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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 3/30/2018

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Program lyer about a lecture titled "Moral Science in Postwar North Korean." Monday, March 26, 2018, noon – 1 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.
Contact: [email protected].

Movies_and_popular_culture_in_Spain_1939-1975_EventFriday, 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]

Popular Iranian Cinema before the Revolution FlyerWednesday, April 4, 2018, noon – 1 p.m.
The Persian Book Lecture Series
Lecture: Popular Iranian Cinema before the Revolution
The Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress, invites you to the 2018 Nowruz Lecture, “Popular Iranian Cinema before the Revolution,” with Dr. Pedram Partovi, author and professor, Department of History, American University. Free and open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.
Location: The African and Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, DC 20540.
Contact: Hirad Dinavari, 202-707-4518, [email protected]

Arabic Press in the U.S. - program flyerThursday, April 12, 2018, noon – 1 p.m.
Lecture: History of the Arabic Press in the U.S.
The Near East Section of the African and Middle East Division of the Library of Congress presents a lecture by Dr. Edmund Ghareeb, titled: “History of the Arabic Press in the U.S. with a Focus on the Origins, Development, Rise, and Influence of the Arabic Language Press between Early 1890s and 1930s.” Dr. Ghareeb is an internationally recognized expert on the Arab and American media, the Middle East, Iraq, and Kurds. He received his Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University and is the author of several widely acclaimed books, as well as editor and co-editor of several books both in Arabic and English. He has been an analyst and frequent commentator for major media outlets in the US, the Arab world, Asia, and Europe. Free and open to the public.
Location: The African and Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, DC 20540.
Contact: Nawal Kawar, 202-707-4708, [email protected]

Friday, April 13, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Symposium: The Legacy of Chilean and Latin American Poetry
“The Legacy of Chilean and Latin American Poetry” brings together poets and literary scholars from Latin America and the United States to consider the dynamic emergence, development, and diversity of poetic forms throughout the Americas, with an emphasis on Chile. It will also be presented to recognize Professor Gwen Kirkpatrick for her scholarship in the field of Latin American poetry, her contributions to the university, and her profound dedication to her students.
Featured Speakers: Soledad Bianchi (Universidad de Chile), Rodrigo Cánovas (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Enrique Cortez (Portland State University), Laura DeMaría (University of Maryland), Rocío Ferreira (De Paul University), Alvaro Kaempfer (Gettysburg College), Ana Inés Larre Borges (Biblioteca Nacional de Uruguay), Francisco Leal (Colorado State University), Miguel López (University of New Mexico), Francine Masiello (University of California, Berkeley), Sarah Moody (University of Alabama), María José Navía (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), and Vivaldo Santos (Georgetown University), María Inés Zaldívar (poet).
Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Division and the Poetry and Literature Center of the Library of Congress, the Embassy of Chile, Georgetown University, George Washington University, the University of Maryland, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and the Universidad de Chile.
Free tickets available via Eventbrite
Location: Montpelier Room, James Madison Memorial Building, 6th floor
Contact:[email protected]

JewishAmericanHeritageMonth2018 program flyerMonday, May 7, 2018, noon – 1 p.m.
Jewish American Heritage Month
Book Talk: Roads Taken: Jewish Peddlers and Their American Journey
In celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, the Library of Congress and the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington present Professor Hasia Diner of New York University speaking about her newest book, “Roads Taken: Jewish Peddlers and Their American Journey.” Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free and open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.
Location: The African and Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, DC 20540.
Contact: Sharon Horowitz, 202-707-3780, [email protected]

New Acquisition: Leo Matiz, History and Fiction through Photography

(The following is a repost by Catalina Gomez, a reference librarian in the Hispanic Division, and Adam Silvia, an assistant curator of photography in the Prints and Photographs Division. The post originally appeared on the Library of Congress Blog.) This past year, photography enthusiasts celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the birth of Leo Matiz (1917–98), […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 3/16/2018

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected] Directions Floor Plans Friday, March 23, 2018, 3 p.m. Book talk: Exile, Diaspora, and Return: Changing Cultural Landscape in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay Professors Luis Roniger (Wake Forest University) and Saúl Sosnowski (University of Maryland) will discuss this book, which […]

Bookselling at the Crossroads: An Anecdote of Hebrew Book History from the Early Ottoman Empire

(The following post is by Ann Brener, Hebraic area specialist in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division.) The year is 1547; the place a synagogue in Constantinople, crossroads of Europe and Asia and capital of the burgeoning Ottoman Empire. Constantinople in this period is a vibrant, bustling metropolis, newly revitalized by the conquests of […]

“The Good Soldier Švejk”

(The following is a post by Helen Fedor, Reference Specialist in the European Division.) The most famous work by Czech writer Jaroslav Hašek (1883-1923), and probably the best known work of Czech literature, is “Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za svÄ›tové války” (The adventures of the good soldier Švejk during the world war), or as it […]

Early European Resources on Vietnam at the Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Tien Doan, Special Assistant to the Chief, Asian Division.) The history of European interaction with Vietnam can be traced back to “The Travels of Marco Polo,” which records, in the late 1280s, the noted Italian explorer’s experiences traveling through the area, that is modern Vietnam. More than one-hundred versions […]