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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 6/8/2018

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Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected].
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Flyer for lecture - Recovering the National MemoryMonday, June 11, 2018, 3 – 4 p.m.
Lecture: Recovering the National Memory: The Quest for a Pre-colonial Filipino Past

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

Hispanic Reading RoomTuesday, 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]

Burkus-Chasson FlyerTuesday, June 19, 2018, 3 – 4 p.m.
Lecture: A Sentimental History: Depicting Emotion in Chinese Art

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

Flyer 2018 Vardanants1Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The 22nd Annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture Series
“New Topics in Armenian History and Culture”

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.
Location: LJ-119, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building.
Contact: Levon Avdoyan, [email protected], (202) 707-5680.

VozLatina_KC-LC_2018Tuesday, June 28, 2018 & Thursday, June 30, 2018
La Voz Latina / The Latin Voice in the Americas: A Splendid Diversity

Presented by the John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts in collaboration with the Hispanic Division and the Poetry and Literature Center of the Library of Congress 

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 6 – 9 p.m.
“A Cuban Love Affair”: The Art of the Book

RUTH BEHAR (University of Michigan) interviews master bookmaker ROLANDO ESTÉVEZ and displays a collection of handmade books, an art form that is highly developed on the island. CATALINA GÓMEZ of the Library of Congress, which has a collection of Estévez’s books (Ediciones Vigía) in its Rare Books collection, will join the conversation. A selection of Library of Congress Vigía materials will be on display in room adjacent to the program.
Location: Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 1st floor Room LJ-119
Contact: [email protected]
Saturday, June 30, 2018, 11 a.m.
“Harlem to Havana”: Nicolás Guillén and Langston Hughes, Two Poets, Two Worlds, One Friendship

Featuring Cuban American playwright JORGE CORTIÑAS (“Sleepwalkers and Maleta Mulata”) and Pulitzer Prizewinning U.S. Poet Laureate NATASHA TRETHEWEY, this is a re-enactment of the friendship and literary collaboration between two great jazz-age poets, Cuban Nicolás Guillén and American Langston Hughes. Cortiñas and Trethewey will present the poets’ verses, correspondence, and anecdotes, as well as talk about their influence on their own art.
Location: Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Free tickets will be distributed 30 minutes prior to the event in front of the theater.

Saturday, June 30, 2018, 2 p.m.
“La Voz Latina”: Six Literary Stars of the Americas
Six of the most eclectic and revered Latino writers from the Americas—North and South—talk about their work, their inspiration, and their enormously diverse cultures, moderated by writer and critic MARIE ARANA, along with writer RUTH BEHAR. Featured are the legendary Mexican-American writer SANDRA CISNEROS, Chilean-American playwright and novelist ARIEL DORFMAN, Bolivian novelist and essayist RODRIGO HASBÚN, Peruvian journalist and novelist SANTIAGO RONCAGLIOLO, Puerto Rican-American novelist and memoirist ESMERALDA SANTIAGO, and Cuban sci-fi novelist YOSS.
Location: Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Free tickets will be distributed 30 minutes prior to the event in front of the theater.


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