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Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture Series

November 16, 2016
In Pursuit of Heritage: Tracing Early Elements of Islamic Architecture
Architectural historian and conservationist Rana Al Kadi spoke about the history of Islamic architecture from its origins in Damascus to North Africa, Spain and Turkey.

November 14, 2016
The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey
Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt discusses their book "The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey."

November 9, 2016
Persophilia: Persian Culture on the Global Scene
Hamid Dabashi discussed his book, "Persophilia: Persian Culture on the Global Scene."

October 25, 2016
The Return of the Masters: Connections, Contestations & Redrawing of Persian Literary History
As part of the Library's lecture series on the Persian book, Kevin Schwartz discusses Persian literary history.

October 18, 2016
Isfahan to Irvine
Hossein Omoumi discussed his documentary film on the ney, a Persian musical instrument.

September 13, 2016
Evolution of Persian Calligraphy
Mehdi Saeedi spoke about his latest work in calligraphy.

August 30, 2016
Gender & Dance in Modern Iran: Biopolitics on Stage
Ida Meftahi discussed her book, "Gender and Dance in Modern Iran: Biopolitics on Stage.

July 28, 2016
Rahim AlHaj Trio: Middle Eastern Music from New Mexico
The Rahim AlHaj Trio features traditional middle eastern music on the oud (Arabic lute) and antour (hammered dulcimer).

June 10, 2016
The Library presented “The Assyrian Legacy: From Ancient Civilization to Today's Cultural Revival”
a daylong symposium on the ancient Assyrian civilization and its contemporary manifestation. Watch three sessions:
Session 1: The Assyrian Legacy in the Cradle of Civilization
Session 2: The Assyrian Christian, Past & Present
Session 3: Asyrian Diaspora in the Middle East

June 7, 2016
The Arbeelys: The Double Life of the First Syrian Immigrant Family
Linda K. Jacobs discusses the story of the first Syrian immigrant family to the United States.

June 2, 2016
The Orthodox Church in Georgia Since Independence
Paul Crego spoke about his research on the Orthodox Church in Georgia, including the writings and speeches of Zviad Gamsaxurdia, who was concerned with the spiritual health of the nation and with the state of the Georgian Orthodox Church.

May 5, 2016
Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane
Fred Starr discusses his book on central Asia's golden age, from the Arab conquest to Tamerlane.

April 22, 2016
Witness, Aleppo: Armenian, Assyrian & Arab Music, Stories & Images from Pre-war Syria
Jason Hamacher discussed how he stumbled into a serious fascination with Syria's endangered spiritual traditions.

April 19, 2016
Children's Song Writer: Life & Work of Abbas Yamini Sharif

Iranian director Homan Yamini Sharif discussed his documentary, "Children's Songwriter" about the life of Persian poet Abbas Yamini Sharif. The film gives a brief history of children's literature in modern Iran.

April 7, 2016
The Sultan's Gift: Book Diplomacy in the Early Hamidian Period
Guy Burak spoke about his work with the Abdul Hamid collection, a reflection of the Ottoman Empire during the reign of one of its last sultans, Abdul-Hamid II.

March 31, 2016
Afghan Women's Poems Inspire
Mahnaz Rezaie represented the Afghan Women's Writing Project (AWWP) during a conversation where poetry and visual art was shared. Part of the Persian Book Lecture Series, presented in collaboration with the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland.

March 23, 2016
Analysis & Curation of American Travelers' Visual Documents on Central Asian Nomadic Culture
Saule Satayeva discussed her archival research related to American travelers who illuminated Kazakh Nomadic culture through their visual documents from 1876-1937.

March 22, 2016
Lyrics of Life: Sa'di on Love, Cosmopolitanism and Care of the Self
Fatemeh Keshavarz discussed her new book on the mediaeval Persian lyrical poet Sa'di: "Lyrics of Life: Sa'di on Love, Cosmopolitanism and Care of the Self." This program was the opening lecture of a Persian book lecture series, held during the Nowruz season which celebrates the arrival of spring.

March 8, 2016
Muslimism in Turkey & Beyond: Religion in the Modern World
Neslihan Cevik discussed Muslimism in Turkey and its relation to religion in the modern world with a special focus on women

February 16, 2016
Afghan Media Resource Center Gift to the Library of Congress
The Afghan Media Resource Center has given the Library of Congress 48 hard drives worth of audio, video and photographic footage, content and culturally unique materials on Afghanistan. These materials were presented by Haji Sayed Daud to Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao.

