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Celebrating Poetic Freedom: Rubén Dario

(The following is a post by Juan Manuel Pérez, Reference Specialist, Hispanic Division.) Through 2016 Nicaragua and the Spanish-speaking world have been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the death of one of Latin America’s greatest poets, Félix Rubén García Sarmiento, universally known as Rubén Darío (1867-1916). His poetry ushered in a literary movement known as […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 9/23/2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, noon Book Talk: “Angel of Oblivion” by Maja Haderlap The European Division, in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Embassy of Slovenia, presents Maja Haderlap, prize-winning Austrian-Slovene novelist, poet, playwright, and translator, discussing her novel “Angel of Oblivion.” This novel is inspired by the experiences of Maja Haderlap’s family […]

Art & War: Responses to World War I in France

(This is the first 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, who interns for both the European Division and the Rare Book & Special Collections Division.) Upon hearing the term “avant-garde,” most of us probably think of […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 9/16/2016

Monday, September 19, 2016, noon – 1 p.m. Lecture: “The Thirteenth Hour: the poetry of Rivka Basman Ben-Haim, translated from the Yiddish by Zelda Kahan Newman,” a reading and discussion with the translator Rivka Basman Ben-Haim, Israeli award winning Yiddish poet, is one of the last representatives of the golden age of Yiddish poetry. As […]

Posters on the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-45 at the Asian Division, Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Yuwu Song, Reference Specialist, Asian Division.) Constituting one of the most destructive conflicts of World War II, the Sino-Japanese War (1937-45) started with the Marco Polo Bridge Incident of July 7, 1937, and ended with the surrender of Japan in August 1945. This war marked the culmination of the […]

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

Monday, September 12, 2016, noon – 1 p.m. The Discovery of Karamanlidika: Disappearing Literature, Artifacts and Cultural Heritage featuring Selenay Aytac, Associate Professor, Fulbright Scholar, Long Island University, NY, and Constantia Constantinou, Dean of University Libraries, Fulbright Scholar, Stony Brook University, NY This program is sponsored by the Near East Section of the African and […]

Before There Was 4 Corners: Previous Blogposts by the Near East Section

Between December 2015 and April 2016 when the “4 Corners of the World” blog was created, reference specialists and curators of the African and Middle Eastern Division had written a number of posts for the Library’s various blogs. A recent post, “An Ingathering of the Exiles, Digital Style: Previous Blogs from the Hebraic Section,” lists […]

The 20th Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture, 25 Years of the Dadian Bequest, and the 25th Anniversary of the Armenian Republic to Be Celebrated

In many ways the Armenian collections and programs at the Library of Congress will forever be intertwined with the name Dadian. Interest in the countries of the Middle East grew following the end of World War II, and that interest led to the creation of the Near East Section of the Library of Congress in […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 8/26/2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Information for Researchers: Using the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Reading Room The staff of the African and Middle Eastern Division is offering a research orientation, “Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts, Inscribed Fabrics, and Silver (1321 AD – 1915 AD) at the Library of Congress.” After […]