Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, an African Prince Enslaved in the American South Watch the creators of "Prince Among Slaves" (Best Documentary American Black Film Festival, 2008) for a special Juneteenth screening and discussion.
    • Contributor: Ali, Zaheer - Kronemer, Aliex - Gomez, Michael - Tutt, Daniel - Kitchiner, Lanisa - Fanusie, Fatimah
    • Date: 2022-06-17
  • Film, Video
    A Conversation with Abdulrazak Gurnah, Nobel Prize winner in Literature 2021 Join us for a conversation with Abdulrazak Gurnah, Tanzanian-born novelist and academic, and also the Nobel Prize winner in Literature 2021. Administered by the African Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED), the Conversations with African Poets and Writers series presents interviews with current African diaspora writers committed to the literature of continental and diasporic Africa and readings from their written works....
    • Contributor: Kitchiner, Lanisa - Gurnah, Abdulrazak
    • Date: 2022-05-25
  • Film, Video
    A Conversation with Peter Balakian The Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture series was created soon after Mrs. Dadian's bequest (1991) to the Library for the health and maintenance of the Armenian collections and is one of the longest running lecture series in the Library. For the 2022 iteration of the series, the Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division proposes a poetry reading and discussion on erasure,...
    • Contributor: Balakian, Peter - Mouradian, Khachador - Kitchiner, Lanisa
    • Date: 2022-05-16
  • Film, Video
    Damon Galgut, Winner of the 2021 Booker Prize Watch a conversation with South African novelist and playwright Damon Galgut in celebration of Africa Month. Galgut won the 2021 Booker Prize for his ninth novel "The Promise," a fictional account of a white South African family living on a farm outside Pretoria during the waning days of apartheid. Using humor to broach difficult subjects, the novel was praised by the Booker Prize judges...
    • Contributor: Galgut, Damon - Kitchiner, Lanisa
    • Date: 2022-05-12
  • Film, Video
    A Conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Join us for an interview with award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for the Conversations with African Poets and Writers Series. Through this series we have introduced the Library's rich resources on African studies to a broad but targeted audience, as well as a treasure trove of archives of interviews with leading thinkers and writers in this subject field.
    • Contributor: Ngozi Adichie, Chimamanda - Kitchiner, Lanisa
    • Date: 2022-05-05
  • Film, Video
    Repatriates, Recaptives and African Abolitionists: The Untold Story of Liberia's Founding in 1822 C. Patrick Burrowes, Ph. D. was born in Liberia and he is called "the people's professor" because of his willingness to share his deep knowledge of Liberian history freely with others. Before returning to Liberia in 2017, he was a tenured professor of communications and humanities at Penn State University. Recently, in August 2021, he uncovered a handwritten document missing since 1835, that sheds...
    • Contributor: Page, Laverne - Miner, Edward - Patrick Burrowes, Carl
    • Date: 2022-02-09
  • Film, Video
    Navigating Society: Challenges and Female Agency in Africana Children's Literature Join the Library of Congress for a panel discussion that explores representations of female agency in new Africana children's literature, featuring authors Tricia Elam Walker (Nana Akua goes to School), Aya Khalil (The Arabic Quilt) and Ekiuwa Aire (Idia of the Benin Kingdom).
    • Contributor: Page, Laverne - Walker, Tricia Elam - Khalil, Aya - Miner, Edward - Aire, Ekiuwa - Lugano, Rose Sau
    • Date: 2021-11-04
  • Film, Video
    New Technologies for Ancient Hebrew Texts New Technologies for Ancient Hebrew Texts 2021 Junior Fellow Shlomit Menashe increased the discoverability of 1,200 uncatalogued Hebrew prayer books by creating a detailed spreadsheet of information transformable into ILS records for the Library's online catalog. During the course of her work with prayer books from just about every corner of the world, Shlomit came across a Hebrew prayer book printed in 1823 in...
    • Contributor: Menashe, Shlomit
    • Date: 2021-07-21
  • Film, Video
    African Section Poster Collection The African Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress holds a rich and vast collection of pamphlets and posters amassed over the last six decades from across Sub-Saharan Africa. The division's pamphlet collection, including ephemera such as non-published materials, documents, government reports, press clippings, calendars, postcards, and memorabilia from elections and various campaigns on the African continent, was...
