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Keynote Presentations and Collections Display at the 11th Annual International Mongolian Studies Conference at the Library of Congress January 27, 2017

(The following is a post by Susan Meinheit, Mongolian and Tibetan Reference Specialist, Asian Division) The Asian Division recently welcomed over 80 Mongolian scholars for the keynote session of the 11th Annual International Mongolian Studies Conference. The conference is a yearly two-day event hosted by the Mongolian Cultural Association located in Falls Church, VA, and […]

Aesop’s Fables at the Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Taru Spiegel, Reference Specialist, European Division.) “Aesop’s Fables” have been known for well over two millennia, and have been published in numerous languages and various configurations. Expressions such as “sour grapes,” “birds of a feather flock together,” “familiarity breeds contempt,” and “slow and steady wins the race,” have their […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 4/14/2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017, noon – 1 p.m. (ET) Lecture: Marriage and Politics in 19th and 20th Century Ethiopia by Heran Sereke-Brhan, Ph.D., Deputy Director, DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, the Library of Congress presents “Marriage and Politics in 19th and 20th Century Ethiopia,” by Heran Sereke-Brhan, Ph.D., Deputy […]

Gathered Around the Seder Table: Images from the Passover Haggadah

(The following is a cross-post by Sharon Horowitz, reference librarian in the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division. It originally appeared on the Library of Congress blog.) Exodus 23:15 tells us that Passover should be celebrated in the spring. The rabbis understood this to mean it was their job to maintain the […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 3/31/2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017, noon – 1 p.m. (ET) Book Talk: Islam: Facts and Fictions by Dr. Chase Robinson, President and Distinguished Professor of History, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York The Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress presents Dr. Chase Robinson, President and Distinguished […]

Art & War: Les Croix de bois

(This is the second in a series featuring literary and other artistic “Responses to World War I” in the Library of Congress collections. This post is by Marianna Stell, Reference Assistant in the Rare Book & Special Collections Division.) Before the outbreak of World War I, French novelist Roland Dorgelès (1886-1973) was best known among […]