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Cover of Luther's Von der Babylonischen Gefengknuss der Kirchen (The Babylonian Captivity of the Church). Strassburg: Johann Schott, 1520. Martin Luther Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Germany, presents The Reformation at 500: German Treasures in the USA, an illustrated lecture commemorating the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, by Tom Rassieur, John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings, Minneapolis Institute of Art.

In the run-up to this year's observation of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of his Ninety-five Theses on October 31, 1517, German and American partners have collaborated to bring to the United States exhibitions of historically relevant artworks and objects associated with Luther and his contemporaries. Many of these items had never before left Germany.

Presented in conjunction with a Library of Congress display, "Martin Luther as Priest, Heretic, and Outlaw: The Reformation at 500," on view in the Jefferson Building through January 1, 2018.

Where:  LJ-119 (1st floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:   12:30pm


Friday, October 20, 2017

The European Division presents journalist and editor Flora Nikolla discussing the Albanian Press after Communism and the Albanian Diaspora and its Relationship to Albania.

Flora Nikolla is editor-in chief of the Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), Albania's main press agency. Since 1993 she has worked as an editor, journalist and scriptwriter for ATA's magazines and on other projects, such as Spanish radio and the Albanian Film Festival.

Where: West Dining Room (6th floor, James Madison Building)
When: 4:00pm

Picture of Flora Nikolla

Image of old Finnish script

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Finland, invites you to celebrate 100 years of Finnish independence at a symposium on the History and Future of the Finnish Language.

Opening remarks will be delivered by HE Kirsti Kauppi, the Ambassador of Finland, followed by a discussion among the three panelists: Aili Flint, Senior Lecturer in Finnish, Emerita, Columbia University; Daniel Karvonen, Senior Lecturer, Finnish and Linguistics, University of Minnesota; and Hilary Virtanen, Assistant Professor of Finnish and Nordic Studies, Finlandia University.

Where: Whittall Pavilion, (Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: 10:00am


Image of Anders Rydell

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden, presents The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance, by Anders Rydell.

The Book Thieves tells the story of the Nazis' systematic pillaging of Europe's libraries, and the small team of heroic librarians now working to return the stolen books to their rightful owners. Anders Rydell is a journalist, editor, and author of nonfiction. His works on the Nazi looting of art and books have been translated into 19 languages, among them German, Italian, Russian, and Chinese. The Book Thieves (Viking, 2017) is his first book in English.

Where:  LJ-119 (1st floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:   3:00pm


Thursday, September 28, 2017

The European Division, African & Middle Eastern Division, and the Asian Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute of Washington, DC, present Marco Polo and the Global Silk Roads, a presentation and short video by the artist and author Lilya Pavlovic-Dear.

The presentation will be followed by a collections display.

Where: Dining Room A (6th floor, James Madison Building)
When: 2:30pm

Painting of Eurasia, by Lilya Pavlovic-Dear

Image of Andras Visky.  Photo by István Biró

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The European Division presents Barrack Dramaturgy, by András Visky, an ethnic Hungarian playwright from Romania.

Visky's works have been inspired by personal experience of the oppressive communist regime in Romania, and explore the themes of gender, justice, and trauma. He will discuss his work and his concept of theater, as described in a recent book András Visky's Barrack Dramaturgy (Intellect Books: 2017). He has lectured at the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj, in the Department of Theatre and Television, since 1994.

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: 3:00pm

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The European Division and Polish Language Table of the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, present Robert Blobaum discussing his new book, A Minor Apocalypse: Warsaw during the First World War.

Robert Blobaum is the Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of History at West Virginia University. In addition to A Minor Apocalypse, he is the editor of Antisemitism and Its Opponents in Modern Poland (2005), and the author of the award-winning Rewolucja: Russian Poland, 1904-1907 (1995) and Feliks Dzierzynski and the SDKPiL: A Study of the Origins of Polish Communism (1984).

Book sales and signing to follow.

Where: European Reading Room, LJ-249
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Picture of Robert Blobaum

Partial image of Charles Errard's Rinaldo Abandons Armida

Friday, March 24, 2017

The European Division, the John W. Kluge Center, the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, and the Music Division of the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington present Words, Images, and Music: A Dialogue on Torquato Tasso and the Arts at The Library of Congress, by Dr. Laura Benedetti (Georgetown University) and Dr. Peter Lukehart (National Gallery of Art).

The talk will be preceded by a display of items from the European Division, the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, and the Music Division.

Where:  LJ-119
(1st floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:   3:00pm

(The collections display will take place 2:00pm – 3:00pm in LJ-113.)


Thursday, March 23, 2017

The European Division and the Hebrew Language Table of the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Rabin Chair Forum at George Washington University, present Violins of Hope, a lecture by Amnon Weinstein and Avshalom Weinstein, with a musical performance by Hannah Tarley.

Amnon Weinstein has spent the last two decades locating and restoring violins that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. His son Avshalom, a third-generation luthier, will tell us the story behind each of the violins. A musical performance using one of the rescued violins will be given by violinist Hannah Tarley.

Where: Mumford Room,
(6th floor, James Madison Building)
When:   noon

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Picture of Edoardo Albinati

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Library of Congress European Division and Italian Language Table, in partnership with the Embassy of Italy, Italian Cultural Institute, New Academia Publishing, and Italians in DC/ParoLab, present a conversation with author Edoardo Albinati.

Albinati was the recipient of the Italian Literary Award Premio Strega 2016 for his latest novel La scuola cattolica (2016). This work is part bildungsroman, part memoir, and perhaps a contemporary epic of Italian society in the 1970s.

This event will be in English with a few readings from Italian.

Where: Pickford Theater
(3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: 3:00pm

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Friday, February 17, 2017

The European Division presents a talk by Agron Alibali: Faik Konitza. Encounters of a Washington Diplomat and His Lost Library.

Faik Konitza (1875-1942) served as Minister at the Albanian Legation in the United States from 1926 until 1939. He was also a serious bibliophile and amassed a collection described as "one of the richest private libraries in Washington, D.C." Although bequeathed to the National Library of Albania, the Konitza Library has since disappeared. Mr. Alibali will describe ongoing efforts to locate and return this invaluable cultural asset to its proper home in Europe.

A lawyer by training, Agron Alibali is a Senior Fellow at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Picture of Agron Alibali

Photo of Immanuel Mifsud

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The European Division and the Poetry and Literature Center, in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Malta and supported by the Arts Council of Malta in New York, present a poetry reading and conversation with Immanuel Mifsud.

Immanuel Mifsud, a poet and a writer born in Malta in 1967, is the recipient of a number of awards: the Malta National Award for Prose (2002, 2015), the Malta National Award for Poetry (2015), and the European Union Prize for Literature (2011).

Where: Mumford Room,
(6th floor, James Madison Building)
When:   6:30pm

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The European Division presents This American Wife, by Milena Trobozić Garfield.

A film and theater producer as well as a columnist for the Serbian press, Milena Trobozić Garfield has lived several years in Washington, DC. Her columns have recently been published as a book titled Mali saveti za bolji život [A little advice for a better life]. Her wry observations describe life in the U.S. as viewed by an outsider, touching upon feminism, romance, public solitude, and shopping as entertainment, as well as art, culture, and the media.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Photo of Milena Trobozić Garfield

Image of Vil'jam Pokhlebkin

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The European Division presents the Life and Times of Russian Historian and Culinary Writer Vil'jam Pokhlebkin, 1923-2000, by Ronald Feldstein, Professor Emeritus, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Vil'jam Pokhlebkin (pictured here) was a Russian historian, culinary expert, and cultural figure whose numerous publications cover a wide range of fields, including cuisine, heraldry, Scandinavian history, vodka, and the history of Stalin's pseudonym. Professor Feldstein's interest in Pokhlebkin dates back to the late 1970s, when he used Pokhlebkin's Национальные кухни наших народов (The ethnic cuisines of our peoples) in a translation class.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon


Thursday, December 8, 2016

The European Division and the Hebrew Language Table of the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Embassy of Israel, present "If the Dead Could Speak." The Jewish Cemetery in Warsaw, a presentation by filmmaker Asaf Galay.

