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Past Events:
2016

 

Friday, November 18, 2016
The African and Middle Eastern Division and The Poetry and Literature Center of The Library of Congress
in partnership with Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa presented "Conversations with African Poets and Writers" featuring Ghanaian writer Kwame Dawes.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress
presented Israeli Artist Avner Moriah discussing his journey through the Bible
"From Text to Image: Illumination as Visual Commentary"

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress
and The Middle East Institute presented Dr. Rana Al Kadi speaking on
"In Pursuit of Heritage: Tracing Early Elements of Islamic Architecture

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
presented Author Harry D. Boonin speaking on his new book, "Never Tell A Boy Not To Fight"

Monday, November 14, 2016
The Near East Section of the African and Middle East Division of The Library of Congress
presented The Gaza Kitchen:  A Palestinian Culinary Journey
featuring co-authors Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt 

Wednesday, November 9,2016
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress
& Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland presented a lecture
by Dr. Hamid Dabashi, Persophilia: Persian Culture on the Global Scene

Friday, November 4, 2016
The African and Middle Eastern Division and The Poetry and Literature Center of The Library of Congress
in partnership with Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, IWP at the University of Iowa and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State presented "Conversations with African Poets and Writers" featuring Mauritian writer Shenaz Patel

October 27, 2016
The African Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
presented a lecture "Ritual Archives" with Toyin Omoyeni Falola, Nigerian Historian and Professor
of African Studies, Holder of the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities,
The University of Texas-Austin

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress
& Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland presented
The Return of the Masters: Connections, Contestations, and the Redrawing of Persian Literary History
with Dr. Kevin Schwartz, Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
in cooperation with the Jewish Studies Program, American University and the Judaic Studies
Program, George Washington University, presented
Ittai Joseph Tamari, Ph.D., Director, Central Archives for Research on the History of the Jews in Germany
talking about "From Manuscript to Printed Text: The Transformation of the Talmud."

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress
& Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland presented
Isfahan to Irvine a documentary film screening with Hossein Omoumi

Thursday, October 13, 2016
The African Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
presented a lecture with Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso, Babcock University, Illisan-Remo, Ogun State,Nigeria,
Reintegration of Refugee Women in Post-conflict Liberia

Thursday, September 22, 2016
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division,The Library of Congress
presented Keith Bowers, writer and former BBC executive producer
discussing his new book: "Imperial Exile Emperor Haile Selassie in Britain 1936-40"

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
The Near East Section of The African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
invited you to The 20th Annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture
In Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Republic of Armenia featuring
Christina Maranci, Arthur H. Dadian and Ara T. Oztemel Associate Professor of Armenian Art Tufts University
A World Monument: Zvart‘nots‘, Armenia, and the Wars of the Seventh Century”

Monday, September 19, 2016
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Easter Division and The Hebrew Language Table of the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel presented "The Thirteenth Hour"
The poetry of Rivka Basman Ben-Haim, translated from the Yiddish by Zelda Kahan Newman

Thursday, September 15, 2016
The Hebraic Section of the African and MIddle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress presented
Hebrew Printing in Arab and Islamic Lands featuring Brad Sabin Hill, Former Curator,
The I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection George Washington University Libraries,

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress &
Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland presented with
the generous support of the Aftab Committee, Mehdi Saeedi, Persian Designer & Visual Artist
"Evolution of Persian Calligraphy"

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Monday, September 12, 2016
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
presented 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

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress presented:
The Art of the Sabbath: An Illustrated Talk by Artist and Author Debra Band
on the publication of her new book: "Kabbalat Shabbat The Grand Unification"

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress
& Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland presented:
Gender and Dance in Modern Iran: Biopolitics on Stage featuring a lecture by Dr. Ida Meftahi
View a Webcast of this Program

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
The African Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
invited you to film show on  Peaceful Resolution of Conflict in Mali Culture
A lecture with Michael Covitt, Sabatier Group

Thursday, July 28, 2016
The American Folklife Center of The Library of Congress presents Homegrown 2016
Traditional Ethnic and Regional Music and Dance that’s “Homegrown” in communities across the United States
Co-sponsored with the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Co-sponsored with the African and Middle East Division of the Library of Congress
Rahim Alhaj Trio: Arabic music by a trio made up of an Iraqi-American, an Iranian-American and a Palestinian-American

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
The African Section of The African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
presented Giddes Chalamanda "In Appreciation for his Lifelong Contribution to Music in Malawi"
View a Webcast of this Program

Thursday, June 23, 2016
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress in cooperation with
The Hebrew Language Table presented a lecture by Yoel Finkelman, Ph.D. Judaica Curator, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem "From Bomberg to the Beit Midrash: Page Layout in Venice Hebrew Printing and the
Experience of Rabbinic Learning"

