Jews and Yale

In celebration of Jewish-American Heritage Month, the Hebraic Section of the African & Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress, and the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington present Dan A. Oren, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Oren will speak about his book “Joining the Club: A History of Jews and Yale.” Books will be available for sale and signing.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building (Ground Floor) Library of Congress Washington, DC 20540
Contact: Sharon Horowitz, [email protected], 202.707.3780
Please allow time to clear security. Free and Open to the Public.

Hispanic Reading RoomTuesday, May 7, 2019, 11:00 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 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification Card prior to the session. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
For more information about reader’s cards, click here.
Location: Hispanic Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ-240.
Contact: [email protected]

Courting the Muse: Hebrew Wedding Poems from 18th-Century Italy

(The following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division.) The spectacular news of the Venus flyby conducted by the Parker Solar Probe made headlines around the world last autumn, dazzling us all with its close-ups of the sun and reams of new data on nearby planets. Little […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 4/12/2019

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected] Directions Floor Plans Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Research Orientation: European Reading Room A tour of the European Reading Room, and an orientation to the Library’s European collections, is being offered on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from […]

Albania’s National Hero, Scanderbeg: A Legendary Military Strategist

(The following is a post by Grant G. Harris, chief, and Taru Spiegel, reference specialist, European Division. Based on papers presented by Grant G. Harris in 2018.) As the Ottoman Empire expanded into Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries, the religious differences between the Islamic Ottomans and the Christian Europeans, and shifting political alliances, made for […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 4/5/2019

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected] Directions Floor Plans Monday, April 8, 2019, 5:00 p.m. Reading and Conversation with Ana Luísa Amaral Portuguese poet Ana Luísa Amaral will participate in a conversation and reading from her new book of poems What’s in a name? (New Directions, […]

Alternative Public Forums for Italian Women Authors and Readers at the Turn of the 19th Century

(The following is a post by Lucia Wolf, reference librarian for Italy, European Division.) Although Italy has a long history of celebrated female authors, women’s writing in that country really began to flourish in the 19th century, thanks to the proliferation of journals that provided public forums for women to express themselves. The Library of […]

Dunkirk: A 19th-Century Prequel

(The following is a post by Juan Manuel Pérez, Reference Specialist, Hispanic Division. Patricia Penon, Technician, Hispanic Division, also contributed to this post.) As the enemy overran the European continent at lightning speed, the British government organized an expeditionary force to stop them. However, in the face of a rapidly advancing enemy, British forces retreated […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 3/15/2019

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected] Directions Floor Plans Saturday, March 16, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Celebrating Influential Latinas: A Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon Please join us in the Hispanic Reading Room at the Library of Congress to honor influential Latin American, Caribbean, Spanish, Portuguese, and […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 3/8/2019

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected] Directions Floor Plans Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 11:00 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 […]

Hindostan: A Propaganda Newspaper for South Asian POWs in Germany during World War I

(The following is a post by Jonathan Loar, South Asian Reference Librarian, Asian Division) On June 28, 1914, the assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie soon led to an unprecedented global conflict involving numerous nations and empires. Most people are probably familiar with World War I […]