Asaf Galay produces entertaining and innovative films about modern Jewish culture. His biographical film "The Muses of Bashevis Singer," was chosen to open the 2015 New York Jewish Film Festival. Galay's latest film focuses on the Warsaw Jewish Cemetery, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Grave marker in the Jewish Cemetery in Warsaw

Cover of Girl, by Alona Frankel

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The European Division, Young Readers Center, and the Hebrew Language Table of the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Embassy of Israel and the Rabin Chair Forum of George Washington University, present Girl: My Childhood and the Second World War, a book talk by award-winning Israeli author Alona Frankel.

Girl is a memoir about a Polish Jewish girl's survival, hiding as a Gentile in Nazi-occupied Poland. Alona Frankel has written and illustrated over 50 childrens' books.

Where: Pickford Theater
(3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: noon

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Monday, November 14, 2016

The European Division, in partnership with the Cultural Office of the Italian Embassy, presents a panel discussion on the history of Italian cuisine and culture by Domenica Marchetti and Amy Riolo on the occasion of the First Week of Italian Cuisine in the World.

Where: Pickford Theater
(3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: 4:30pm

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Covers of Preserving Italy and The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet

Image of musicians and performing artists

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division, the European Division, and the Hebrew Language Table of the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut and the Rabin Chair Forum of George Washington University, present the Jüdische Kulturbund Project, a multimedia presentation and live musical performance.

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division, the European Division, and the Hebrew Language Table, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Rabin Chair Forum of George Washington University present Forgotten Transport, a film-talk with clips by filmaker Lukáš Přibyl.

Film director, political scientist, and historian, Přibyl documents every word of witnesses to the Holocaust by painstakingly researched visual materials. In a series of four award-winning documentary films, he traces the history of Czech Jews during the period of World War II, taking over 10 years and visiting 30 countries to complete the project.

Where: Law Library Media Center, LM-240
(2nd floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon

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Cover of a book by Pushkin

Friday, November 4, 2016

The European Division presents A Century of Russian Literary Treasures: a Look at Curatorial Policies of the Past, by Natalia White.

Over time, the challenges facing curatorial work have become more complex. A look at the history of the Library's policies for its European collections offers an interesting example of balancing collection development policies with a commitment to preserving the collections. In this talk a selection of Russian books, ranging from inscribed copies found in the Yudin collection to first editions of post-revolutionary works, will be discussed as illustrations of both the richness of the collections and of various periods of Russian history. Natalia White has worked with the Library's Russian collections as both a contractor and an intern, and received a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from the University of Maryland.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon


Thursday, October 27, 2016

The European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute, presents a book talk with Professor Salvatore Settis: If Venice Dies.

Professor Settis pleads for the survival of Venice. "Anyone . . . who has a special place for that city in their heart—they have serious responsibilities and crucial tasks ahead of them: to prove that the city's beauty and diversity are not just cumbersome legacies of the past, but an extraordinary gift that allows us to embrace the present and an extraordinary endowment for building and securing the future."

Chairman of the Louvre Museum's Scientific Council, Professor Settis is a widely-published archaeologist and art historian. He was director of the Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles, and Professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa.

Where: Dining Room A (6th floor, James Madison Building)
When: 3:00pm

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Young Havel

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The European Division presents Andrea Sedláčková's film Václav Havel – A Life in Freedom (Život podle Václava Havla).

The film explores the life of Václav Havel, the former Czech President, taken from hundreds of hours of footage capturing various periods of Havel's life – family, childhood, his loves, drama, and political activities. Through the documentary, the director portrays Havel as intellectual rebel, lover of life, and admirer of rockers and dissidents. This portrait of Havel was made as the first-ever international co-production of Czech Television and Franco-German TV ARTE. The screening also commemorates Havel's 80th birthday. (Dir. Andrea Sedláčková, 2014, 70 min., Czech with English subtitles)

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon


Friday, October 14, 2016

The European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Malta, the Embassy of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute, and the European Union National Institutes for Culture, presents Saving Libraries during a Time of War: The Hill Museum and Manuscript Library's Race to Preserve Manuscripts Threatened by War and Cultural Trafficking by Dr. Daniel K. Gullo, Joseph S. Micallef Curator of the Malta Study Center.

Dr. Gullo will introduce the various manuscript cultures represented by the HMML's projects and discuss efforts to recover manuscripts, such as those damaged by acts of war in Malta, ensuring that the contents of these irreplaceable witnesses to centuries of history will not be lost forever.

Where:  LJ-119 (1st floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:   3:00pm

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Image of Daniel Gullo

Image of Mother Teresa

Friday, October 14, 2016

The European Division presents Mother Teresa and her Ascent to Sainthood, by her biographer, Father Lush Gjergji.

Father Lush Gjergji is a Roman Catholic priest in Kosova, where he was born. Ordained in 1973, he received in 1975 a doctorate in psychology from the Sapienza University of Rome. He has authored over 60 works on psychology and religion, as well as 16 books dedicated to the life, works and spirituality of Saint Teresa of Calcutta. He will discuss her life and works, as well as her Albanian origins. His talk will be translated into English.

Where: European Reading Room, LJ-249
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: 2:00pm

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

The European Division presents a discussion with historian Jonathan Kapiloff: Quantifying the Soviet Economic and Social Crisis of 1920: Food Supply, Rail Transport, Fuel, and Demographics.

Mr. Kapiloff earned a B.A. in 1980 from Columbia University, and an M.A. and C. Phil degree (1984) from the University of California at Berkeley.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Image of Vladimir LeninImage of Leon Trotsky

Image of Maja Haderlap

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The European Division, in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Embassy of Slovenia, presents Maja Haderlap, a prize-winning Austrian-Slovene novelist, poet, playwright, and translator. Maja Haderlap will discuss her novel Angel of Oblivion, recently translated into English by Tess Lewis and published by Archipelago Books. The novel won the highly prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann prize in 2011 and, in 2015, France's Prix du Premier Roman.

Angel of Oblivion (Angel pozabe in Slovenian, Engel des Vergessens in German) is inspired by the experiences of Maja Haderlap's family and the Slovenian-speaking minority in southern Austria, many of whom fought as partisans against the Nazis during the World War II.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon


Thursday, September 8, 2016

The European Division and the Hebrew Language Table of the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, present a book talk by author Caroline Heller: Reading Claudius: A Memoir in Two Parts.

An elegy to a vanished time, Caroline Heller's memoir traces the lives of her parents, her uncle, and their circle of intellectuals and dreamers from Central Europe on the eve of World War II to present-day America. The story, set primarily in prewar Prague, brings to life the lost world of European café culture, and reminds us of the sustaining power of literature in the most challenging of times. Professor Heller is the director of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Educational Studies at Lesley University, where she also teaches in the graduate school of education.

Where: Dining Room A (6th floor, James Madison Building)
When: 11:30am

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Image of Yuriy Tarnawsky

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The European Division presents Ukrainian-American author Yuriy Tarnawsky, who will discuss "Claim to oblivion!" The New York Group.

Consisting of Ukrainian émigré writers who lived in New York in the late 1950s, the New York Group continued until informally ceasing in the 1990s, though several members continue to be active to this day. Their creativity revitalized Ukrainian émigré literature but also influenced literary movements in Ukraine. Poet, novelist, playwright and essayist Yuriy Tarnawsky, a founding member of the group, will discuss its history and read from his works.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon


Thursday, September 1, 2016

The European Division and Italian Language Table, in partnership with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute, present A Conversation about the novel Un paese di carta between Laura Benedetti and Emily Langer. The conversation will be held in English.

Laura Benedetti teaches Italian literature in the Department of Italian at Georgetown University. Un paese di carta is Dr. Benedetti's first novel, published in Italy in 2015. Three generations of Italian American women explore their identities as they follow their ambitions and lives between the U.S. and Italy.

Emily Langer writes for the Washington Post. She graduated from the Department of Italian at Georgetown University and was a Fulbright fellow in Trieste from 2010 to 2011.

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: 3:30pm

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Cover of Newcomers

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Slovenia, presents Michael Biggins discussing his most recent translation, Lojze Kovačič's Newcomers.

Newcomers (Prišleki, in Slovenian) is often regarded as one of the most important Slovenian novels of the 20th century, and has been translated into several languages. It provides an intricate vision of how groups and societies descend into tribalism, and of how individuals resist. Michael Biggins has translated over 15 book-length literary works, and has been awarded the Janko Lavrin Diploma of the Society of Slovene Literary Translators.

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: 1:00pm


Friday, June 17, 2016

The European Division presents a talk by Paul Miller, "Warn the Duke": The Sarajevo Assassination in History, Memory, and Myth.

