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

Monday, May 1, 2017 – 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Film Screening: “La Batalla Futura” A Film about Roberto Bolaño

The film by Ricardo House offers a close look at the writer Roberto Bolaño and his turbulent relationship with his native country, Chile. The film intends to show the unknown aspects of the young Bolaño, a provocative avant-garde man, and one Latin America’s most celebrated writers. Cosponsored by the Hispanic Division and presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Chile.
Free and open to the public.
Location: Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, 3rd floor.
Contact: [email protected] or [email protected]
Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017, noon –  1 p.m.
Book Talk: Never Tell an Arab Poet Not to Write
by Waed Athamneh, Professor of Arabic Studies, Connecticut College

The Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division presents Waed Athamneh, Professor of Arabic Studies, Connecticut College, speaking on “Never Tell an Arab Poet Not to Write.” Free and open to the public. Book signing to follow.
Location: African Middle East Division Reading Room, LJ-220 Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S. E. Washington, D.C. 20540. Metro stop: Capitol South.
Contact: Dr. Muhannad Salhi, [email protected] or (202) 707-3778
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707- 6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected]

 

Monday, May 8, 2017, 11 a.m.
Lecture: Brazilian Literature: A Conversation with Noemi Jaffe

Brazilian novelist Noemi Jaffe will be discussing her most recent novel “What are the Blind Men Dreaming?” (O que os cegos estão sonhando?) in a moderated conversation with Vivaldo Andrade dos Santos (Georgetwon University). This book brings together the experiences and reflections of three generations of women: Lili Stern—the author’s mother—a Holocaust survivor whose diary entries open the book; Noemi Jaffe herself, reflecting on her mother’s experiences upon reading her diary and visiting Auschwitz in 2009; and Noemi’s daughter Leda Cartum, as a response to “the power of memory and survival.”
Free and open to the public
Location: Whittall Pavillion, Thomas Jefferson Buildfing, ground floor
Contact: [email protected]
Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].

 

Monday, May 8, 2017, noon – 1 p.m.
Lecture: How I Found My Jewish American Family
by Genealogist Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage

In Celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress and the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington present Genealogist Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage speaking on “How I Found My Jewish American Family.” Mr. Horowitz will share techniques, resources and repositories in the US and in the world that helped him discover the US branch of his family.
Location: African Middle East Division Reading Room, LJ-220 Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S. E. Washington, D.C. 20540. Metro stop: Capitol South.
Contact: Sharon Horowitz, [email protected] or (202) 707-3780
Free and open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707- 6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected]

 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 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 a.m. – 12 p.m. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification Card prior to the session. For more information about reader’s cards, see here.
Location: Hispanic Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ-240. Attendees should use the First Street Carriage Entrance of the Jefferson Building. Contact: [email protected]
Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, noon
Book Talk: A Minor Apocalypse: Warsaw during the First World War

The European Division and Polish Language Table of the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, present Robert Blobaum discussing his new book, “A Minor Apocalypse: Warsaw during the First World War.” Robert Blobaum is the Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of History at West Virginia University. In addition to “A Minor Apocalypse,” he is the editor of “Antisemitism and Its Opponents in Modern Poland” (2005), and the author of the award-winning “Rewolucja: Russian Poland, 1904-1907” (1995) and “Feliks Dzierzynski and the SDKPiL: A Study of the Origins of Polish Communism” (1984). Book sales and signing to follow.
Location: European Reading Room, LJ-249 (2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707- 6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected]
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Monday, May 15, 2017, noon –  1 p.m.
Book Talk: King Solomon’s Table
by Joan Nathan, World-famous author of 11 cookbooks

The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division presents Joan Nathan, World-famous author of 11 cookbooks, speaking about her newest book. “King Solomon’s Table.”
Location: African Middle East Division Reading Room, LJ-220 Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S. E. Washington, D.C. 20540. Metro stop: Capitol South.
Contact: Sharon Horowitz, [email protected] or (202) 707-3780
Free and open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707- 6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected]

Keynote Presentations and Collections Display at the 11th Annual International Mongolian Studies Conference at the Library of Congress January 27, 2017

(The following is a post by Susan Meinheit, Mongolian and Tibetan Reference Specialist, Asian Division) The Asian Division recently welcomed over 80 Mongolian scholars for the keynote session of the 11th Annual International Mongolian Studies Conference. The conference is a yearly two-day event hosted by the Mongolian Cultural Association located in Falls Church, VA, and […]

Aesop’s Fables at the Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Taru Spiegel, Reference Specialist, European Division.) “Aesop’s Fables” have been known for well over two millennia, and have been published in numerous languages and various configurations. Expressions such as “sour grapes,” “birds of a feather flock together,” “familiarity breeds contempt,” and “slow and steady wins the race,” have their […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 4/14/2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017, noon – 1 p.m. (ET) Lecture: Marriage and Politics in 19th and 20th Century Ethiopia by Heran Sereke-Brhan, Ph.D., Deputy Director, DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, the Library of Congress presents “Marriage and Politics in 19th and 20th Century Ethiopia,” by Heran Sereke-Brhan, Ph.D., Deputy […]

Gathered Around the Seder Table: Images from the Passover Haggadah

(The following is a cross-post by Sharon Horowitz, reference librarian in the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division. It originally appeared on the Library of Congress blog.) Exodus 23:15 tells us that Passover should be celebrated in the spring. The rabbis understood this to mean it was their job to maintain the […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 3/31/2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017, noon – 1 p.m. (ET) Book Talk: Islam: Facts and Fictions by Dr. Chase Robinson, President and Distinguished Professor of History, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York The Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress presents Dr. Chase Robinson, President and Distinguished […]