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Thursday, December 13, 2012
The African and Middle Eastern Division Of the Library of Congress presented
as part of the lecture series "Highlights from the Collections of the African and Middle Eastern Division"
The Somali Collections at the Library of Congress
with Abdulahi Ahmed of the African and Middle Eastern Division
View a Webcast of this Program

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division and the Center for the Book, of The Library of Congress
presented a panel discussion and display in celebration of the publication
Perspectives on the Hebraic Book: The Myron M. Weinstein Memorial Lectures at the Library of Congress

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division,
The Library of Congress presented an illustrated lecture by
 Susan Beilby Magee about her new book on Holocaust survivor Kalman Aron
Into the Light: The Healing Art of Kalman Aron
View a Webcast of this Program

Monday, December 3, 2012
The African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress presented
two films from East Africa in observance of World Aids Day (Saturday, December 1, 2012)
"The Mseyas (Tanzania/Spain, 2005)" and "Miss HIV (Uganda/Botswana, 2006)"

Thursday, November 29, 2012
The African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress presented
a lecture and book signing: “Wildlife Heroes”
by Jeffrey Flocken, D.C. Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
View a Webcast of this Program

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, and the European Division
of the Library of Congress presented Ellen Cassedy discussing her new book
We are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust
View a Webcast of this Program

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division and the European Division, The Library of Congress
invited you to join writer Julija Šukys for a reading from, and a discussion of her new book
Epistolophilia:  Writing the Life of Ona  Šimaitė The Life of a Vilna Ghetto Rescuer: Reading, Writing, Remembering.

Monday, November 19, 2012
The Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division, the Library of Congress, in cooperation with the
District of Columbia Jewish Community Center presented an illustrated lecture by artist and calligrapher,
Debra Band on the publication of her new book: Arise! Arise! Deborah, Ruth and Hannah
View a Webcast of this Program

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The African Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
in partnership with The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area
presented Building and Preserving the Cultural Heritage of The New Republic of South Sudan
with featured speakers: John Bul Dau, Founder, John Dau Foundation,
Abioye Oyewole, Co-Chair African Affairs Committee, UN Association-National Capital Area;
Angel Batiste, Area Specialist, LC African and Middle Eastern Division
Hanibal Goitom, Foreign Law Specialist, Law Library of Congress and
Marieta Harper, Area Specialist, LC African and Middle Eastern Division
View a Webcast of this Program

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Library Services/Acquisitions & Bibliographic Access Directorate and the Hebraic Section,
African-Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress and the Embassy of Israel
invited you to a lecture by renowned Israeli artist Domy Reiter-Soffer

Friday, November 9, 2012

As part of the "Conversations with African Poets and Writers Series." The African and Middle Eastern Division,
and Poetry and Literature Center of the Library of Congress in partnership with
The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa invited you to a reading and book signing with
Tijan Momodou Sallah, Gambian Writer, Poet and Economist

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
As part of the "Conversations with African Poets and Writers Series." The African and Middle Eastern Division,
and Poetry and Literature Center of the Library of Congress presented
Kenyan storyteller and poet Anna Mwalagho.
View a Webcast of this Program

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, and the Prints and Photographs
Division, The Library of Congress presented an illustrated lecture
The Fabric of America through the Art of Arthur Szyk by Irvin Ungar, Curator of The Arthur Szyk Society
View a Webcast of this Program

Monday, November 5, 2012
The Office of Scholarly Programs Poetry and Literature Center
and the Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
presented 100 Years of Hebrew Poetry. Poet and anthologist Peter Cole will read
from his poems and discuss the history of Hebrew poetry.
View a Webcast of this Program

Friday, November 2, 2012
The African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress and Africa Access
presented a lecture and book signing with Sarah Markes,
Illustrator and Compiler of the newly-published: "Street Level "
View a Webcast of this Program

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Curator Peggy Pearlstein discussed the Passover Haggadah in the
"Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica at the Library of Congress, 1912-2012" exhibition.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
presented a lecture by Dr. Emile Schrijver, Curator of the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, University of Amsterdam
on The Jewish Book since the Invention of Printing
View a Webcast of this Program

Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Library is celebrating the centennial of its Hebraic Collection with an exhibition titled “Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica at the Library of Congress, 1912-2012.” The exhibition will be on view 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, from Oct. 25, 2012, through March 16, 2013, in the South Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C
View the Press Release here.

