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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 7/22/2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, noon – 1 p.m. Research Orientation on Databases for Contemporary China Studies Yuwu Song and Jeffrey Wang, Reference Specialists, Asian Division This research orientation is hosted by the Asian Division. Free and open to the public. No registration is required. Space limited to 21 participants. Location: Room LA-151, Adams Building, Library […]

Remembering Gregory Rabassa, 1922-2016

(The following is a post by Georgette Dorn, Chief, Hispanic Division.) The world lost one of the great, if not the greatest, translator of Spanish and Portuguese literature into English and thus into the English-speaking world, when Gregory Rabassa passed away at the age of 94 on June 13, 2016 in Branford, CT. Nobel laureate […]

Brazil’s Popular Groups Collection: Primary Resources from Grassroots Movements

(The following is a post by Talía Guzmán-González, Reference Librarian, Hispanic Division.) Since 1966 the Library of Congress’ overseas office in Rio de Janeiro has been collecting publications by civic grassroots and political organizations, government agencies and NGOs in an effort to document Brazilian social movements and provide primary resources to researchers. This collection of […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 7/15/2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 1 p.m. The European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Slovenia, presents Michael Biggins discussing his most recent translation, Lojze Kovačič’s Newcomers. Newcomers (Prišleki, in Slovenian) is often regarded as one of the most important Slovenian novels of the 20th century, and has been translated into several languages. It provides […]

Bastille Day, July 14th

(The following is a post by Erika Spencer, Reference Specialist for France, European Division.) Many Americans view the month of July as a time to celebrate America’s Declaration of Independence and subsequent victory over the British. But July also marks the French national holiday, known as Bastille Day, which is celebrated on July 14. Not […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 7/9/2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 11:00 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 11:00 a.m. – noon. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification Card […]

A Newly Acquired Tibetan Kanjur: The Dragon Tripitaka

(The following is a post by Susan Meinheit, Reference Specialist for Tibet, Asian Division) A very attractive task it is to pursue the gradual growth of the Kanjur and Tanjur through the course of many centuries, and to establish the chronology of the translations. (Berthold Laufer, “Notices of Books,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, […]

Waymarks of Benefits in the Library of Congress Collections

(The following is a post by Muhannad Salhi, Arab World Specialist, African and Middle Eastern Division.) While famed for its splendid illuminated illustrations of Islamic holy sites including Mecca, Medina, the Ka’bah and the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary), the uniqueness and significance of Muhammad ibn Sulayman al-Jazuli’s “Dalā‘il al-Khayrāt wa-Shawāriq al-Anwār fī Dhikr al-Ṣalāt ‘alà […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 7/1/2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016, noon – 1 p.m. The African and Middle Eastern Division Presents Giddes Chalamanda in Appreciation for His Lifelong Contribution to Music in Malawi Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC. Metro stop: Capitol South Event free and open to all. Please allow time to […]

The Rivers Sing to the Emperor: A Hebrew Poem of Victory for Joseph II

(The following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic area specialist in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division.) The occasion was apparently too good to miss. After a 3-week siege that ended on October 8, 1789, the armies of Joseph II, Emperor of Habsburg Austria, wrested the stronghold of Belgrade from Ottoman hands and […]