Paul Miller, Associate Professor at McDaniel College, earned his Ph.D. in modern European history at Yale University (1995). His dissertation, From Revolutionaries to Citizens: Antimilitarism in France, 1870–1914, was published by Duke University Press in 2002. In 2004–05, he was a Fulbright fellow at the University of Sarajevo, where he wrote on, and taught, genocide issues. From 2011 to 2013, Miller was a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Birmingham (UK), where he researched, and later published his work on, the memory of the Sarajevo assassination.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Image of Paul Miller

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Law Library and European Division, Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy, the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland, the Centro Primo Levi, New York, and the Italian Cultural Institute present La Cittŕ degli Ebrei/The City of the Jews: Segregated Space and the Admission of Strangers in the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, a Conference Marking the 500th Anniversary of the Ghetto's Founding.

Where and When:
*1:30-2:30pm: first window for the display in LJ113;
  (first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
*2:30-4:00: lectures in LJ119;
*4:00-5:00: second window for the display in LJ113.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

The European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Slovenia, presents A Presentation by Slovenian Poet Cvetka Lipuš.

A member of Austria's Slovenian minority, Cvetka Lipuš writes poetry in her first language despite having lived outside Slovenia for most of her adult life. She has published seven collections of poetry, much of which has been translated into various languages. She is the recipient of the prestigious national Prešeren Award, given by the Slovenian government. Introductory remarks by Prof. Dr. Vesna Kondrič Horvat, University of Maribor, will be followed by the author's talk, a moderated discussion, and a poetry reading in English. The presentation honors the 25th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Slovenia, and is part of the European Month of Culture.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Image of Cvetka Lipuš

Picture of Igor Fedyukin

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The European Division presents a discussion with historian Igor Fedyukin on The Schools that Peter the Great Built: "Projectors" and the State in Early Modern Russia.

Professor Fedyukin is Associate Professor of History at the National Research University, Higher School of Economics (Moscow) and currently a Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. His talk will focus on his current research for a book which, among other points, refutes the received wisdom that Peter I single-handedly designed schools and other institutions, and forced them on an unwilling public.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The European Division presents a discussion with historian Patricia Kennedy Grimsted on Nazi-Looted Books Still Far from Home.

Dr. Grimsted is Senior Research Associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, and the International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam. She is the author of numerous books and articles on Russian and Soviet archives, and the founder of ArcheoBiblioBase, an online guide to Russian archives.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Image of Marshall Cohen

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The European Division presents author and photographer Marshall H. Cohen, who will discuss his new book Denmark: A Photographer's Odyssey.

Editorial photojournalist Marshall H. Cohen has contributed to television as well as many domestic and international magazines and newspapers for over twenty-five years. An accredited member of the National Press Club, he has been honored with several "Vivian Awards" for distinguished service to the Club. He is also President of the American Scandinavian Association in Washington, D.C. and Honorary Life Member of the Association of the Tall Ship, the Danmark.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The European Division presents a discussion with historian Kurt Bednar on Frederic Courtland Penfield: Last and Undervalued US Minister to Habsburg Vienna in Crisis, 1913-1917.

Kurt Bednar will discuss the turbulent times of the last American ambassador to Austro-Hungary as that empire collapsed during the First World War. His research was largely conducted at the Library of Congress. He has received a law degree and a doctorate in history from the University of Vienna.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Image of Frederic Courtland Penfield

Cover of Wolf One-Eye

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Latvia, presents Latvian Literature on the Verge. Award-winning Latvian poets and writers will read from their works in Latvian and English, followed by a moderated discussion. Introductory remarks by Ambassador Andris Razāns.

With Juris Kronbergs - poet/translator; Liāna Langa - poet; Nora Ikstena - prose writer; and Margita Gailītis - literary translator. Discussion moderated by Andrew Singer, Pennsylvania State University, and Director of Trafika Europe.

Where: European Reading Room, LJ-249
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Monday, March 21, 2016

The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division and the European Division present Edward David Luft, speaking about his book The Jews of Posen Province in the Nineteenth Century.

Where: African & Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Image of Rabbi Akiva Eger with his two Assistant Rabbis

Cover of Salt to the Sea

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Lithuania, presents author Ruta Sepetys, who will discuss her latest novel, Salt to the Sea, a masterful work of historical fiction depicting the tragic sinking in 1945 of the Wilhelm Gustloff, the death toll from which far surpassed that of the Titanic and the Lusitania combined. She will discuss the various cultural interpretations of the event as well as survivor interviews.

Where: European Reading Room, LJ-249
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: 2:00pm


Monday, December 14, 2015

The European Division and Hebrew Language Table of the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, present Global Refugees: The Case of Jews and Greeks in 20th Century Czechoslovakia, a presentation by Michal Frankl and Katerina Kralova, with an introduction by journalist Amy Kaslow.

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon

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On left, pianist Jani Aarrevaara; on right, violinist Jani Lehtonen

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Violinist Jani Lehtonen and pianist Jani Aarrevaara explore the mystery of Fritz Kreisler's rare violin and piano arrangement for the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47. This lecture celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius on December 8, 1865. Presented by the European Division and Music Division, Library of Congress, in partnership with the Embassy of Finland.

Where: Whittall Pavilion, (Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Library of Congress Center for the Book and the European Division present Janet Polasky, who will discuss and sign her new book Revolutions without Borders. The Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World (Yale University Press: 2015).

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon

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Cover of the book The Life and Art of Klara Gereb 1897 - 1944

Monday, December 7, 2015

The European Division and the Hebrew Language Table, Library of Congress, present a book talk by Steven Fenves: The Life and Art of Klara Gereb 1897 - 1944.

Artist Klara Gereb was deported with her family in 1944 from Hungarian-occupied Subotica (Szabadka), Yugoslavia, to Auschwitz, where she perished. The book presents a representative subset of her work, which survived because her courageous former cook rescued a folder of her artwork. The author, Klara's son Steven J. Fenves, survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald and came to the US in 1950.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon


Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Library of Congress' European Division, Poetry and Literature Center, John W. Kluge Center, and Rare Book and Special Collections Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington D.C., present Dante Alighieri's 750th Birthday Anniversary at the Library of Congress, a panel discussion featuring Francesco Ciabattoni, Kristina Marie Olson, Bernardo Piciché, and Eugenio Refini.

After the panel discussion, a display of unique treasures from the Dante holdings of the Library of Congress will be held at 5:30pm in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the Madison Building. For more information, see the Library of Congress press release about the event.

Where: Mumford Room,
(6th floor, James Madison Building)
When:   4:00pm

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Giorgio Vasari, Six Tuscan Poets, (1543 c.)

Image of Vladimir Lenin.  Courtesy of Austrian Archives/CORBIS

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The European Division, Library of Congress presents a discussion with historian Jonathan Kapiloff: The Geography of Hunger: How Lenin Handled Russia's Food Supply Crisis of Winter 1919-1920

Mr. Kapiloff earned a B.A. in 1980 from Columbia University, and an M.A. and C. Phil degree (1984) from the University of California at Berkeley.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon


Monday November 9, 2015

The European Division and the Hebrew Language Table of the Library of Congress present Writing the Holocaust.

Michlean Amir of the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum will moderate conversations with authors Anthony Pitch and Nancy Geise. Pitch's book, Our Crime Was Being Jewish, contains vivid memories of 358 Holocaust survivors, as told in their own words. Geise's book, Auschwitz #34207, The Joe Rubinstein Story, is written in Joe's voice, a personal story of the life of one individual who survived the horrors of Auschwitz and WWII. This program marks the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, November 9 & 10, 1938.

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

The European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Slovenia, presents Berlin, a book talk by author Aleš Šteger.

The most translated Slovenian author of his generation, Šteger has published poetry, novels, and essays. His texts have appeared in The New Yorker and many other international magazines. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2007 Rožanc Award for the best book of Slovenian essays (for Berlin), and in 2011 the American literary prize, Best Translated Book Award. He was accorded the title Chevalier des Artes et Lettres from the French government, and is a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts. The reading will be in English.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The European Division presents Tesla, a book talk by the author, Vladimir Pistalo.

