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New Videos Monthly, 4/2/2018

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: Rwanda Women Rising (view on YouTube)
SPEAKER: Swanee Hunt
EVENT DATE: 2017/11/07
RUNNING TIME: 56 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript
DESCRIPTION: Swanee Hunt discussed her book “Rwandan Women Rising,” the story of how the female population of the tiny African nation led that country’s rebirth after the horrific 1994 genocide that left nearly a million dead.
Speaker Biography: A former U.S. Ambassador to Austria, Swanee Hunt chairs the Washington-based Institute for Inclusive Security. She is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, CEO of Hunt Alternatives and a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations.

TITLE: Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen (view on YouTube)
SPEAKER: Linda Heywood
EVENT DATE: 2017/11/09
RUNNING TIME: 59 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript
DESCRIPTION: Linda Heywood discussed her book “Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen,” about this multifaceted and successful 17th-Century African ruler.
Speaker Biography: Linda Heywood is a professor of African history and the history of the African diaspora and African-American studies at Boston University.

TITLE: Tracking the Provenance of Printing in Afghanistan (1871-78) (view on YouTube)
SPEAKER: Elham Bakhtary
EVENT DATE: 2017/11/16
RUNNING TIME: 37 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript
DESCRIPTION: Elham Bakhtary investigated the lithographs’ literary influences and argued that the lithographs espoused a unique ethno-Islamic ideology that challenged the substance of Islamic revivalism in India, but also employed the latter’s technological and discursive methods in doing so. The lecture concluded with how this similarity suggests that ideas and print technology in South Asia traveled along similar itineraries in the 19th century.
Speaker Biography: Elham Bakhtary was a 2016-2017 CLIR/Mellon Fellow. He works in the Library of Congress Preservation Research and Testing Division and is a Ph.D candidate in history at George Washington University.

Asian Division

TITLE: A Story in Layers: Japanese Woodblock Prints (view on YouTube)
SPEAKER: Clair Cuccio
EVENT DATE: 2018/01/25
RUNNING TIME: 64 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript
DESCRIPTION: Clair Cuccio discussed how Japanese woodblock prints are created by means of a network of multiple artists in a process that combines individual expertise and collaborative production.
Speaker Biography: Clair Cuccio is an independent scholar of East Asian woodblock prints and print culture.

TITLE: Protecting Mongolia’s Lake Hovsgol National Park (view on YouTube)
SPEAKER: Robert McIntosh, Clyde Goulden
EVENT DATE: 2018/02/09
RUNNING TIME: 71 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript
DESCRIPTION: Clyde Goulden and Robert McIntosh discussed the critical importance of science and the rule of law in protecting the integrity of Mongolia’s Lake Hovsgol National Park, one of the most beautiful and famous tourist destinations in Mongolia. Lake Hovsgol, the second largest lake in the nation, is called the Blue Pearl of Mongolia because of its crystal clear water. The area features unique flora and fauna, and is surrounded by traditional nomadic areas, all of which are affected by tourism and development. Gouldena and McIntosh have done more than 20 years of research into the area’s values, ecology, ethnography, biodiversity and traditional lifestyles.
Speaker Biography: Robert McIntosh is part of the Mongolia Ecology Center, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Speaker Biography: Clyde Goulden is the curator emeritus at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University.

European Division

TITLE: Reformation at 500: Rebel in the Ranks (view on YouTube)
SPEAKER: Brad S. Gregory
EVENT DATE: 2017/11/16
RUNNING TIME: 70 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript
DESCRIPTION: Brad S.Gregory discusses his new book, “Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World” as part of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
Speaker Biography: Brad S. Gregory is one of the foremost American historians and authors of the Reformation and Christianity in the 16th and 17th centuries. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton and additional degrees from the University of Arizona and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. His work has been recognized with the Phi Alpha Theta Best First Book Award and the American Catholic Historical Association’s John Gilmary Shea Prize. Gregory is a professor of European history at the University of Notre Dame.
Related Library Resources: Martin Luther as Priest, Heretic & Outlaw

