February 10, 2009 Iraq History and Society Subject of New Lecture Series

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The African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress is sponsoring a series of lectures on Iraq history and society. The lectures, which are free and open to the public, will be held at noon in the African and Middle Eastern Reading Room, located in Room 220 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The series begins on Wednesday, Feb. 11, with a book talk by Ariel Sabar, author of “My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for his Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq.” On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Juan Romero will deliver the first of a two-part lecture based on research for an upcoming book. The first lecture is titled “The Iraq Monarchy: A British Experiment in Nation Building.” On Tuesday, Feb. 24, Romero, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, will deliver the second lecture, titled “The Iraq Revolution: Why is it Relevant to Modern Iraq?” Jonathan Lyons, a researcher at the Global Terrorism Research Center at Monash University, Victoria, Australia, will discuss his new book, “The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization” on Thursday, Feb. 26. The final lecture on Tuesday, March 10 will feature Michael Albin, an anthropologist with the U.S. military in Iraq and former chief of Anglo-American Acquisitions at the Library of Congress. He will deliver a slide-show presentation about his work, titled “Iraq: Rural and Urban Social Organizations.” Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its Web site at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a new, personalized Web site at myLOC.gov. The Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division (www.loc.gov/rr/amed/) is the center for the study of some 78 countries and regions from Southern Africa to the Maghreb and from the Middle East to Central Asia. The division’s Hebraic Section is one of the world’s foremost centers for the study of Hebrew and Yiddish materials.


PR 09-029
ISSN 0731-3527