    • Contributor: Lieber, Talia
    • Date: 2021-07-21
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Irenosen Iseghohi-Okojie Nigerian-born short story writer and novelist Irenosen Iseghohi-Okojie discusses her work as "weird experimental fiction" rooted in but pushing the boundaries of African diasporic literature. Her recently published short story "Grace Jones," winner of the 2020 AKO Caine Prize, follows the journey through grief of a young émigré from Martinique in London who loses her family in a house fire and finds psychic escape...
    • Contributor: Page, Laverne - Iseghohi-Okojie, Irenosen
    • Date: 2021-05-25
  • Film, Video
    The Spirit of Nowruz: Marking the Start of Spring Filmmaker Farzin Rezaeian introduces his film, "The Spirit of Nowruz: Marking the Start of Spring," and discusses his other projects. This film is followed by a live Q&A session with the filmmaker.
    • Contributor: Rezaeian, Farzin
    • Date: 2021-03-16
  • Film, Video
    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...
    • Contributor: Kefle, Yonnas
    • Date: 2021-01-12
  • Film, Video
    African & Middle Eastern Division E-Resources Access Project 1 August Kahn, a Junior Fellow in the Library's Hebraic section, explores the story behind "Lehem Yehudah," a Hebrew book from the Library's collection that was printed and publicly burned in 16th century Venice, Italy.
    • Contributor: Khan, August
    • Date: 2020-07-01
  • Film, Video
    Lesley Nneka Arimah Lesley Nneka Arimah, Nigerian author and 2019 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, spoke about her life and work.
    • Contributor: Arimah, Lesley Nneka
    • Date: 2020-02-20
  • Film, Video
    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.
    • Contributor: Meaza, Esubalew
    • Date: 2020-01-30
  • Film, Video
    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...
    • Contributor: Quint, Alyssa
    • Date: 2019-11-21
  • Film, Video
    Construction of Knowledge in the Ancient & Islamic Medieval Periods Myriam Wyssa presented a lecture, "A Scribe with a View: the Construction of Knowledge in the Ancient and Islamic Medieval Periods."
    • Contributor: Wyssa, Myriam
    • Date: 2019-11-07
  • Film, Video
    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.
    • Contributor: Al Khalifa, Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed
    • Date: 2019-09-27
  • Film, Video
    Kadija Sesay Writer, poet and activist Kadija Sesay discusses her life and work.
    • Contributor: Sesay, Kadija George
    • Date: 2019-08-12
  • Film, Video
    The Ancient Alexandria Library Anew for the 21st Century Heba El-Rafey discussed the Bibliotheca Alexandria and its emergence into the 21st Century.
    • Contributor: El-Rafey, Heba
    • Date: 2019-07-24
  • Film, Video
    Cartographic History of Afghanistan: Early, Modern and Colonial Periods Shah Mahmoud Hanifi discussed the complexity, innovation, redundancy and contradictions in the cartographic history of modern maps of Afghanistan. He focused specifically on 18th and 19th century mapping projects that emanated from British India.
    • Contributor: Hanifi, Shah Mahmoud
    • Date: 2019-06-04
  • Film, Video
    From Tesfa to Tikva: 25 Years of Ethiopian Jews in Israel Both in photos and text, photographer Irene Fertik chronicled the story of 25 years of change and transition for Ethiopian Jews in Israel.
    • Contributor: Fertik, Irene
    • Date: 2019-06-03
  • Film, Video
    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.
    • Contributor: 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
    • Date: 2019-05-10
  • Film, Video
    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.
    • Contributor: G&itilde - Wa - Thiong'o, Ng&utilde
    • Date: 2019-05-09
  • Film, Video
    Joining the Club: A History of Jews and Yale Dan A. Oren discussed his book, "Joining the Club: A History of Jews and Yale." Co-sponsored with the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington.
    • Contributor: Oren, Dan A.
    • Date: 2019-05-06