Born in Sarajevo in 1960, Vladimir Pistalo grew up in Mostar, Kraljevo, and Belgrade, and studied law in Belgrade and Sarajevo. He earned his PhD in American History at the University of New Hampshire. Before he immigrated to the United States in 1993, he worked as a journalist. He is currently Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at Becker College in Massachusetts, where he teaches US and world history.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: 12:30pm

Photo of Vladimir Pistalo

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Library of Congress Poetry & Literature Center and the European Division present International Literature: Poets From Sweden, featuring Malena Mörling and Jonas Ellerström, which will celebrate the publication of The Star By My Head: Poets From Sweden, a reading followed by a moderated discussion with Taru Spiegel, Reference Specialist in the Library's European Division. This event is free and open to the public.

Where: Montpelier Room, LM-619 (6th floor, James Madison Building)
When:  3:00pm - 4:30pm

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The European Division presents Milan Panic discussing his new book: Prime Minister for Peace: My Struggle for Serbian Democracy.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Cover of the book Prime Minister for Peace

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Slovenia, presents a reading and discussion with Slovenian novelist and playwright Evald Flisar.

The most widely translated Slovenian author (143 translations into 36 languages, with plays and radio plays produced in 56 countries), Flisar will dscuss the disadvantages of writing in a language spoken by only 2 million people, of ways of overcoming this, and then conquering the literary world against the odds.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The European Division and the LCPA Hungarian Language Table present European Finno-Ugric Languages: Part European, Part Asian, a presentation by Anne Tamm, Associate Professor at Gáspár Károli University, Associate Research Fellow at Central European University (both in Budapest), and currently a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University.

While traveling in Europe, many of us have experienced Hungarian as the most exotic of the languages spoken there. It is full of curious grammar stacked on top of even more curious vocabulary. These features seem to make it completely different from, and even incomparable with, any other existing languages. However, Hungarian belongs to a family of Uralic languages, which comprises - according to different counts - 21 to 49 languages. In Europe, Estonian and Finnish are its major relatives, but the closest ones are two languages in Asia - Mansi and Khanty.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The European Division in partnership with The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York presents Memory as a Form of Justice.

Romanian writers Ana Blandiana, Doina Uricariu and Romulus Rusan will read selections from their poetry and memoir books, and they will discuss their poetry and fiction. Ana Blandiana and Romulus Rusan will also present the exhibit "The Memory as a Form of Justice," dedicated to the world's first Memorial of the Victims of Communism, in Sighet, Romania, along with a short film about the Memorial. Dennis Deletant (Georgetown University) and Virgil Nemoianu (Catholic University of America) will also comment.

Where: Whittall Pavilion, (Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: 11:30am


Friday, May 29, 2015

The European Division and the Rare Book & Special Collections Division, in partnership with The Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C. and the Italian Cultural Institute, present A Celebration of Contemporary World Art at the Library of Congress.

Join us and Giuseppe Liverani, founder and owner of the Italian publishing house Charta, to celebrate his donation of 917 art books to the Library of Congress. Charta, an independent art publisher, has an outstanding record in promoting contemporary artists.

Where: Lessing J. Rosenwald Room, LJ-205
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Covers of various art books

Cover of the book Open City

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC and The Italian Cultural Institute, present A Visionary Concept of Urban Architecture, by architect, professor, and author Diane Lewis.

At the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union in New York, Professor Diane Lewis focuses on an integrated vision of "the architecture of the city." The book Open City: An Existential Approach is a compendium of architectural proposals for civic institutions of our time as created by the students of Cooper Union in the architecture of the city design studios conducted by Professor Lewis and her team of noted international architects.

Where: European Division Reading Room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: 3:00pm


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Library of Congress German Language Table and the European Division, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, present a lecture on What Was Before, a reading and discussion with Martin Mosebach.

A recipient of Germany's most prestigious literary honor, the Georg Büchner Prize, Martin Mosebach has been described as an author "who combines stylistic splendor with pure storytelling pleasure, and in the process demonstrates a comic awareness of history that extends far beyond Europe's cultural borders."

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: 1:00pm

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

The European Division of the Library of Congress in partnership with the Embassy of Finland presents the Hilja Grönfors Trio in Collecting Roma Music in Finland.

Award-winning singer Hilja Grönfors, the "Jewel of Finnish Roma Music," has traveled thousands of miles to collect Roma songs from different regions of Finland. As featured in the documentary, This Country Was Not Mine, the work of Ms. Grönfors captures the memories and songs of the Roma people whose lives were lived in the shadow of prejudice and oppression.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The European Division and the Poetry and Literature Center, in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania and the Lithuanian Culture Institute (Vilnius), present International Literature: New Lithuanian Poets, featuring Ilzė Butkutė, Giedrė Kazlauskaitė, and Marius Burokas.

This event will celebrate the publication of How the Earth Carries Us: New Lithuanian Poets, a reading followed by a moderated discussion with poet and professor Rimas Uzgiris, recipient of a 2013 Fulbright Scholar Grant and a 2014 NEA Literature Translation Fellowship.

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The European Division presents The Great War, a book talk by the author Aleksandar Gatalica.

Gatalica is an important Serbian novelist, short story writer, music critic, translator of ancient Greek, and editor. His prose has been translated into ten European languages. His novel about World War I, entitled Veliki rat, merited both the NIN Prize and the Mesa Selimovic Award, and is now available in English as The Great War. The author will discuss the book, as well as the war behind it.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon


Friday, March 27, 2015

The European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC and the Italian Cultural Institute, present A Literary History of the Italian Identity, by Bernado Piciché. Professor Piciché teaches Italian and Mediterranean Studies at the School of World Studies - Virginia Commonwealth University. In his talk, he will call attention to the ways in which major Italian authors such as Petrarch, Macchiavelli, and Foscolo portray the Italian identity.

Among many notable accomplishments, he is the winner of the best book of literary criticism award issued by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Napoli for his book Argisto Giuffredi, gentiluomo borghese nel vicereame di Sicilia (2006).

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Friday, March 27, 2015

The European Division and Poetry and Literature Center, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Washington and New Directions Publishing, present International Literature, featuring Jenny Erpenbeck, who will read from her fiction and participate in a moderated discussion with David Morris, German Area Specialist in the European Division.

Book sales and a signing will follow.

Where: Whittall Pavilion, (Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

The European Division of the Library of Congress in partnership with the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC and the Italian Cultural Institute present Italian Gastronomic Traditions and Innovations: The Historical, Cultural, and Economic Importance of Food in Italy, a talk by food historian, author, and lecturer Francine Segan.

Francine Segan is a James Beard-nominated author of six books about Italian gastronomy, including Pasta Modern: New and Inspired Recipes from Italy (2013), and Dolci: Italy's Sweets (2011). Segan's talk anticipates the topic that will define the upcoming EXPO Milano 2015: "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life."

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: 3:00pm-5:00pm

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Friday, March 13, 2015

The European Division presents Albania: Between the Communist Past and an Uncertain Future, Between Orient and Occident, by Mesila Doda, Member of the Parliament of Albania.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon


Thursday, March 12, 2015

The European Division and the Poetry and Literature Center, in partnership with the Royal Danish Embassy, present Danish author Christian Jungersen, an award-winning novelist, who has been published in more than 20 countries.

In his latest novel, You Disappear, a successful husband changes personality because of a brain disorder. This affects everyone around him and the novel evolves into a study of what it means to be human in our "age of neurobiology."

Where: Dining Room A, (Sixth floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon

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Cover of The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The European Division presents The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija, a book talk by the editors and contributors.

Bishop Maxim, responsible for the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, served as editor-in-chief. Bishop Atanasije Jevtić (co-editor, author, and contributor) and Professor Ljubica Popović (author and contributor), will also speak. Joining in the discussion is special guest, Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon




Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The European Division presents The Serbian Medieval Cultural Heritage, a book talk by the author, Vesna Petković.

The medieval Kingdom of Serbia flourished from the early 12th to the mid-15th centuries, after which Ottoman rule prevailed. The kingdom's long-ruling Nemanjić dynasty fostered a silver- and gold-mining industry and developed a rich culture of art, architecture, and illuminated manuscripts. Many of the kingdom's 1,300 churches and monasteries have not withstood the ravages of time and recent wars, but UNESCO is now working to preserve them.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Cover of Serbian Medieval Cultural Heritage



Drawing by Zbigniew Brzezinski

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The European Division, Rare Book & Special Collections Division, and the LCPA Polish Language Table, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, invite you to a book presentation: Bibliography & Drawings by Zbigniew Brzeziński and a celebration of the 2015 American Printing History Association's award to Jadwiga, Janusz, and Paweł Tryzno of the Book Art Museum in Łódź, Poland. The guests of honor will be Dr. Zbigniew Brzeziński and Ms. Emilie Benes Brzeziński, with an introduction by His Excellency Ryszard Schnepf, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland.

