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    Mission to Baghdad: Toward Rebuilding a National Library This is an interview with two Library of Congress staff members who traveled to Baghdad in November 2003. Their mission was to assist the staff of the Iraqi Library and assess the damage to its building and its collections after two fires, extensive water damage and a devastating explosion.
    • Contributor: Kresh, Diane
    • Date: 2003-11-01
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    The Jewish Book in America In the Fifth Annual Myron M. Weinstein Memorial Lecture on the Hebraic Book, the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University discussed the Jewish book in America.
    • Contributor: Sarna, Jonathan D.
    • Date: 2004-06-07
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    Reflections on Armenia's Place in the Region and in the World Discussion of Armenia in context of current affairs: Vardanants Day event.
    • Date: 2002-04-22
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    Timbuktu Manuscipts and the Efforts to Maintain the Desert The curator of the Mamma Haidara Memorial Library in Timbuktu, Mali, presented a lecture related to and illustrative of the exhibit "Ancient Manuscripts from the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu." Though known to African communities for generations, the recognition of these texts by Western academics has created a breakthrough in recent scholarship. Once believed to be based solely on oral tradition, African culture also has...
    • Contributor: Haidara, Abdel Kader
    • Date: 2003-09-03
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    British Diplomacy and the Armenian Question: 1830-1914 Arman J. Kirakossian, ambassador of the Republic of Armenia in the United States, discussed his book, "British Diplomacy and the Armenian Question: 1830-1914" (Gomidas Institute, 2003).
    • Contributor: Kirakossian, Arman J.
    • Date: 2003-10-30
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    The Art of Splendor: Islamic Luxury Goods A lecture with illustrations the author of Bazaar to Piazza: Islamic Trade and Italian Art, 1300-1600.
    • Contributor: Mack, Rosamond E.
    • Date: 2004-04-19
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    Women in Iran: Past, Present and Future Nafisi discusses the current state of women in the Islamic republic of Iran.
    • Contributor: Nafisi, Azar
    • Date: 2004-03-16
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    Report from Armenia: 2003 John M. Ordway, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia since its declaration of independence in 1991, delivered this "Report from Armenia: 2003."
    • Contributor: Ordway, John M.
    • Date: 2004-01-08
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    Jewish Women's Issues Author Susan Weidman Schneider, editor-in-chief of Lilith, discussed her experiences of more than two decades at the helm of this award-winning Jewish women's magazine.
    • Contributor: Schneider, Susan Weidman
    • Date: 2004-03-30
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    A Hidden Treasure: The Armenian Adam Epic by Arakel of Siwnik Michael E. Stone, Senior Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, presented a lecture
    • Contributor: Stone, Michael E.
    • Date: 2003-10-23
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    First Words in Print As part of "Reading Africa," sponsored by the Center for the Book and the African Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division in the Library of Congress and the children's librarians of the D.C. Public Library, Trok and Lekuton gave brief talks about their work promoting literacy in their native South Africa. In September 2004, the South African Centre's "First Words in Print"...
    • Date: 2005-02-08
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    The Royal Court Preacher and the Hebrew Book In his talk, "The Royal Court Preacher and the Hebrew Book: Early Enlightenment and Hebrew Publishing in Prussia, 1700-1750," Schmelzer examined the role of an influential figure in the Prussian court, the Christian theologian and scholar D.E. Jablonski, who founded the Hebrew press in Berlin in 1690. Schmelzer discussed Jablonski's life, work and his activities as the publisher of Hebrew books in order to...
    • Contributor: Schmelzer, Menachem
    • Date: 2004-12-07
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    Twelfth Annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture Edward Alexander, retired Foreign Service officer and author, delivered the Twelfth Annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture, "Diplomacy and the Armenian Factor." Alexander's diplomatic career began soon after the end of World War II and lasted into the late 1980s. He anecdotally narrated his dealings with Soviet, Turkish and other diplomatic staff he met on his journeys. By using his Armenian language heritage as a...
    • Date: 2005-04-28
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    Chakavak Ensemble Performs Persian Classical Music The Chakavak Ensemble showcased examples of Persian classical music at the Library of Congress's Coolidge Auditorium. Under the direction of Dr. Nader Majd, the eight member ensemble performed on traditional Iranian instruments such as the tar, kamancheh, santur, zarb,setar, as well as the violin and cello. The concert was in celebration of Nowruz (New Day) the first day of the Iranian solar year (March...