Friday, October 5, 2012
The African Section, African & Middle Eastern Division; The Library of Congress
and The Library of Congress Organization of Employees with Disabilities
In Recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month
invited you to a lecture “Disability Awareness in South Africa: Lessons from UNISA” 
with Dr. Mbambo-Thata, Executive Director, Library Services, University of South Africa (UNISA)
View a Webcast of this Program

Thursday, October 4, 2012
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress presented
“When Grandmother Went to Baghdad: Jeff Page Shares the Story of His Grandmother
and Her Time in Baghdad" (1925–1927)
by Jeffery Page, CFO, The Library of Congress

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress presented
Resurrecting the Ancient Library of Alexandria:
A Mega Project of Major Cultural and Historical Significance

by Hassan M. Eltaher, BA, MBA, Adjunct Lecturer, Canadian Foreign Service Institute
View a Webcast of this Program

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The African Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress presented
Africans, African-Americans and Germany: The Pluralistic and Multifaceted Presence of Africa in Germany
with visiting Fulbright Scholar, Maguéye Kassé, Associate Professor of German Literature and Language,
Cheikh Anta Diop University – Dakar, Senegal

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
As part of the Conversations with African Poets and Writer Series, The African and Middle Eastern Division,
The Center for the Book,and the Poetry and Literature Center of the Library of Congress and the Africa Society for
the National Summit on Africa presented Mandlakayise C. Matyumza, The Executive Director of the Centre for
the Book, a unit of the National Library of South Africa in Capetown, South Africa.
View a Webcast of this Program

Friday, September 21, 2012
The Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division The Library of Congress
invited you to a presentation "Who are the Copts?
with Guest Speaker, Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church, United Kingdom
View a Webcast of this Program

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
invited you to a lecture and book signing by Hanan  K.  Munayyer,
President, Palestinian Heritage Foundation And author, researcher and lecturer on Palestinian textile arts for over 20 years
The Origins of Traditional Palestinian Costumes and Embroidery
View a Webcast of this Program

September 6-7, 2012
The American Folklife Center in collaboration with the Hebraic Section of the
African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress presented a Symposium
The Stations That Spoke Your Language: Radio and the Yiddish American Cultural Renaissance
View a Webcast of this Program
(Day 1) (Day 2, Morning) (Day 2, Afternoon)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
presented as part of the new lecture series "Highlights from the Collections of the African and Middle Eastern Division"
The Growth of a Squiggly Letter Language Collection: Armenian at the Library of Congress
A Talk by Levon Avdoyan Armenian and Georgian Area Specialist
View a Webcast of this Program

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
As the start of a new lecture series, "Highlights from the Collections
of the African and Middle Eastern Division"

Ann Brener, Area Specialist for the Hebraic Section presented a lecture
"From Spanish Court to Ottoman Palace: Sixteenth Century Hebrew Books at the Library of Congress.
View a Webcast of this Program

Thursday, July 19, 2012
The Near East Section of the The African Middle Eastern Division, The Library Of Congress
invited you to a lecture and book signing by Dr. Mehdi Aminrazavi,
Professor of Philosophy and Religion, University of Mary Washington
"Reading Omar Khayyam's Ruba'iyyat within Their Historical Context”
View a Webcast of this Program

Monday, June 25, 2012
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
presented Professor Victor Avigdor Hurowitz, Professor of Bible and Near Eastern Studies,
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel, on the subject of:
Heaven on Earth: A Tour of Solomon’s Temple Through Ancient Near Eastern Eyes
View a Webcast of this Program

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division,and the Kluge Center
of The Library of Congress, and The Zaidan Foundation presented a Symposium.
Jurji Zaidan: His Contributions to Modern Arab Thought and Literature
View a Webcast of this Program (Morning Session)
View a Webcast of this Program (Afternoon Session)

Thursday, May 24, 2012
The African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress
invited you to a Lecture by Professor Antoinette Tidjani Alou
The Secret Faces of Women from the Nigerien Sahel:
Agency, Influence and  Contemporary Challenges

View a Webcast of this Program

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The African Section of The African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
invited you to a talk "Living Treasures: African Elephants and Shared Responsibilities" by
Julius Kipng'etich, Director of the Kenya Wildlife Service
View a Webcast of this Program

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Near East Section of The African Middle Eastern Division At The Library Of Congress
invited you to an AMED Spring Nowruz Series Lecture by Jane Lewisohn,
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Speaking on the Golha Project
View a Webcast of this Program

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division The Library of Congress
invited you to a presentation by Guest Speaker Dr. Wagdi Zeid,
Professor of Drama and Playwright, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
presenting The Last Pharaoh: a Dream for the World
View a Webcast of this Program

Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress
invited you to a presentation by documentary filmaker Tewodros Fekadu
"No One's Son"
View a Webcast of this Program