Dr. Brzeziński will discuss the origins of this unique book containing "doodles" by him. Collected by his wife Emilie, a well-known artist, the sketches drawn on scraps of paper at conferences and meetings have special significance due to the political context in which they were made.

Where: Rosenwald Room (2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: 1:00pm-3:00pm




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Library of Congress German Language Table and the European Division, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, present a lecture on Research 2.0: The Impact of Social Media on Research Libraries, by Professor Klaus Tochtermann, Director, German National Library of Economics (ZBW) - Leibniz Information Center for Economics.

Although libraries have served as the main points of access to scientific literature for centuries, social media have challenged this traditional role by generating new publication forms, new communication channels, and new community-driven research and publication environments. Based on the work within the ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Prof. Tochtermann will describe how research and development in computer science can help scientific libraries manage these changes within the next decade.

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon

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Cover of The Ethics of Witnessing

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The European Division, the LCPA Polish Language Table, and the Hebraic Section, African & Middle Eastern Division, present Rachel Feldhay Brenner discussing her new book: The Ethics of Witnessing: the Holocaust in Polish Writers' Diaries from Warsaw, 1939-1945.

The book investigates the reactions of five important Polish diarists-writers during the period when the Nazis persecuted and murdered Warsaw's Jewish population.

Rachel Feldhay Brenner is Professor of Jewish Studies and Modern Hebrew Literature at the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon




Thursday, December 11, 2014

The European Division, in partnership with the National Organization of Italian American Women, DC Chapter, present Historical Italian Fashion Magazines: A Rare Look at the Italian Sense of Style.

A unique review of Italian fashion magazines from the Library's collections providing insight into the history of Italian style, etiquette, and social mores, presented by Lucia Wolf, Reference Librarian in the European Division.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: 3:30pm-5:00pm

Cover of Eleganze Femminili



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The European Division and the Hebrew Language Table, Library of Congress, present a lecture and film by Katalin Cserépfalvi-Galligan: Albert Goering: A Good Man. This is the story of a remarkable man who saved the lives of many Hungarian Jews during World War II. Even more remarkable is that Albert was the younger brother of Hermann Goering, the notorious Nazi military leader during the War.

Dr. Cserépfalvi-Galligan will also show an excerpt from a documentary featuring her autobiographical book Mimikoko Illegális élete (Mimikoko Underground); the story of the deportation of Hungary's Jews in 1944 as seen through the eyes of a little girl. This video, by János Tari, is part of the documentary collection Rescuers and Rescued, which will premiere in Budapest on December 1.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The European Division presents The Liberation of Southern Italy as Seen Through Patton's Photographs, by Kevin Michael Hymel, the author of Patton's Photographs: War as He Saw It, who will discuss the collection of photographs by Gen. George S. Patton held in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress. Hymel is a historian and the managing editor and research director of WWII History and Military Heritage magazines.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: 3:30pm-5:00pm

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Image of Father Gjergj Meta

Friday, November 14, 2014

The European Division and the Albanian Language Table present Father Gjergj Meta, On the Eagle's Wings: Triptych of an Apostolic Journey: Martyrdom, Cohabitation, and Hope in Albania. Father Meta served as media relations director for the recent Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to Albania. His talk will provide insight into the Pope's historic Journey to Albania, as well as into persecution under Communism, religious dialogue, and the future of Albania. Father Meta was born in Durrës, studied Canon law at the Gregorian University in Rome, and serves as a priest in the Archdiocese of Tirana-Durrës.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon




Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Motion Picture and Recorded Sound Division, European Division, and the Hebrew Language Table (LCPA) at the Library of Congress, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, present the screening of the film Eugenic Minds, with filmmaker Pavel Stingl.

The documentary walks us through the history of eugenics -- the study of methods of improving the quality of the human race, especially by selective breeding -- others define it as the temptation to take the fate of humankind out of the hands of nature and, literally, shape the future.

Where: Library Services conference room, LM-642
(6th floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon

Image by Xenie Hoffmeisterová



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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The European Division, Library of Congress, presents The Politix of Asterix, a light-hearted lecture on a serious topic by Mr. Keijo Karjalainen, Cultural Counselor, Embassy of Finland. Mr. Karjalainen, a career diplomat with a research background, knows why Asterix the Gaul and his villagers don't conquer Rome, and who in the village really makes foreign policy decisions.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon




Friday, October 17, 2014

The European Division, in partnership with the United Macedonian Diaspora, presents a lecture by Dr. Ernest N. Damianopoulos, The Search for Modern Macedonian Ethnic Identity. Dr. Damianopoulos' presentation will be based on his book, The Macedonians: Their Past and Present, which integrates evidence from history, anthropology, sociology, and genetics.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Ernest N. Damianopoulos



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Thursday, September 25, 2014

The European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Slovenia, presents Professor Andrej Blatnik, University of Ljubljana, who will discuss his latest English-language book, Law of Desire, a collection of 16 tales about "urban nomads" lost in a labyrinth of pop culture. Prof. Blatnik will also discuss publishing and reading trends in southeast Europe.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The European Division, in partnership with the Center for Transatlantic Relations SAIS, presents a panel discussion, 1914-2014, A Retrospective from the Beginning of WWI to the Present. The focus is on Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Welcoming Remarks:
Ambassador Jadranka Negodić, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United States
Georgette Dorn, Chief, Hispanic Division/Acting Chief, European Division, Library of Congress

Moderator:
Michael Haltzel, Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations SAIS

Closing Remarks:
The Honorable Erdal Trhulj, Minister of Energy, Mining and Industry, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Where: Whittall Pavilion, (Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:  3:00pm - 5:00pm

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The European Division, in partnership with the American Latvian Association and the Embassy of Latvia, presents The Second Conference on Latvian Diaspora Archives, Libraries and Material Culture. The conference looks at Latvian diaspora collections and the preservation, cataloging and housing of historical and cultural materials. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not needed. The conference will continue on Sept. 12 at the Latvian Embassy and on Sept. 13 at the American Latvian Association Center and Museum in Rockville, Maryland. Please see the Library's press release for additional information at https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-14-143/

Where: Montpelier Room, LM-619 (6th floor, James Madison Building)
When:  9:30am - 5:00pm





Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Belarus, presents Belarus: Looking for Lost Values -- a Journey through Time, a talk by Belarusian historian and postcard collector Vladimir Likhodedov, who uncovers the past of Belarus, its religious communities and historical figures through the presentation of his books that reflect unique collections of old postcards and photographs.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The European Division, in partnership with the Embassy of Slovenia, presents Professor Luka Zibelnik, Cleveland State University, who will discuss Boris Pahor's classic Holocaust novel Necropolis. Pahor spent the last 14 months of World War II as a prisoner and medic in the Nazi camps at Belsen, Harzungen, Dachau, and Natzweiler.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon




Friday, May 9, 2014

The European Division presents Tina Khmelnitskaya, Hermitage Museum, discussing Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes & Russian Imperial Porcelain.

Among the symbolic phenomena of the Russian cultural renaissance was Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. The Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg was the first porcelain factory in Russia to bring together the 20th century theatre and porcelain production.

Where: Rosenwald Room (2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Cover of Diplomatic Counterinsurgency

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Center for the Book and the European Division present Philippe Leroux-Martin, who will discuss his new book: Diplomatic Counterinsurgency: Lessons from Bosnia and Herzegovina. A book signing will follow. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Philippe Leroux-Martin is a Canadian lawyer who worked for the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina on a team that oversaw the legal aspects of the Dayton peace agreement implementation. He later headed the legal department of the International Civilian Office in supervising and coordinating Kosovo's accession to independence in 2008-9. He is currently a fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Where: West Dining Room( 6th floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon




Thursday, February 27, 2014

The European Division and the Library's Hungarian Language Table present City Space as a Vicious Circle: Visual design in Béla Tarr's Man from London, a lecture by production designer, László Rajk. Rajk served as production designer on director Tarr's last two films, The Man from London (2003-2007, nominated in Cannes) and The Turin Horse (Silver Bear Prize of the Berlinale ).