December 8, 2015
Perspectives on Islamic Law Reform
In recognition of Human Rights Day, a panel of distinguished Islamic scholars discussed Islamic law reform.
Speaker Biography: Issam Saliba is a foreign law specialist in the Law Library of Congress.
Speaker Biography: Kristen A. Stilt is a professor at Harvard Law School and co-director of the university's Islamic Legal Studies program.
Speaker Biography: Intisar A. Rabb is a professor at Harvard Law School and co-director of the university's Islamic Legal Studies program.
Speaker Biography: Sherman Jackson is King Faisal Chair

November 4, 2015
Classified as White: Historical Insights into the Racial Classifications of Americans of Middle Eastern & North African Descent

.Randa A. Kayyali from the Elliott School for International Affairs at George Washington University spoke about the intersections of religion and race for immigrants in the U.S. during the first half of the 20th century.

October 22, 2015
Of Kings & Cavemen: Museums, Museology & Elite Nationalism in Egypt Under the Monarchy
Peter Wien discusses museums, museology and elite nationalism in Egypt under the monarchy.

October 8, 2015
Madame Parliamentarian
"Madame Parliamentarian," a short documentary film depicting women's active participation in Lebanon's political life, explores the reasons behind this situation and examines solutions adopted by other countries to increase the number of women in political leadership.

July 30, 2015
Flora & Flowers of Jordan
Dawud Al-Eisawi discusses the flora and flowers of Jordan.

June 25, 2015
Promoting Arab Culture Through Translation
Writer, poet and business owner Faiza Sultan discusses the promotion of Arab culture through translation.

June 3, 2015
The Ancient City of Tyre: Evening Event
Following upon a day-long sympoisum on the ancient city of Tyre, an evening event included speeches, a display of books on the city of Tyre and presentation of awards.

June 3, 2015
The Ancient City of Tyre
This symposium explores on the ancient city of Tyre, founded in 2750 B.C. by the Phoenicians, who created an alphabet and the first democracy in the world with a parliament and senate elected directly by the citizens. Tyre is the legendary birthplace of Europa, the daughter of the King of Tyre, the namesake of Europe. The city and the civilization was left in ruins by Alexander the Great who went to war against the Tyreans.

May 28, 2015
Ara Dinkjian & Zulal: Traditional Armenian Music & Song
In Armenian, Zulal means "clear water". Zulal, the New York-based a cappella trio, takes Armenia's village folk melodies and weaves intricate arrangements that pay tribute to the rural roots of the music while introducing contemporary lyricism and energy. The trio celebrates the trials and joys of old Armenian village life: Budding romances in elevated gardens, the disappointments of hapless suitors, secret messages placed upon the western winds, the moonlit faces of shepherd boys and their brides

May 28, 2015
Zulal Trio & Ara Dinkjian Oral History
Members of the Zulal Trio discuss the history of the group and their music..

May 7, 2015
American Humanitarianism in the Armenian Crucible: 1915-1923
Susan B. Harper delivered the 19th Annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture featuring historical photographs from the Library's collection as well as those of other institutions.

April 8, 2015
The History of the Acts of St. John the Evangelist
An exquisitely illuminated manuscript of the Life of St. John the Evangelist was bequeathed to the Library as part of the papers of the stage and film director Rouben Mamoulian. Levon Avdoyan discusses the manuscript.

April 6, 2015
The Naqab Bedouin & Colonialism: New Perspectives
Mansour Nasasra and Sophie Richter-Devroe discussed their book, describing the historic isolation of Naqab Bedouin studies from the rest of Palestine studies by situating, studying and analyzing their predicaments firmly within the contemporary context of Israeli settler-colonial policies. They offer a nuanced description and analysis of Naqab Bedouin activism and describe settler-colonial power structures.

April 2, 2015
The Woman Who Read Too Much
Bahiyyih Nakhjavani speaks about her novel, "The Woman Who Read Too Much." Set in the world of the Qajar monarchs, mayors, ministers and mullahs, this book explores 19th century Iran and tells a gripping tale of a pioneering woman.

March 25, 2015

Lubana Al Quntar & Kenan Adnawi: Traditional Music and Song from Syria
In this concert Lubana Al Quntar performs classical Arabic Maqam pieces with a melancholy flavor, characteristic of this genre. She is accompanied by the internationally known oud player Kenan Adnawi, who also presents traditional instrumental music of Syria.

March 17, 2015
An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia
Seyyed Hossein Nasr from George Washington University and Mehdi Aminrazavi from the University of Mary Washington College discuss philosophy in Persia.

March 11, 2015
Gentile Bellini's Drawings of Ottomans: Italian Art Serving the Sultans
Rosamond Mack discussed "Gentile Bellini's Drawings of Ottomans: Italian Art Serving the Sultans."

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