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
In Celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, The Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division,
The Library of Congress presented a lecture by Edna Nahshon, Professor of Hebrew and Theater at
The Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, and editor of the newly published book of collected essays:
Jews and Theater in an Intercultural Context
View a Webcast of this Program

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Conversations with African Poets and Writers Series
The Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division and Poetry and Literature Center
in partnership with The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa
invited you to a Reading and Book Signing with Award-winning Nigerian Novelist Helon Habila
The author will read excerpts from his novel “Oil On Water” and discuss his new anthology
"The Granta Book of the African Short Story"
View a Webcast of this Program

Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division and the European Division, Library of Congress
presented Author Mark Klempner discussing his new book
The Heart has Reasons: Holocaust Rescuers and their Stories of Courage
View a Webcast of this Program

Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, the Library of Congress
invited you to The 16th Annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture and The opening of the exhibition
"To Know Wisdom and Instruction: The Armenian Literary Tradition at the Library of Congress"
and a presentation by Kevork Bardakjian of the University of Michigan, Scribes, Compositors and the Mind in the Making:
the Armenian Script and the Creation of an Armenian Literary Identity

and Levon Avdoyan of the Library of Congress, The Continuity and Change of an Armenian
Identity in the Digital Age

View a Webcast of this Program

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division and
The European Division, The Library of Congress
presented Professor Daniel B. Schwartz, George Washington University
discussing his new book, The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image
View a Webcast of this Program

Thursday, April 5, 2012
The Near East Section of The African Middle Eastern Division at The Library Of Congress
invited you to a lecture and book signing as part of the AMED Annual Nowruz Events Series,
Dr. Rudi Matthee, John and Dorothy Munroe Professor of Middle Eastern History, The University of Delaware
spoke on his new book Persia in Crisis: Safavid Decline and the Fall of Isfahan
View a Webcast of this Program

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The African & Middle Eastern Division, The Hispanic Division and the Poetry & Literature Center,
Library of Congress and the Africa Society for the National Summit on Africa and Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain
presented prominent writer and journalist from the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Donato Ndongo
as part of the Conversations with African Poets and Writers Series
View a Webcast of this Program

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The African & Middle Eastern Division , The Poetry & Literature Center, Library of Congress
and the Africa Society for the National Summit on Africa presented Poet Laureate of the Republic
of South Africa, Keorapetse Kgositsile as part of the
Conversations with African Poets and Writers Series
View a Webcast of this Program

March 27, 2012
In Celebration of Women’s History Month 2012, The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division,
The Library of Congress presented A Concert of Ladino Music: with Flory Jagoda
In Performance with Tiffani Ferrantelli and Zhenya Tochenaya

View a Webcast of this Program

March 22, 2012
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress
invited you to a presentation by Visiting Professor Hailu Habtu, African Studies and Research Center, Cornell University
A Momentous One Hundred Years, Ancient Ethiopia: 520-620 A.D.
View a Webcast of this Program

March 21, 2012
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division
and The Law Library, Library of Congress invited you to a presentation by
Professor Katherine Aron-Beller about her new book
Jews on Trial: The Papal Inquisition in Modena, 1598 - 1638
View a Webcast of this Program

March 6, 2012
In Celebration of Women's History Month 2012
The Hebraic section, African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress presented :
In the Classical Mode: Israeli Women Composers, Shulamit Ran, Betty Olivero and Chaya Czernowin
by Ronit Seter
View a Webcast of this Program

February 29, 2012
The Africa Globalism Committee of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the African and Middle East Division of Library of Congress held a special screening of the movie “BLACK NOVEMBER: THE STRUGGLE OF THE NIGER DELTA.”
This two hour feature film is the work of Nigerian born Film Maker M. Jeta Amata.

February 28, 2012
A program to celebrate African American History Month
sponsored by the Rare Book and Special Collections Division
The African and Middle Eastern Division and Humanties and Social Sciences Division
A Preview of a Documentary Film in Process "The Rosenwald Schools"
by the documentary film maker Aviva Kempner.

February 28, 2012
In honor of African American History Month, The African Section,
African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress
invited you to a lecture"Growing Up Gullah" South Carolina\Maryland
with guest lecturer Dorothy Browner-Hubler
View a Webcast of this Program

February 24, 2012
Jerusalem: A Photographic Journey
Nawal A. Kawar and John F. Buydos, reference librarians at the Library of Congress, presented a brief history of Jerusalem illustrated with photos and slides.
View a Webcast of this Program

February 16, 2012
The Humanities and Social Studies Division and the African and Middle Eastern Division
of the Library of Congress presented a book talk by Author Jonathan Lyons on his new book,
"Islam Through Western Eyes: From the Crusades to the War on Terrorism"
View a Webcast of this Program


 

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