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The European Division presents Mr Putin: A U.S. Perspective on Russia, a talk by Dr. Fiona Hill, Director of the Center on the United States and Europe, and Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. She is the co-author of a recent biography of Vladimir Putin.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon




Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The European Division presents Slovenian author Gabriela Babnik, who will discuss her latest novel, Dry Season, in which she examines interactions and cultural clashes between Europe and Africa.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Cover of book Samizdat

Monday, December 9, 2013

The European Division and the Library's Hungarian Language Table present Gábor Demszky, former dissident and later Mayor of Budapest for 20 years, who will speak on the topic Samizdat -- Civil Disobedience and the Helsinki Process. "Samizdat and all forms of civil disobedience in Eastern Europe were strongly motivated by the Helsinki process and by the Polish opposition's braveness and ideological split with the Soviet system. My generation in Eastern Europe associates human rights with the Helsinki process."

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

The European Division and the African & Middle Eastern Division present Marianne Szegedy-Maszák, who will discuss her book I Kiss Your Hand Many Times: Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary, a moving tale of personal relationships during tumultuous times.

Where: African & Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Their first meeting was on the radar. Dale Zelko and Zoltan Dani decided to meet each other 12 years later. Join us to watch The Second Meeting: When Adversaries Become Friends, a human story of a unique encounter between a US pilot and a Serbian missile officer. A film directed by Zeljko Mirkovic (85 minutes, in English and Serbian, with subtitles).

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: 2:00pm




Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The European Division presents Andras Petho, Humphrey Fellow at the Washington Post, who will speak on the topic Journalism in Hungary Today: Trials and Tribulations.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Andras Petho



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Friday, October 25, 2013

The European Division, in commemoration of Václav Havel, presents Sladké století (Sweet Century), a film directed by Helena Tŕeštíková. The film portrays several remarkable Czech women who endured harsh imprisonment under communist dictatorship. The film won Best Documentary at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 1998. (58 minutes, in Czech with English subtitles).

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon




Thursday, October 24, 2013

The European Division presents John Palka, who will discuss his book My Slovakia, My Family: One Family's Role in the Birth of a Nation.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Cover of My Slovakia



Joseph Haydn

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Join us for the lecture Joseph Haydn - An Original, a multi-media presentation about Haydn's life, works and places by Prof. Dr. Walter Reicher, Artistic Director of the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt.

The Austrian composer Joseph Haydn was and is still one of the most influential composers. He is called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet." Beethoven was Haydn's pupil, Mozart was his friend.

Walter Reicher has been for the past 25 years the artistic director of the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, where Haydn spent more than forty years at the court of Prince Esterházy. Reicher has had a significant role in shaping Eisenstadt and the Festival into the "Center of the Haydn World."

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: 2:00pm




Thursday, September 5, 2013

The European Division, in partnership with the American Research Center in Sofia, presents The Bulgarian Jews: a Journey between Myth and Reality, by Dr. Zvi Keren, Tel Aviv University.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Zvi Keren



Anatoly Tolstoukhov

Friday, June 28, 2013

The European Division and the LCPA Ukrainian Language Table, in cooperation with the US-Ukraine Foundation, present a book presentation by Anatoly Tolstoukhov: Politician as Philanthropist and Publisher.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon




Friday, May 17, 2013

The European Division presents Slovak Writers: Little Known or Not At All, a talk by Diana Židová, a graduate student in the Department of English and American Studies, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia. Ms. Židová will introduce little-known American writers who embrace their Slovak ancestry in novels, short stories, memoirs, or poems. These authors usually write in quest of an identity, recollecting pieces of their lives or retelling the stories of parents and grandparents who emigrated from Austria-Hungary to find a new home in America. Thomas Bell, Vasil Stefan Koban, and Milan Kovacovic are just a few such writers.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Diana Zidova



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Thursday, May 9, 2013

The European Division and the Ukrainian Language Table, Library of Congress, in partnership with the Shevchenko Scientific Society, present New Research on mid 20th-century Ukraine; Dr. Liudmyla Hrynevych will discuss her book on "The Collectivization and Holodomor Chronicle Project: The Unknown Famine of 1928-1929." Dr. Vladyslav Hrynevych will discuss his new monograph on "Unbridled Dissonance: The Second World War and Socio-political attitudes in Ukraine, 1939-1941."

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:  Noon




Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The European Division presents Angela Cannon, Reference Specialist, discussing her latest article, "History of the Cyrillic and Slavic Cyrillic Union Catalogs at the Library of Congress." This talk will trace the development of a union catalog for Slavic Cyrillic publications held by North American libraries, beginning with the Slavic Union Catalog, and ending with the Cyrillic Union Catalog and its supplement, the Slavic Cyrillic Union Catalog. The results of a usage survey in 2012 among Slavic librarians and a random sampling of both catalogs for overlap with WorldCat will also be discussed.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:  Noon

Sign and catalog drawers of the Cyrillic Union Catalog



Cover of The Devil in History

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Library of Congress Center for the Book and the European Division present Professor Vladimir Tismăneanu discussing his new book The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and book signings will follow the lecture.

Where:  LJ-119 (1st Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:   Noon

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

The European Division, in partnership with the United Macedonian Diaspora and the Albanian American National Organization, D.C. Chapter, presents Professor Christina E. Kramer discussing and reading from the book that she recently translated, My Father's Books, by Ambassador Luan Starova, a Macedonian of Albanian heritage.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:  Noon

Cover of My Fathers Books



Image of Volodymyr Viatrovych

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The European Division presents Following Archival Evidence: Uncovering KGB Documents on the Ukrainian Liberation Movement, by Dr. Volodymyr Viatrovych, Director of the Center on the History of Ukraine's Nation-Building in the 20th Century, National University, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:  Noon




Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The European Division presents Peter B. Clark, who will be discussing his new book Death of East Prussia: War and Revenge in Germany's Easternmost Province

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:  Noon

Cover of Death of East Prussia



Cover of Next Stop: Italy

Thursday, April 4, 2013

On the occasion of the 2013-Year of Italian Culture in the United States, the European Division, in partnership with the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute, present a discussion of the photograph/poetry album Next Stop: Italy, with film/photography critic Dr. William Gilcher and poet/radio host Grace Cavalieri. Also participating will be the book's editor, Renato Miracco, Cultural Attaché, Embassy of Italy, as well as contributor Verna Curtis and poet Dolores Kendrick.

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: 3:00pm

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Nassya Kralevska-Owens, pictured here, is a journalist from Bulgaria who now works in Philadelphia. Her 2010 book, Communism versus Democracy: Bulgaria 1944 to 1997, is an updated English version of a Bulgarian-language work that merited four editions. It explains what happened in Bulgaria after the U.S.S.R. installed a Soviet-style dictatorship in 1944, and why the road back to democracy after 1989 has proven so thorny and uneven. She will be present to answer questions.

Evelina Kelbecheva, who will lecture, is a distinguished professor of history at the American University in Bulgaria and a board member of the American Research Center in Sofia

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:  Noon

Image of Nassya Kralevska-Owens



Cover of Czech Political Prisoners

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The European Division presents Prof. Jana Kopelentova Rehak discussing her new book Czech Political Prisoners: Recovering Face, the story of men and women who survived Czechoslovak concentration camps under the Communist regime. The book exposes individual and communal experience, subjectivity, and consciousness hidden in the ruins of memory of socialism in Czechoslovakia.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:  Noon




Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The European Division and the American Research Center in Sofia present Divided Historical Memory in Today's Bulgaria, by Professor Evelina Kelbecheva. A distinguished professor of history at the American University in Bulgaria and a member of the Managing Committee of the American Research Center in Sofia, Professor Kelbecheva will describe how people of various ethnicities, religions, classes, and educational levels living in Bulgaria view their recent an distant past.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:  Noon

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Image of Galima Galiullina

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The European Division presents Russia, Central Asia, and China: Strategic Partnerships, by Dr. Galima Galiullina. Dr. Galiullina, an authority on regional development in Eurasia, will examine the geopolitical and cultural relations, as well as hegemonic shifts among Russia, China, and Central Asia.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:  Noon




Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, and the European Division, present Ellen Cassedy discussing her new book: We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust. Book sale and signing to follow.

Where: African & Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Image of cover of We Are Here



Image of Ona Šimaitė

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Please join writer Julija Šukys for a reading from, and a discussion of, her new book Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaitė The Life of a Vilna Ghetto Rescuer: Reading, Writing, Remembering.

