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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 2/23/2018

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].

 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, noon -  1 p.m.
Talk: Before Brasília: Frontier Life in Central Brazil

In this talk Dr. Mary Karasch will discuss her decades long research on frontier life in Central Brazil using diverse sources in Brazil, Portugal, Austria, England, and the Library of Congress. The presentation will cover the challenges to finding documents to write about the slaving frontier of Goiás where both indigenous peoples and enslaved Africans resisted enslavement. Sponsored by the Hispanic Division.
Free tickets available via Eventbrite
Location: Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Memorial Building, 6th floor
Contact: [email protected]
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected].

 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 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. Click here for more information about reader’s cards.
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 business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected].

 

Program lyer about a lecture titled "Moral Science in Postwar North Korean." Monday, March 26, 2018, 12 p.m.
Lecture: Moral Science in Postwar North Korea

The Asian Division, Library of Congress presents “Moral Science in Postwar North Korea” by Dr. Dafna Zur. Dr. Zur teaches at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University. As one of the very few North Korea scholars in the U.S. who specializes in the humanities, Dr. Zur will illuminate new perspectives on North Korean youth literature and its relationship to the changing values assigned to scientific development.
Free and open to the public.
Location: Whittall Pavillion, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Washington, D.C. 20540. Metro stop: Capital South
Contact: [email protected].
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected].

 

Friday, March 30, 2018, noon
Lecture: Movies and Popular Culture in Spain under Francoism (1939-1975)

Under the Franco regime, Spain was a country of passionate moviegoers struggling with the enormous limitations of the cultural life under a dictatorship, a tension that will be in the center of the present talk. This is the story of a fascination with movies under difficult circumstances, in a land in which cinema became a large projection screen for the anxieties, fears and hopes of millions of spectators. Dr. Fernando Ramos Arenas is Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University in Washington DC. He was Assistant Professor at the Institute for Communication and Media Sciences at Leipzig University (Germany) from 2010 to 2017. On April 2018 he will begin as Assistant Professor at Complutense University, Madrid. Cosponsored by the Hispanic Division and Hispanic Cultural Society of the Library of Congress.
Free tickets available via Eventbrite
Location: Dining Room A, James Madison Memorial Building, 6th floor
Contact: [email protected]
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected].

Baltic Authors of the Interwar Independence Period, 1918-40

(The following is a post by Taru Spiegel, Reference Specialist, European Division.) Building on the 19th-century nationalist flowering of literature in the various Baltic languages, authors in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania created a significant body of writing during the first period of Baltic independence, between World War I and World War II—1918 to 1940. During […]

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

Tuesday, 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 […]

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 […]