Ali, Zaheer - Kronemer, Aliex - Gomez, Michael - Tutt, Daniel - Kitchiner, Lanisa - Fanusie, Fatimah
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....
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,...
Balakian, Peter - Mouradian, Khachador - Kitchiner, Lanisa
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...
Galgut, Damon - Kitchiner, Lanisa
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.
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...
Page, Laverne - Miner, Edward - Patrick Burrowes, Carl
Page, Laverne - Walker, Tricia Elam - Khalil, Aya - Miner, Edward - Aire, Ekiuwa - Lugano, Rose Sau
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...
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...
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...
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.