Accidental American: From Proud Ethiopian to "Naturalized US-ian"
Yonnas Kefle wrote his autobiography as part of the huge Ethiopian history hitherto unknown and aspired to present it to the world. The outcome is a 630-page compendium beginning with his personal ethnological link with royalty, of his ethnic lineages, the beginning of the unity of Ethiopia continuing to the period of student rebellion in which he himself participated, and finally to the 1974...
Lesley Nneka Arimah
Lesley Nneka Arimah, Nigerian author and 2019 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, spoke about her life and work.
Arimah, Lesley Nneka
Ascending to Heaven: Ancient Churches and Monasteries of Ethiopia
Esubalew Meaza discussed his book "Ascending to Heaven: Ancient Churches and Monasteries of Ethiopia," a resource to the study of the arts, art history and treasures of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Meaza used the Library's Marilyn Heldman Archives of Ethiopian Church Art and other Library Ethiopian Orthodox Church collections in his research.
The Accidental Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater
Alyssa Quint focuses on the early years of the modern Yiddish theater through the works of one of its best-known and most colorful figures, Avrom Goldfaden (1840-1908). Goldfaden was one of the first playwrights to stage a commercially viable Yiddish-language theater and his plays were performed frequently for Jewish audiences. Quint uses Goldfaden's theatrical works as a way to understand the social life of...
A Glimpse of Archeology & Preservation in the Kingdom of Bahrain
Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa spoke about the cultural strategy in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the challenges of building a sustainable cultural infrastructure and promoting cultural tourism. She elaborated in particular on her "Investing in Culture" initiative, an active partnership between private and public sectors unprecedented in the region.
Al Khalifa, Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed
Writer, poet and activist Kadija Sesay discusses her life and work.
Persian Language Rare Materials Digitization Project
This two-panel program on the Persian Language Rare Materials Digitization Project offers conversations with experts and library specialists focusing on how Persian manuscripts contribute to the study of language, literature, culture and art history, and how the Library of Congress digitizes unique collections and utilizes digital content for outreach and education.
Deeb, Mary Jane - Ohanyan, Tamera - Hoh, Anchi - Sergi, Domenico - Reser, David - Rieger, Thomas - Khan, Yasmeen - Dinavari, Hirad - Potter, Lee Ann - Keshavarz, Fatemah - Landau, Amy - Weeks, Joan - Chyet, Michael
An Evening with Ngūgĩ wa Thiong'o
Award-winning author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o presented his recently released publication, "Minutes of Glory And Other Stories." Local high school students read excerpts from his works in Gikuyu and English.
Author Makena Onjerika
Kenyan writer Makena Onjerika spoke about her life and work. The event was co-sponsored by the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, the Caine Prize for African Writing, the Center for African Studies at Howard University, the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice and the Department of English at Georgetown University.
Ottoman Princess Brides
Betül Basaran discussed Ottoman princess brides, Princess Niloufer in Hyderabad and a visual journey of exile.
Conversation on the Omar Ibn Said Collection
Scholars discussed the autobiography of Omar Ibn Said, the only known autobiography by a slave written in Arabic in the United States. It is a historically unique and important primary source for those trying to understand the connections between the Muslim communities in Western Africa and the slaves who continued to practice Islamic faith after being captured during the Atlantic slave trade.
Alryyes, Ala - Diouf, Sylviane A. - Rothman, Adam - Deeb, Mary Jane
Israel's Theatrical Scene: Welcome to Theaterland
Renowned Israeli actor Roy Horovitz discussed Israeli theatre, speaking directly to the experience of his recent staging of "The Timekeepers," a play which explores themes of homosexuality during the Holocaust.
Preserving Omar Ibn Said's Words: A Slave Narrative
The Library has preserved, digitized and made facsimile copies of "The Life of Omar Ibn Said," the only known extant narrative written in Arabic by an enslaved person in the United States. In 1831, Omar Ibn Said, a wealthy and highly educated man who was captured in West Africa and brought to the United States as a slave, wrote a 15-page autobiography describing his...
Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope
Irene Hasenberg Butter, child Holocaust survivor and professor emerita of public health at the University of Michigan, will speak about her experiences during World War II as recounted in her book, "Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope." She appeared with her co-authors, Kris Holloway and John Bidwell. The event was cosponsored with the Rabin Chair Forum at George Washington University in commemoration of...
Holloway, Kris - Bidwell, John - Butter, Irene Hasenberg
Gratitude in Low Voices: Dawit Gebremichael Habte
"Gratitude in Low Voices: A Memoir" documents a long, complicated journey of the author Dawit Gebremichael Habte from his homeland of Eritrea through Ethiopia, Kenya and finally to the United States. The memoir recreates the experience of so many who immigrated to the U.S. from their own countries. Habte is such a skilled writer that he has managed to capture the initial dire situation...
Habte, Dawit Gebremichael
Historical Atlas of Hasidism
Marcin Wodzinski discussed his cartographic reference book on one of the modern era's most important Jewish mystical, social and religious movements, Hasidism, which developed in Eastern Europe.