Selected Library of Congress Webcasts on Ethiopia
Ascending to Heaven: Ancient Churches and Monasteries of Ethiopia (January 30, 2020
) - 55 minutes
Esubalew Meaza, author of his latest coffee table book, Ascending to Heaven, traveled deep into the rural areas of Ethiopia, and with his seasoned photographical skill captured the arts and the architectural beauty of the various major Orthodox Churches in Ethiopia. To be exact the book contains fifty remote churches and monasteries. His lecture inspires and introduces the viewer to the coming of Christianity, its living and ancient structures and magnificent artifacts, and to construct a comprehensive view of Ethiopian Christianity and its contributions to the world.
From Tesfa to Tikva: 25 Years of Ethiopian Jews in Israel (June 03, 2019) - 52 minutes
Ms. Irene Fertik has captured the latest history of the Beta Israel for 25 years in her new book, From Tesfa to Tikva: 25 Years of Ethiopian Jews in Israel. Both in photos and text, Ms. Fertik chronicles the story of 25 years of change and transition of Ethiopian Jews in Israel. In 1984 the news broke around the world that Old Testament Ethiopian Jews were being brought out of Africa to Israel. This 25 -year project of passion, is the formative years of this fascinating, and vibrant Beta Israel community, as they continue to grow "From Tesfa to Tikva: From Hope to Hope."
Gratitude in Low Voices: Dawit Gebremichael Habte (October 11, 2018) - 50 minutes
This story is a record of the saga of a young man who faced several turbulent events in his immigrant life outside of his family and country. This story is told by a very successful man who withstood the vagaries of immigrant life in different countries and who finally made it to the United States to build a family life.
The author of the book Gratitude in Low Voices: Dawit Gebremichael Habte, wrote his memoir in the US to commemorate his country of origin, Eritrea and to share his story as an immigrant passing through Ethiopia and Kenya.
Imperial Ethiopia's Unique Symbols, Structures and Role in the Modern World May 11, 2017) - 60 minutes
Gregory R. Copley discussed his research on the role of Ethiopia in the modern world. Copley is an Australian and President of the Washington-based International Strategic Studies Association since its foundation in 1982. He is also founder and editor-in-chief of the Defense and Foreign Affairs publishing group. He is also Chief Analytical Officer for the Global Information System (GIS) which provides intelligence coverage on 287 countries and territories to government users world- wide. He has authored a book on Ethiopia titled Ethiopia Reaches Her Hand Unto God : Imperial Ethiopia's unique symbols, structures and role in the modern world (1998).
Marriage and Politics in 19th and 20th Century Ethiopia (April 20, 2017) - 69 minutes
Heran Sereke-Brhan discussed marriage and politics in 19th- and 20th-Century Ethiopia. Dr. Heran Sereke- Berhan was most recently a post-Doctoral fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the study of the Longer Range Future and Visiting Researcher at the African Studies Center of Boston University. Her recorded presentation is a result of her research work in this University. After earning a doctorate in African History from Michigan State University in 2002, she has initiated and participated in projects that combine her interest in Historical research with her passion for the arts and culture, including art exhibitions, performances, and publications on the arts. She spent four years in Ethiopia where she worked as Academic Director for the School for the International Training’s Study Abroad Program. Between 2005 and 2006 she was an assistant professor at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies in the Addis Ababa University. Dr. Heran has written numerous conference papers and made several presentations and talk shows.
Imperial Exile Emperor Haile Selassie in Britain 1936-40 (September 22, 2016) - 60 minutes
Mr. Keith Bowers is a former BBC executive producer, a writer and international broadcast consultant. Bowers discussed his book, Imperial Exile about Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie's exile in Britain in the 1930s to escape the invading armies of the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini.
Heaven and Earth: A documentary film screening and talk by the Director Mackonen Michael (Thursday, December 3, 2015)
The film introduces the ancient Ethiopian civilization and its highly advanced literature, architecture and cultural heritage, monarchical system of the past, Judeo-Christian religion and the role of education and philosophy within the traditional society. In addition, it captures the beautiful landscape of rural Ethiopia, medieval monasteries and priests chanting in the premises of colorful churches and the rich history of Ethiopia.
Mr. Mackonen Michael, the producer of the film is an Ethiopian British, documentary film maker and freelance art reporter at the British media network BBC. He studied Journalism and African studies at SOAS university of London and worked in different media production companies as broadcaster and producer. (webcast not available)
Addis Ababa: The New Flower of Africa and Ethiopia: Inspiring Journey (September 25, 2015) - 60 minutes">
The speaker, Esubalew Meaza is a trained information technology engineer, writer, photographer, and storyteller. He made a presentation about his first book titled, Addis Ababa: The New Flower of Africa and Ethiopia, Inspiring Journey (2012). Through this talk, he takes his readers to the city of Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, and further explores Ethiopia in all directions. Mr. Esubalew Meaza resides in the state of Virginia.
Poets and Writers" featuring the New Chancellor of the University of Manchester, Poet Lemn Sissay
(July 6, 2015) - 77 minutes
Lemin Sissay is an English author and broadcaster. Sissay was the official poet of the 2012 London Olympics. He has been chancellor of the University of Manchester since 2015 and joined the Foundling Museum's board of trustees two years later, having previously been appointed one of the museum's fellows. He was awarded the 2019 PEN Pinter Prize. He has written a number of books and plays. His unique life story revolves around his Ethiopian parents when his mother gave him for adoption and eventually was raised by a British family. Lemn Sissay read selections from his several poems and also participated in a moderated discussion with Mr. Fentahun Tiruneh, Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division as part of the African Poets and Writers Series.
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.