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Upcoming Events of the African and Middle Eastern Division:

Out of an abundance of caution, all Library of Congress buildings and facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Public events canceled until further notice. Online resources and reference services, such as Ask a Librarian, will continue to be available during this time. For more information, see:

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Past Events:


Wednesday, April 7, 2021
The African Section hosted a presentation on "Endangered Alphabets and Why We Write: Africa - Writing Beyond Writing," by Tim Brookes, Director of the Endangered Alphabets Project, a US-based non-profit organization.

Tuesday, March 16,2021
The Near East Section hosted a presentation and film screening of "The Spirit of Nowruz: Marking the Start of Spring" by Filmmaker Dr. Farzin Rezaeian, an award-winning documentary and educational film producer and director.
View a webcast of this program. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020
The African Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division hosted a program under the Conversations with African Poets and Writers Series, Conversation with Lesley Nneka Arimah, Nigerian Author and 2019 Winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing.
View a webcast of this program.

Thursday, January 30, 2020
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Divsion hosted a book talk, Ascending to Heaven, by Author Esubalew Meaza. Meaza discussed his journey through Ethiopia to tell the stories of his native land.
View a webcast of this program.

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