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The African Section of the African and MIddle Eastern Division and The LC Cooking Club
The Library of Congress invited you to a briefing on Azerbaijani Cookery featuring the book
Pomegranates & Saffron: A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijani

Friday, June 10, 2016
The African and Middle Eastern Division of The Library of Congress and
The Assyrian Universal Alliance – America invited you to a symposium on
The Assyrian Legacy: From Ancient Civilization to Today’s Cultural Revival

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
presented Dr. Linda Jacobs speaking on
The Double Life of Syrian Immigrants: The Arbeely Family 
View a Webcast of this Program

Thursday, June 2, 2016
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
presented a lecture by Paul Crego,of the Library of Congress
"The Orthodox Church in Georgia Since Independence"
View a Webcast of this Program

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress and
The Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland
presented Mahnaz Rezaie representing Afghan Women's Writing Project (AWWP)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The African Section of The African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
invited you to a talk and book signing by Former Assistant Secretary of State, Herman J. Cohen on his book
The Mind of the African Strongman: Conversations with Dictators, Statesmen and Father Figures
View a Webcast of this Program

Monday, May 16, 2016
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress and The Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, and The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington in celebration of Jewish-American Heritage Month presented a lecture by Dr. Janette Silverman
“The Blumenthals of the upper-Lower Peninsula of Michigan”

Thursday, May 5, 2016
The Near East Section of The African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
and The Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland
presented Dr. Fred Starr, speaking on his book
Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane
View a Webcast of this Program

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
The Hebraic Section of The African and Middle Eastern Division of The Library of Congress
presented Author Mark Glickman speaking about his new book
"Stolen Words: The Nazi Plunder of Jewish Books"
View a Webcast of this Program

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
The African Section of The African and Middle Eastern Division of The Library of Congress
sponsored a talk, “African Studies Collections in Europe" featuring
Jos Damen, Head of the African Studies Centre Library and ICT Dept. Leiden University, The Netherlands

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The African Section of The African and Middle East Division, The Library of Congress
presented a lecture on the National Museum of African Art online exhibition “Sailors and Daughters:
Early Photography and the Indian Ocean”
by Erin Haney, PhD
View a Webcast of this Program

Friday, April 22, 2016
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division co-sponsored with
The American Folklife Center, The Library of Congress presented a lecture by Jason Hamacher
Lost Origin Productions "Witness, Aleppo: Armenian, Assyrian, and
Arab Music, Stories, and Images from Pre-war Syria"
View a Webcast of this Program

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The Near East Section of The African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress and
The Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland presented
Children's Song Writer The Life and Work of Abbas Yamini Sharif In Persian with English subtitles
followed by Q & A on Children's Literature with Homan Yamini Sharif, Producer
View a Webcast of this Program

Thursday, April 7, 2016
The Near East Section of The African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
presented a lecture by Guy Burak, Middle Eastern and Islamic Librarian
"The Sultan's Gift: Book Diplomacy in the Early Hamidian Period
View a Webcast of this Program

March 31, 2016
Afghan Women's Poems Inspire
Mahnaz Rezaie represented the Afghan Women's Writing Project (AWWP) during a conversation where poetry and visual art was shared. Part of the Persian Book Lecture Series, presented in collaboration with the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland.
View a Webcast of this Program

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The Near East Section of The African and Middle Eastern Division of The Library of Congress
presented “Analysis and Curation of the American Travelers’ Visual Documents of 1870-1936 on Central Asian Nomadic Culture" featuring Saule Satayeva, Vice Director of the Kazakh Central State Archive.
View a Webcast of this Program

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
presented The Persian Book Lecture Series Focus 2016: Literature & Performing Arts
featuring Fatemeh Keshavarz speaking on her new book
“Lyrics of Life: Sa’di on Love Cosmopolitanism and Care of Self”
View a Webcast of this Program

Monday, March 21, 2016
The Hebraic Section of The African and Middle Eastern Division and The European Division of
The Library of Congress presented Edward David Luft speaking about his book
The Jews of Posen Province in the  Nineteenth Century

View a Webcast of this Program

Monday, March 14, 2016
The African and Middle Eastern Division and The Poetry and Literature Center of The Library of Congress
in partnership with Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa,and The Caine Prize for African Writing presented Conversations with African Poets and Writers featuring Zambian writer Namwali Serpell
View a Webcast of this Program

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of The Library of Congress
presented “Muslimism in Turkey and beyond: Religion in the Modern World"
With a special focus on women in celebration of Women’s History Month featuring Dr. Neslihan Cevik Author, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture,University of Virginia and a Turkish sociologist of religion
View a Webcast of this Program

February 16, 2016
Afghan Media Resource Center Gift to the Library of Congress
The Afghan Media Resource Center has given the Library of Congress 48 hard drives worth of audio, video and photographic footage, content and culturally unique materials on Afghanistan. These materials were presented by Haji Sayed Daud to Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao.
View a Webcast of this Program



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