Event sponsored by the Library of Congress European Division and the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division. Book sale and signing to follow.

Where: African & Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon




Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Library of Congress' European Division, the LCPA Polish Language Table, and the Poiesis Theatre Project invite you to an event celebrating the 145th anniversary of the birth of Maria Skłodowska-Curie, a stage reading of The Radiant Love of Maria S.C., a phantasmagoric play based on the life of a bright, smart, talented and passionate woman, a two-time Nobel Prize recipient who is torn apart between her scientific research, her sense of justice between what is right and wrong, her fight for civil/women's rights, and her passionate and unrequited love. Written by Mimoza Ristova and directed by Naum Panovski.

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon

Image of Marie Curie



Image of Joan Mohr

Friday, October 12, 2012

Author Joan Mohr will discuss her book The Czech and Slovak Legion in Siberia, 1917-1922. During World War I and the Russian Revolution, a specialized battalion of ethnic Czech and Slovak former prisoners of war - the Legion - became a pawn in an international game of power and deceit. Fighting with hopes of founding a nation, the Legion's heartbreaking detour through Siberia became one of the greatest human interest stories of the war, and was chronicled weekly in the New York Times and the New York Herald. This event is free and open to the public.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:  Noon




Friday, October 5, 2012

Archimandrite Tikhon will discuss his book Everyday Saints and Other Stories. Join us for a book talk by the author and a musical performance by the renown choir of the Sretensky Monastery.

Where: Whittall Pavilion, (Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:  11:00am

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Image of Archimandrite Tikhon and his book  Everyday Saints and Other Stories



Image of László Krasznahorkai, photo by Thomas Andematten

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai will read from his recently translated novel, Satantango (Sátántangó), and discuss the state of contemporary Hungarian literature. Book sales and a signing will follow. This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Library's Poetry and Literature Center and European Division, in collaboration with New Directions Publishing.

Where: West Dining Room (6th floor, James Madison Building)
When:  4:00pm

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Nobel Laureate Herta Müller will read from her work, followed by a conversation with Georgetown University Professor Peter Pfeiffer. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the European Division and the Poetry & Literature Center of the Library of Congress, and presented in collaboration with the Goethe Institute.

Where: Montpelier Room, LM-619 (6th floor, James Madison Building)
When:  6:30pm
RSVP required:   [email protected] / (202) 707-5394

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Image of Herta Müller by Isolde Ohlbaum



Image of Sterjo Spasse

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The European Division and the Albanian Language Table of the Library of Congress, in partnership with the United Macedonian Diaspora and the Albanian American National Organization, D.C. Chapter, present Sterjo Spasse: Honoring the Albanian Writer of Macedonian Descent, featuring the presentations "The Life and Work of Sterjo Spasse" (by Naum Prifti -- writer, colleague and friend) and "Memories from a Grandson" (by Arian Spasse, Counselor, Albanian Embassy, Washington, D.C.).

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: 11:00am




Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The European Division and the Poetry and Literature Center of the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Embassy of Norway, present the English translation of My Struggle. Karl Ove Knausgård will discuss and sign Book One of his internationally acclaimed memoirs.

RSVP required: (202) 707-5395 / [email protected]

Where:  Madison Hall (1st Floor, James Madison Building)
When:   6:30pm

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Image of Karl Ove Knausgård



Cover of the book The Heart Has Reasons

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Author Mark Klempner will discuss his book The Heart Has Reasons. Dutch Rescuers of Jewish Children during the Holocaust. The event is free and open to the public, and copies of The Heart Has Reasons will be available for purchase after the talk.

This event is sponsored by the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, and the European Division of the Library of Congress.

Where:  LM-139 (1st Floor, James Madison Building)
When:   Noon

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Daniel B. Schwartz, Assistant Professor of History, George Washington University, will discuss and sign his new book The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image (Princeton University Press, 2012).

This event is sponsored by the Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division; and the European Division.

Where: African & Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Cover of the book The First Modern Jew: Spinoza



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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Ukrainian Language Table and the European Division, Library of Congress, in partnership with the Shevchenko Scientific Society, Washington Chapter, present The Fate of Nazi-Looted Art from Kyiv Museums in East Prussia, by Dr. Patricia Kennedy Grimsted.

Dr. Grimsted is Senior Research Associate at Harvard University's Ukrainian Research Institute, and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: 11:30am




Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The European Division and Albanian Language Table of the Library of Congress, and the Pan-Albanian Federation of America VATRA - DC Chapter, invite you to a discussion celebrating The 100th Anniversary of VATRA,
with His Excellency Avni Spahiu, Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo in Washington DC; Mr. Agron Alibali, Visiting Fellow, U. of Massachusetts, Boston; Mr. Ilir Ikonomi, journalist and author, Voice of America; with Grant Harris, European Division, Library of Congress, moderator.

The speakers will discuss the Pan-Albanian Federation of America, especially two early leaders, Fan Noli and Faik Konica.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: 11:00am

Design showing 100 Years of Vatra



Portrait of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Embassy of Switzerland and the Library of Congress present Occupy Rousseau: Inequality and Social Justice, with an international panel and display of rarely seen Rousseau-related objects. Featured speakers: Guillaume Chenevière, former Director, Télévision Suisse Romande ("Rousseau, Citizen of Geneva"); Michael O'Dea, Lyon University, ("Are we Friends with Jean-Jacques Rousseau?"); and James Swenson, Rutgers University, ("Liberal and Conservative Egalitarianisms in Rousseau").

This event commemorates the tricentenary of the birth of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, philosopher and writer.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Grant Harris, [email protected] / 202-707-5859.

Where: Room LJ-119, (1st floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:  Display: 5:30pm   Conference: 6:30pm

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Michael David-Fox, Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University, will discuss and sign his new book Showcasing the Great Experiment: Cultural Diplomacy & Western Visitors to the Soviet Union 1921-1941 (Oxford University Press, 2011).

This event is sponsored by the the Library's Center for the Book and the European Division.

Where: Mumford Room,
(6th floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon

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Cover of Showcasing the Great Experiment



Painting by Gerasimos Steris (1898-1987)

Friday, January 27, 2012

The European Division, the Hispanic Division, the Poetry and Literature Center, the Embassy of Greece, and the National Endowment of the Humanities present Nobel Laureate Odysseas Elytis and the Hispanic World, with featured speakers Pedro Serrano, National Autonomous University of Mexico, and Rei Berroa, George Mason University.

R.S.V.P. to Robert Casper - (202) 707-5394 or [email protected]

Request ADA accommodations at least five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]

Where: West Dining Room,
(6th floor, James Madison Building)
When: 6:30 - 8:30pm

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Inna Alekseevna Polovnikova will presents her book Gennadii Vasil'evich IUdin, zhizn', biblioteka (Moskva: Novosti, 2010). Yudin (Iudin), a Siberian merchant and bibliophile, sold his collection of 80,000 books to the Library of Congress in 1906. Ms. Polovnikovna, a collateral descendant, discusses Yudin, his love of books, her archival research, and family papers in her possession. This presentation will be in Russian.

Event sponsored by the Library of Congress European Division and Russian Language Table.

Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Image of a Yudin bookplate



Image of Marta Botikova

Monday, November 21, 2011

Dr. Marta Botiková, Chair of the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia, will give a lecture entitled Oral History Project on Women's Memory in Slovakia. This presentation is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the European Division.

Where: European Division Conference Room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon




Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dr. Martin Votruba, Director of the Slovak Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh, will give a lecture entitled The Robber Who Stole the Slovak Silver Screen: How the Supposedly Folk Myth of Jánošík the Highwayman Was Molded in High Culture and Film. This presentation is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the European Division, in cooperation with the Slovak Studies Association.

Where: European Division Conference Room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Covers of books about Janosik



Imageof the cover of Synagogues in Hungary

Monday, October 24, 2011

Rudolf Klein, Professor of Modern Architectural History, Szent István University, Budapest, will discuss his book Synagogues in Hungary 1782-1918.

This program is sponsored by the European Division and the Hebrew Language Table.

Where: European Division Conference Room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon




Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Charles King, Professor of International Affairs and Government, Georgetown University, will discuss and sign his new book Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams (W.W. Norton, 2011).

This program is sponsored by the Library's Center for the Book (Books & Beyond series) and the European Division.

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon

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Image of the cover of Odessa



Image of the cover of Women against Tyranny

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tadeusz Kosciuszko in Old Postcards and Drawings, a book presentation sponsored by the European Division and the Polish Language Table of the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Embassy of Belarus.