    • Date: 2005-03-29
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    The New Iraq: Memory and National Identity Part 1 A symposium, cosponsored by the Near East Section of African and Middle East Division, and the Iraq Memory Foundation, was held on Tuesday March 8, 2005. The symposium focused on the importance and the preservation of millions of documents from the Baathist archives of Iraq uncovered after the war in 2003. The keynote speaker was the Honorable 'Ala' al-Tamimi, the Mayor of Baghdad. There...
    • Date: 2005-03-08
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    Preserving Africa's Threatened Wildlife: Forest Peoples and Indigenous Knowledge Alden Almquist, anthropologist and 2003-2004 Kluge Staff Fellow, and Albert Lokasola, President of Vie Sauvage, Democratic Republic of the Congo, discussed the wildlife conservation programs in Congo's Lac Tumba and Maringa-Wamba-Lopori landscapes. This lecture was cosponsored by the African and Middle Eastern Division and the Science, Technology and Business Division.
    • Date: 2004-12-13
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    The New Iraq: Memory and National Identity Part 2 The symposium focused on the importance and the preservation of millions of documents from the Baathist archives of Iraq uncovered after the war in 2003. The keynote speaker was the Honorable `Ala' al-Tamimi, the Mayor of Baghdad. There was a slide presentation shown at the symposium which displayed photographs and art works made by Iraqis depicting the scourge of war. Kanan Makiya, the Iraqi...
    • Date: 2005-03-08
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    Haven to Home: An American Journey This live performance tells the stories of Emma Lazarus, an immigrant's daughter who became known as Lady Liberty's poet, and Irving Berlin, an immigrant who became one of America's best loved composers. The original play, commissioned by the Hebraic Section and written and directed by Roberta Gasbarre, Director of The Discovery Theater, Smithsonian Associates, explores how the values of liberty, opportunity, and religious freedom...
    • Contributor: Various
    • Date: 2004-12-06
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    A Modern Queen in a Traditional Role H.R.H. Queen of Buganda Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda presented "A Modern Queen in a Traditional Role" in a program sponsored by the African Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division. Nagginda described her work as a traditional ruler and the work of the charitable foundation she established, the Nnabagereka Development Trust.
    • Contributor: Nagginda, Nnabagereka Sylvia
    • Date: 2005-09-07
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    Tunisia: Celebrating Fifty Years of Women's Emancipation A symposium titled "Tunisia: Celebrating Fifty Years of Women's Emancipation" was sponsored jointly by the Library's African and Middle Eastern Division and the Embassy of Tunisia. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor made a special presentation. The other speakers included Alifa Chaabane Farouk, Hayet Laouni and Mounira Charrad.
    • Date: 2006-11-30
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    Tour of Leopold Sedar Senghor Exhibit in African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room The Library's African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room presents a special display of Senghor memorabilia featuring signed copies of Leopold Senghor's prolific works from the private collection of Stephen H. Grant, a retired administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
    • Contributor: Grant, Stephen
    • Date: 2006-11-07
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    Leopold Sedar Senghor: Thinker, Statesman, Poet Souleymane Bachir Diagne, professor of philosophy and religion at Northwestern University, gave a lecture titled "Leopold Sedar Senghor: Thinker, Statesman and Poet" in a program sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern Division. 2006 was the centennial year of the birth of Senghor (1906-2001), who served as Senegal's first president from 1960 to 1980. During his presidency, he set Senegal on the path toward...
    • Contributor: Diagne, Souleymane Bachir
    • Date: 2006-11-07
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    Vaclav Havel: Dissidents and Freedom Vaclav Havel conducts a forum on "Dissidents and Freedom," featuring eight dissidents and activists from around the world in a program sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center. The event included a short speech from each of the featured guests followed by a question-and-answer session. Havel also received awards from both the National Endowment for Democracy and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.
    • Date: 2007-02-20
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    The Middle East Journal 60th Anniversary: Morning Session For 60 years The Middle East Journal has provided a forum for scholarship representing all viewpoints about this complex region of the world. This milestone was marked with a conference titled "No Longer 'Terra Incognita?': Six Decades of The Middle East Journal" sponsored by the Library's African and Middle Eastern Division. The conference examined how scholarship in the Middle East has evolved during the...
    • Contributor: Various
    • Date: 2007-02-27
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    The Middle East Journal 60th Anniversary: Afternoon Session For 60 years The Middle East Journal has provided a forum for scholarship representing all viewpoints about this complex region of the world. This milestone was marked with a conference titled "No Longer 'Terra Incognita?': Six Decades of The Middle East Journal" sponsored by the Library's African and Middle Eastern Division. The conference examined how scholarship in the Middle East has evolved during the...
    • Contributor: Various
    • Date: 2007-02-27