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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 2/16/2018

Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Bushra al-FadilTuesday, February 27, 2018, noon -  1 p.m.
Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Bushra al-Fadil

The Poetry and Literature Center and the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress present “Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Bushra al-Fadil,” on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, from noon to 1 p.m. The program is presented in partnership with the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, the Caine Prize for African writing and the Center for African Studies at Howard University.
2017 Caine Prize winner Bushra al-Fadil will read from “The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away” and participate in a moderated discussion with Africa Area Specialist Marieta Harper. This event is free and open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.
Location: African and Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220, 2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, DC 20540. Metro stop: Capitol South.
Contact: (202) 707-5394
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362  (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected].

Memories of My Spanish Childhood

(The following is a post by Juan Manuel Perez, Reference Specialist, Hispanic Division.) One of the fondest memories I have of growing up in Spain during Francisco Franco’s dictatorship was reading my favorite comic books, “El Capitán Trueno” (Captain Thunder) and “El Jabato” (Young Wild Boar). For many years, Trueno and Jabato were the most […]

20th Century Images of East Africa’s Swahili Coast Online

(The following is a post by Eve M. Ferguson, Reference Librarian for East Africa, African and Middle Eastern Division.) The name “Zanzibar” often conjures up visions of exotic landscapes populated by Arabian princesses and sultans, palaces by the sea and a vigorous trade of spices, gold and ivory. But for centuries, trade across the Indian […]

Micrography in the Jewish Tradition

(The following is a post by Sharon Horowitz, reference librarian in the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division.) Micrography is minute script written into abstract patterns or formed into figurative designs such as the shape of animals, flowers or human figures. This is a Jewish form of embellishment of Biblical texts, developed […]

New Videos Monthly, 1/31/2018

Following are the online recordings (webcasts) of recent public programs pertaining to the Library’s international collections. To discover more videos, visit the four area studies divisions here: African and Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and Hispanic. African and Middle Eastern Division TITLE: The Life & Antecedents of a Peripatetic Persian: Culture and Society in the Last […]

Sanskrit Manuscripts in the South Asian Rare Books Collection

(The following is post by Jonathan Loar, South Asian Reference Librarian, Asian Division) In 1938, the Library of Congress received a three-year grant from the Carnegie Corporation to establish a project for the development of Indic studies, which was the Library’s first initiative to collect South Asian materials systematically. This grant enabled the project’s director, […]

Minakata Kumagusu and the Tale of the Mountain God

(The following is a post by Cameron Penwell, Japanese Reference Librarian, Asian Division) On a shelf in the Japan rare book cage sits a small, unassuming wooden box next to a carefully preserved and tightly rolled scroll. Unfurled, the scroll reveals a hand-written Japanese text alongside fanciful images of anthropomorphic animals that together portray the […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 1/12/2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, noon – 1 p.m. Lecture: Spanish Gastronomy and Cultural Innovation José Berasaluce will discuss the influence of Spanish gastronomy on US culinary practice and culture. Berasaluce is a historian, culinary critic, and manager of Catas con arte, a project by the University of Cadiz (Spain), which provides cultural insight on topics […]