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  • The Jewish Book in America

    In the Fifth Annual Myron M. Weinstein Memorial Lecture on the Hebraic Book, the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University discussed the Jewish book in America.

    • Contributor: Sarna, Jonathan D.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2004-06-07
  • The Sufi Ritual in the New Theater

    Sudanese actor and director Ali Mahdi discusses how theater, music and drama have an invaluable role in promoting dialogue and supporting peacekeeping processes.

    • Contributor: Mahdi, Ali
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-06-19
  • A Bibliographer Encounters the Muses: Reflections on the Yiddish Theater and Its Legacy

    Zachary M. Baker delivered the eighth Annual Myron M. Weinstein Memorial Lecture on the Hebraic Book as part of the Library's celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month. The lecture was titled "A Bibliographer Encounters the Muses: Reflections on the Yiddish Theater and Its Legacy." The lecture series honors Myron M. Weinstein (1927-1998), whose 29-year tenure at the Library was spent in the Hebraic Section.

    • Contributor: Baker, Zachary M.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007-05-08
  • United States-Armenian Relations, 1991-2006: A Conversation with Our First Five Ambassadors

    Ambassadors Harry J. Gilmore (1993-1995), Peter Tomsen (1995-1998), Michael C. Lemmon (1998-2001), John M. Ordway (2001-2004) and John M. Evans (2004-2007), with moderator Levon Avdoyan, the Library's Armenian and Georgian Area Specialist, converse as part of the Near East Section's 13th Annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture titled "United States-Armenian Relations, 1991-2007: A Conversation with our First Five Ambassadors."

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007-09-28
  • The Impact of Mobile Technology & Telephony in East Africa

    J. Kwabena Addo discusses how mobile technology and telephony have affected job and wealth creation in East Africa, and possible lessons for the rest of Africa.

    • Contributor: Addo, J. Kwabena
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-12
  • Jews & Magic in Medici Florence

    With work published widely in the course of his 30 years of archival research in Florence, Edward Goldberg founded the Medici Archive Project to provide worldwide public access to the historical data in the Medici Granducal Archive through a fully searchable database. Established by Grand Duke Cosimo I in 1569, the archive of the Medici Grand Dukes offers the most complete record of any ...

    • Contributor: Goldberg, Edward
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-13
  • Reading Omar Khayyam's Ruba'iyyat with Their Historical Context

    Mehdi Aminrazavi, professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Mary Washington discusses "Reading Omar Khayyam's Ruba'iyyat within Their Historical Context."

    • Contributor: Aminrazavi, Mehdi
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-07-19
  • Gift of Georgian Book

    Nikoloz Rurua, Georgian Minister of Culture, presents Librarian of Congress James H. Billington with "Contemporary Georgian Fiction," translated and edited by Elizabeth Heighway and published by Dalkey Archive Press. Heighway and Dalkey Archive Press founder John O'Brien give insight and answer questions about the gift book.

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-05-10
  • The Middle East Journal 60th Anniversary: Morning Session

    For 60 years The Middle East Journal has provided a forum for scholarship representing all viewpoints about this complex region of the world. This milestone was marked with a conference titled "No Longer 'Terra Incognita?': Six Decades of The Middle East Journal" sponsored by the Library's African and Middle Eastern Division. The conference examined how scholarship in the Middle East has evolved during the ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007-02-27
  • The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization

    The African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress is sponsoring a series of lectures on Iraq history and society. Jonathan Lyons, a researcher at the Global Terrorism Research Center at Monash University, Victoria, Australia, discussed his new book, "The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization."

    • Contributor: Lyons, Jonathan
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008-02-26
  • Report from Armenia: 2003

    John M. Ordway, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia since its declaration of independence in 1991, delivered this "Report from Armenia: 2003."