TITLE: The Reformer: How One Liberal Fought to Preempt the Russian Revolution (view on YouTube)
SPEAKER: Stephen F. Williams
EVENT DATE: 2018/02/02
RUNNING TIME: 61 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript
DESCRIPTION: Stephen F. Williams discussed his book “The Reformer: How One Liberal Fought to Preempt The Russian Revolution.” Published on the centennial of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Williams’ book traces the life of reformer Vasily Maklakov and his efforts to develop the rule of law in Russia, both in institutions and civil society, in order to limit government arbitrariness.
Speaker Biography: Judge Stephen F. Williams practiced law in New York City, then taught at the University of Colorado Law School from 1969 to 1986 before being appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Hispanic Division

TITLE: Tribute to Chilean Poet Gonzalo Rojas | Homenaje al Poeta Chileno Gonzalo Rojas (view on YouTube)
SPEAKER: Roberto Brodsky, Gonzalo Rojas-May, Gwen Kirkpatrick, Anna Deeny Morales
EVENT DATE: 2017/10/05
RUNNING TIME: 63 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript
DESCRIPTION: A tribute to the life and work of Chilean poet Gonzalo Rojas: “A Hundred Years of a Lightning Bolt.” Un tributo a la vida y obra del poeta Chileno Gonzalo Rojas: “Cien Años de un Relámpago.” In English and Español.
Speaker Biography: Roberto Brodsky is Cultural Counselor at the Embassy of Chile in Washington, DC.
Speaker Biography: Gonzalo Rojas-May is a psychologist and linguist based in Santiago, Chile.
Speaker Biography: Gwen Kirkpatrick is Professor at the Department of Spanish, Georgetown University.
Speaker Biography: Anna Deeny Morales is Literary Translator and Professor at Georgetown University.
SERIES: Hispanic Heritage Month

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 […]

New Videos Monthly, 11/21/2017

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: Marriage & Politics in 19th & 20th Century Ethiopia (view on YouTube) SPEAKER: Heran Sereke-Brhan […]

New Videos Monthly, 9/20/2017

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: Persian Manuscripts in India: Collections, Collectors & Their Future (view on YouTube) SPEAKER: Chander […]

New Videos Monthly, 8/2/2017

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: King Solomon’s Table (view on YouTube) SPEAKER: Joan Nathan EVENT DATE: 2017/05/15 RUNNING TIME: […]

New Videos Monthly, 7/15/2017

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 Poetry of Jawdat Haydar in a Transnational Framework (view on YouTube) SPEAKER: Carol […]

New Videos Monthly, 6/9/2017

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: Discovery of the Secret of the Great Pyramid & the Tomb of Tutankhamun (view on YouTube) SPEAKER: Mamdouh Eldamaty EVENT […]

4 Corners of the World Blog Launches a New Series, “New Videos Monthly”

“New Videos Monthly” is a new series that gathers in one place online videos recently made available on the Library’s website of public programs pertaining to the Library’s international collections. A post will be published every month and videos will be listed under each of the four area studies divisions respectively. To kick off the […]

The Persian Book Lecture Series on Video, an Educational Resource, Now Available Online

(The following post is by Hirad Dinavari, reference specialist for the Iranian World Collections, African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress.) In conjunction with the 2014 exhibition: “A Thousand Years of the Persian Book” at the Library of Congress, we in AMED teamed up with Roshan Persian Studies Institute at University of […]

Jewish Genealogy Lecture in Celebration of Jewish-American Heritage Month on May 16th

(The following is a post by Sharon Horowitz, Reference Librarian, Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division.) In 1882 three Blumenthal brothers, Sam, Philip and Barney, left the Duchy of Courland, today part of western Latvia, bound for the United States. Michigan became the place they called home. Initially working as traveling peddlers, the three […]