The Asian Division of the Library of Congress in partnership with Sentro Rizal Washington DC and the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines presents a lecture on Philippine culture and literature by the Honorable Virgilio S. Almario, Chairman of the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and National Artist for Literature. He will discuss what “Filipino culture” means and what Philippine society values, cherishes, and protects. He will explore the evolution of the Filipino culture and society, which are influenced and shaped by myths, legends, and folktales, especially in pre-colonial times. Drawing on symbols and artifacts in Filipino historical and literary texts, he will discuss the importance for the Filipinos to reimagine and rediscover themselves and their heritage for a strong cultural identity. He will conclude with an analysis of the future of the Filipino culture and literature with a thought-provoking question: Are folk narratives vestiges of an irrelevant past, or wisdom for surviving the modern world?
Location: Mumford Room, Madison Building, 6th Floor
Contact: Hong Ta-Moore at [email protected] or 202-707-3734
Tuesday, June 12, 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]
The Asian Division of the Library of Congress invites you to join Prof. Anne Burkus-Chasson to hear about her research on Chinese paintings and illustrated books in a public lecture “A Sentimental History: Depicting Emotion in Chinese Art.” Burkus-Chasson is associate professor in Art History of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Senior Fellow in the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2017-18).
In this talk she will discuss several narrative paintings of Chen Hongshou 陳洪綬 (1598/1599-1652), a famous painter and poet in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and their intersection with the illustrated book. Historians of Chinese literature and philosophy have written extensively about the significance of emotion (qing 情) in late Ming times (1522-1644) and argue about how a pictorial image manifests emotion and how these visible signs of emotion conceptualize. In this lecture about emotion and visuality, Prof. Burkus-Chasson will offer an in-depth look into the paintings of Chen Hongshou which delineate a narrative event and elicit an emotional response from its viewers. She also makes reference to themes that engage self-representation, theories of vision and ways of seeing, as well as the interrelationship between words and images, painting and print.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, ground floor
Contact: Jeffrey Wang, [email protected], (202) 707-2932
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, the Library of Congress, invites you to the 22nd Annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture Series: “New Topics in Armenian History and Culture,” with Luc Vartan Baronian (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada); Vazken Khatchig Davidian (Birkbeck College, University of London); Helen C. Evans (Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters); Nerses V. Hayrapetyan (U.S. Embassy, Yerevan); Robert Krikorian (Bureau of Intelligence & Research, U.S. Department of State); Amy Landau (Walters Art Museum); Sylvie L. Merian, (Reader Services Librarian, The Morgan Library & Museum); Khatchig Mouradian (Columbia University); Haig Utidjian (Charles University in Prague); Theo Maarten van Lint (Oxford University); Murat C. Yildiz (Skidmore College); Tigran Zargaryan (The National Library of Armenia).
Free and open to the public. Allow time to clear security.
New Location: LJ-119, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building.
Contact: Levon Avdoyan, [email protected], (202) 707-5680.