    • Contributor: Ordway, John M.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2004-01-08
  • Tunisia: Celebrating Fifty Years of Women's Emancipation

    A symposium titled "Tunisia: Celebrating Fifty Years of Women's Emancipation" was sponsored jointly by the Library's African and Middle Eastern Division and the Embassy of Tunisia. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor made a special presentation. The other speakers included Alifa Chaabane Farouk, Hayet Laouni and Mounira Charrad.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2006-11-30
  • Resurrecting the Ancient Library of Alexandria

    Hassan Eltaher discusses the considerable cultural and historical project of reviving Egypt's ancient library at Alexandria.

    • Contributor: Eltaher, Hassan M.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-10-02
  • Belly Dancers, Harems & Chadors

    Author Maha Addasi discusses the importance of getting multicultural details right in children's books.

    • Contributor: Addasi, Maha
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-03-09
  • Reflections on Armenia's Place in the Region and in the World

    Discussion of Armenia in context of current affairs: Vardanants Day event.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2002-04-22
  • The World of Persian Literary Humanism: Spreading Culture through Books

    As part of the Library's celebration of a thousand years of the Persian book, Hamid Dabashi discusses Persian literary humanism and how Persian culture was spread through books.

    • Contributor: Dabashi, Hamid
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-09-17
  • Wildlife Heroes

    A lecture by Jeffrey Flocken, whose book discusses the work of 40 top conservationists and the animals they study and protect.

    • Contributor: Flocken, Jeffrey
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-11-29
  • The Autobiography of an African Princess

    Vivian Seton spoke about the publication of her mother's memoirs. Born to an African king in colonial Sierra Leone at the beginning of the 20th century, Princess Fatima Massaquoi lived an extraordinary life that encapsulated the contradictions, upheavals and unprecedented opportunities of her time. Beginning with her lovingly recounted memories of growing up in Liberia, it follows her to Hamburg, Germany, where she pursued ...

    • Contributor: Seton, Vivian
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-05-08
  • The Iraqi Revolution: Why is it Relevant to Modern Iraq?

    Juan Romero, adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, discussed "The Iraqi Revolution: Why is it Relevant to Modern Iraq?" in a program sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern Division.

    • Contributor: Romero, Juan
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009-02-24
  • Disability Awareness in South Africa: Lessons from UNISA

    Mbambo Thata discusses disability awareness in his native South Africa.

    • Contributor: Thata, Mbambo
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-10-05
  • The Sharakan: Crown Jewel of the Armenian Liturgy

    This sound and slide presentation from the 9th annual Vardanants Day celebration features renowned pianist, composer and teacher Sahan Arzruni. He lectures on the Sharakan, the Armenian hymnal, and performs two recital pieces: Dances (1903-1916) by Komitas and Elegy (1978) by Arno Babadjanian.

    • Contributor: Arzruni, Sahan
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2001-04-16
  • I Will Wake the Dawn: Illuminated Psalms

    The Book of Psalms is probably the best-known book of the Hebrew Bible. In her new book, "I Will Wake the Dawn: Illuminated Psalms," author and artist Debra Band has selected 36 of the most well-known of the 150 psalms to interpret and illustrate. Published by the Jewish Publication Society, "I Will Wake the Dawn" contains two illuminations for each psalm on facing pages: ...

    • Contributor: Band, Debra
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008-01-17
  • Gail Twersky Reimer: Making Trouble

    As demonstrated by vaudevillian Sophie Tucker, silent film and stage star Molly Picon, Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice, stand-up comic Joan Rivers, "Saturday Night Live" performer Gilda Radner and Broadway's Wendy Wasserstein, American Jewish women comedians have made an indelible impact on the entertainment world and the times in which they lived. Each was unique in her talent but shared the joy and burden ...

    • Contributor: Twersky Reimer, Gail
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-05-26
  • Excavations in Afghanistan and Central Asia

    The Near East Section of the African Middle Eastern Division at the Library of Congress sponsored at talk by Fredrik Hiebert titled "Excavations in Afghanistan and Central Asia."

    • Contributor: Hiebert, Fred
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008-08-19
  • Turkmenistan Folk Ensemble

    This concert features the Turkmenistan Folk Ensemble performing traditional Turkmenistan music.

    • Contributor: Turkmenistan Folk Ensemble
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-11-28