Press Contact: Jeanne Smith (202) 707-4337
Public Contact: Christopher Murphy (202) 707-5680

April 24, 1995

Library of Congress Schedules Turkish Lecture for May 3

An internationally respected scholar of Turkish society, culture and history, Serif Mardin, will lecture on "Some Approaches to the Social Reality of Modern Turkish Intellectuals" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at the Library of Congress. The program in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the Library's Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue S.E., is part of a series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Library's Near East Section. The evening will include a discussion period and reception after the lecture.

Dr. Mardin is chairman of the Islamic Studies Program at American University and has an international reputation as an author and scholar. Of particular note are his "The Genesis of Young Ottoman Thought" (1962) and "Religion and Social Change in Modern Turkey: The Case of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi" (1989). Dr. Mardin edited "Cultural Transitions in the Middle East", in 1994.

Although the Near East Section's identity as a separate unit within the African and Middle Eastern Division dates back only to 1945, the presence of Turkish materials in the Library's collection is of much longer duration. The Near East Section's Turkish collection was begun with a gift of 402 books from the Ottoman government in 1884. The gift was arranged with the help of Rep. Abram S. Hewitt of New York. Since that time, and particularly during the last 50 years, the Library's Turkish holdings have been developed into resources that can support the highest levels of research on Turkey and the Turks.

James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, will welcome the participants to the May 3 lecture and George N. Atiyeh, head of the Near East Section for the last 27 years, will comment on the anniversary celebration. Christopher Murphy, Turkish area specialist, will describe current activities.

Parking will be available in the Madison Building garage, through its entrance on Second Street, between Independence Avenue and C Street.

Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Murphy, telephone: (202) 707-5676, fax: (202) 707-1724.

As for all Library public programs, interpreting services (American Sign Language, Contact Signing, Oral and Tactile) will be provided on request if placed six business days in advance of the lecture. Call (202) 707-6362, TTY and voice, to make a specific request. For other ADA accommodations, please contact the Disability Employment office (202) 707-9948 TTY and (202) 707-7544 voice.

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PR 95-067
ISSN 0731-3527

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