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Love Songs from the Middle East: A Valentine’s Day Celebrated with Poems from the Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish Collections

Poetry was the theme of a special program, “Love Songs from the Middle East: A Valentine’s Day Extravaganza with Poems from the Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish,” held in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room of the Library of Congress. Through dramatic readings, the division’s very own area specialists journeyed with their audience […]

The Art of Reading Runes

(The following is a post by Taru Spiegel, Reference Specialist, European Division.) Many students in today’s globalized world learn more than one script in order to prepare for the future. However, not too many immerse themselves in writing systems of the past. Things were different for 19th-century school children in Sweden. Claës Johan Ljungström’s “Rúna-list, […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 2/24/2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 6:45 p.m. (ET) Offsite Event: 150 Years of Rubén Darío To commemorate 150 years since the birth of Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío, professors Gwen Kirkpatrick (Georgetown University) and Alba Aragón (Bridgewater State University) together with Nicaraguan poet Milagros Terán will discuss Darío’s historical and literary legacy. Presented by the Embassy of […]

Rabindranath Tagore: A Great Indian Poet and Writer

(The following is a post by Nuzhat Khatoon, South Asia Specialist, Asian Division.) My Recollections of Rabindranath Tagore’s Works My main recollection of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) lies not in his poetry, music, dramas, novels, or paintings, but rather with his “Jana Gana Mana” (Thou Art the Ruler of the Minds of All People), India’s national […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 2/17/2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, noon – 1 p.m. (ET) Lecture: Islamic Architecture and Its Relevance to Human Daily Needs by Dr. Heba Abdelnabi, University of Alexandria, Egypt The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress and the Egyptian Embassy, Cultural and Educational Affairs Office invite you to […]

Africana Historic Postcard Collection

(The following is a post by Angel D. Batiste, Area Specialist, African and Middle Eastern Division.) After European powers met at the event called the Berlin Conference in 1884-85 to negotiate and formalize claims to African territory, nations in Africa faced European imperialist conquest and eventual colonization. By 1900 most of the entire African continent, […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 2/10/2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 11 a.m.  (ET) 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. – noon. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification […]

Purgatories of Broken Dreams: Bob Dylan´s and Don Quixote´s Desolation Row

(The following is a guest post by Hernán S. M. De Pinillos, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Maryland.) The American filmmaker Martin Scorsese wrote recently in his autobiography, “Scorsese on Scorsese, “I read ‘Don Quixote’ just before starting ‘Gangs of New York,’ and discovered that everything you might want to do […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 2/3/2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 11 a.m. (ET) 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. – noon. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification […]

19th-Century Slovenian Primers and Readers

(The following is a post by Helen Fedor, Reference Specialist, European Division.) Slovenian children in the 19th-century commonly learned to read using primers, or ABC-books, and then graduated to readers — books composed specially for practice in reading gradually-more-difficult texts. Texts for readers are selected, or written, for a specific level of reading ability, and […]