Selected Library of Congress Webcasts on Ethiopia
Introducing the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (August 14, 2014) - 60 minutes
Masresha Fetene and his colleagues founded the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences in 2010 based on the belief that a strong scientific community strengthens nations by enabling citizens to address critical economic, environmental and social issues in systematic and effective ways. The primary objective of the Academy is to promote scientific culture in Ethiopia by nurturing interest and curiosity in science. The goal is to ultimately produce a scientifically and technologically literate and informed citizenry so that people can make informed and better decisions on issues that have bearing on their day-to-day lives. It also aspires to see Ethiopia at the forefront of science and technology.
The Ethiopian Orthodox Tawahido Church (July 17, 2014) - 54 minutes
Ephraim Isaac discussed his book about the history of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tawahido Church and also that of Christianity as a whole in Ethiopia. Not only are there strong Biblical Hebraic elements in the theology, political theory, and liturgical calendar of the Ethiopian Church but there is also a strong influence from Beta Israel and Ethiopian Jews. Besides these Ethiopian Jews and of course, the Orthodox Ethiopians and a few Protestant and roman Catholic Ethiopian Christians, there are in Ethiopia also very large numbers of Moslems and various native beliefs.
Following a Dream: The Beta Israel Then & Now (May 31, 2013) - 53 minutes
Nili Auerbach discussed the historical background of the Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish) community, their extraordinary journey to and rescue by the State of Israel, their acclimation to a dramatically different country, and ultimately their current progress and efforts to acquire higher education.
Maaza Mengiste (March 21, 2013) - 53 minutes
Ethiopian novelist, Maaza Mengiste, reads from her work and discusses the state of contemporary African literature on “Conversations with African Poets and Writers,” with Ethiopian Specialist, Fentahun Tiruneh.
No One's Son (May 3, 2012) - 52 minutes
Documentary filmmaker, Tewodros "Teddy" Fekadu has lived in five countries and three continents, ultimately journeying from Eritrea and Ethiopia to the Gold Coast of Australia. His life spans war, family love, the Catholic Church, homelessness, three years of detention in Japan, and finally a country to call home and the creation of his own company.
A Momentous One Hundred Years: Ancient Ethiopia, 520-620 A.D. (March 22, 2012) - 51 minutes
Hailu Habtu discusses the critical century of 520-620 A.D. in Ethiopia.
Joseph in Africa: The Story of a Story (November 10, 2011) - 66 minutes
Morgan Johnson presents the illustrated lecture, "Joseph in Africa: A 3,000 Year Story of a Story Retold in the Multi-ethnic Continent of Africa." Joseph Morgan Johnson is a cartoonist and teacher who spent many years as a missionary and activist in Africa.
Coffee, Culture and Intellectual Property Rights: The Case of Ethiopia (March 31, 2011) - 45 minutes
Heran Sereke-Berhan discusses coffee and intellectual property rights in Ethiopia. Heran Sereke-Berhan is a scholar of Ethiopian culture.
The Lion of Judah: Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie (December 9, 2010) - 48 minutes
His Royal Highness Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie Haile Selassie discusses his work. Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie is president of the Crown Council of Ethiopia. He is the only son of Prince Sahle Selassie of Ethiopia and Princess Mahisente Habte Mariam. He is the grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, and also of Dejazmach Habte Mariam Gebre Igziabiher, the heir to the former Welega kingdom of Leqa Naqamte.
The History of Education in Ethiopia with Special Emphasis on Higher Education (October 26, 2010) - 59 minutes
Dr. Aklilu Habte discusses the history of higher education in Ethiopia. Dr. Aklilu Habte is former president of the Haile Selassie 1st University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The State of Art in Ethiopia (July 29, 2009) - 65 minutes
Renowned artist Afewerk Tekle presented a lecture on the state of art in his native Ethiopia. Afewerk Tekle was one of Ethiopia's most celebrated artists, particularly known for his paintings on African and Christian themes as well as his stained glass. He died in April 2012.