Where: European Division Conference Room, LJ-250
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon




Thursday, May 12, 2011

Author and poet Davi Walders will discuss her new book of poems: Women against Tyranny: Poems of Resistance during the Holocaust. This presentation is free and open to the public, and copies of Women against Tyranny will be available for sale.

This event is sponsored by the Hebraic Section, the African and Middle Eastern Division, and the European Division of the Library of Congress.

Where: African & Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Image of the cover of Women against Tyranny



Image of the cover of Jews and Magic in Medici Florence

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Edward Goldberg, former Director of the Medici Archive Project and art historian, will discuss his new book Jews and Magic in Medici Florence: The Secret World of Benedetto Blanis. This presentation is free and open to the public, and copies of Jews and Magic in Medici Florence will be available for sale.

This event is sponsored by the Hebraic Section, the African and Middle Eastern Division, and the European Division of the Library of Congress.

Where: African & Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon
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Friday, April 8, 2011

Dr. Volodymyr Viatrovych, former director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory and currently at Harvard University, will give a lecture entitled Materials for Soviet History in the Archives of the Security Service of Ukraine. This presentation is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the European Division and the Ukrainian Language Table at the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Shevchenko Scientific Society.

Where: Hispanic Division Conference Room, LJ-240
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Image of Volodymyr Viatrovych



Image of the cover of In Her Hands

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Author Eliyana R. Adler will discuss her book In Her Hands: The Education of Jewish Girls in Tsarist Russia. This talk is free and open to the public. Copies of In Her Hands will be available for sale.

This event is sponsored by the Hebraic Section, African and Middle East Division; and the European Division.

Where: African & Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Award-winning Canadian author and publisher Anna Porter will discuss her book The Ghosts of Europe: Journey through Central Europe's Troubled Past and Uncertain Future.

This event is sponsored by the European Division of the Library of Congress.

Where: European Division Conference Room, LJ- 250
(2rd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Anna Porter photo



Most Musical Nation cover photo

Thursday, November 4, 2010

James Loeffler, Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies, the University of Virginia, will discuss his new book The Most Musical Nation. Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire

This event is sponsored by the Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division, and the European Division of the Library of Congress.

Where: African and Middle Eastern Reading Room
(2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Argentinean artist Mirta Kupferminc will present her award-winning video, The Name and the Number, which explores the relationship between embroidery and tattooing, both part of the cultural heritage she received from her Hungarian mother, who was an Auschwitz survivor. The video also compares the numbered tattoos made in Auschwitz with the ornamental tattoos that are popular today.

Presented by the European Division of the Library of Congress, with the Hebrew Language Table of the Library of Congress, in cooperation with the Embassy of Hungary.

Where: European Division Conference Room - LJ250
(2rd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When: Noon

Image from The Name and the Number



Gift to Stalin promo photo

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Gift to Stalin is a poignant cinematic tale of Sasha, a young Jewish orphan, who is sent into exile during a Stalinist purge, loses his grandfather on the long, train journey and is rescued by a gruff, widowed Muslim rail worker named Kasym.

Film producers Boris Cherdabayev and Aliya Uvalzhanova will show selected clips and discuss the film. The film clips will be in Kazakh and Russian with English subtitles.

The event is sponsored by the Hebrew Language Table and the European Division at the Library of Congress, in cooperation with the Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Embassy of Kazakhstan. A nine-member delegation of film and media professionals from Kazakhstan will attend the event. The producers will be donating a 35mm print of the film and several other films from Kazakhstan to the Library's collections.

Where: Mumford Room, (6th floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Leon Blum: For all mankind. A film by Jean Bodon (58 minutes). This powerful documentary tells the story of a prominent French leader--a Jew who at different times was prime minister of France and a prisoner in the Buchenwald concentration camp. Blum devoted his life to improving the well-being of French workers and was an early champion of women's rights. In 1936, he became prime minister; during his time in office, he led the Popular Front. In 1940, his socialist views and Jewish heritage placed him in jeopardy. The Vichy government sentenced him to five years in Buchenwald. After the war, Blum was re-elected prime minister. Professor Jean Bodon will discuss the film following the screening.

Presented by the European Division and the Hebrew Language Table at the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Embassy of France.

Where: Pickford Theater, (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon

Image of Leon Blum



Emil Draitser; Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Award-winning author, Professor Emil Draitser discusses his book Stalin's Romeo Spy: The Rise and Fall of the KGB's Most Daring Operative on Russia's "Ace of Spies" Dmitri Bystrolyotov (1901-1975).

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Erika Hope Spencer, [email protected], 202-707-4371. Request ASL and ADA accommodation five days in advance at 202-707-6362 or at [email protected]

Where: Montpelier Room, LM-619 (6th floor, James Madison Building)
When: Noon




Monday, March 8, 2010

The European Division and the Hebrew Language Table present a talk by Ronald Florence about his book Emissary of the Doomed. Bargaining for Lives in the Holocaust. With the German invasion of Hungary in March 1944, the Jewish Rescue Committee in Budapest suddenly faced the challenge of protecting 850,000 Jews -- the last intact Jewish population in Europe-- from the Nazi death camps. This book documents the little-known story of one man's part in that effort. Florence is a historian, novelist and the author of nine previous books.

Where:   Mary Pickford Theater, (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When:   Noon

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Cover of Emissary of the Doomed



Mitar Kuhunžić Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A lecture by His Excellency Mitar Kujundžić, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Current Developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sponsored by the European Division, and by the Southeast Europe Section, Germanic and Slavic Division. Contact Predrag Pajic, [email protected], 202-707-8488.

The program is free and open to the public. Request ASL and ADA accommodation five days in advance at 202-707-6362 or at [email protected]

Where:   Whittall Pavilion, (ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:   Noon




Monday, November 9, 2009

The European Division, the Hebrew Language Table, in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel, present the screening of the film The Woman From Sarajevo, followed by a discussion with Israeli filmmaker Ella Alterman.

The 65-minute film (in Serbian, English and Hebrew, with English subtitles) is a story about Zineba Hardaga's Serbian family, who hid a Jewish family during WWII and saved its members from certain death. Later, she became the first Muslim woman to be honored by Israel as "Righteous Among Nations," recognition given to non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis. Fifty years later, the situation is reversed and it is the Jewish family's turn to rescue the Hardaga family from the inferno of Sarajevo.

This program is free and open to the public.

Where:   Mary Pickford Theater, (3rd floor, James Madison Building)
When:   1:00 PM

Image from Woman from Sarajevo



David Stromberg Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Hebrew Language Table and the European Division in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel present Russim--On Russian Immigration and Culture in Israel: A Talk with Israeli author David Stromberg. Mr. Stromberg is a writer, artist, and author, whose publications include several collections of single-panel cartoons -- Saddies, Confusies, Desperaddies, and the forthcoming Baddies.

Where:   Room LM 139, (1st floor, James Madison Building)
When:   12:30 PM

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Friday, October 9, 2009

The Albanian Language Table and the European Division, Library of Congress invite you to a discussion with Albanian diplomat and playright Pellumb Kulla on The Grotesque of Forbidden Laughter: Wit and Humor in a Communist Dictatorship. Mr. Kulla started his career as a playwright, and by the 1970s had a reputation as a writer of fine satire in literary and theatrical circles. He became a diplomat after his country transitioned from communist dictatorship to democracy; first in Bonn, Germany (1992-1993) and later as the Permanent Representative of Albania to the UN (1993-1997).

Where:   Dining Room A, (6th floor, James Madison Building)
When:   12:00 PM

Pellumb Kulla



Lone Frank Thursday, October 1, 2009

Denmark's most distinguished science writer and former neurobiologist, Dr. Lone Frank, will discuss her book on our evolving perceptions of happiness, law, morality and religion - Mindfield: How Brain Science is Changing Our World. This event is sponsored by the Royal Danish Embassy, the Library of Congress' European Division, Science, Technology and Business Division, and the Scandinavian Language Table of the Library of Congress.

Where:  LM-139 (1st Floor, James Madison Building)
When:   12:00 PM




Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Andreas Daum, Professor, Department of History, University at Buffalo, SUNY, will discuss Alexander von Humboldt's influence and legacy in the United States in a lecture entitled Mourning, Celebrating, Revisiting: Alexander von Humboldt in the United States, 1859-2009.

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was a German naturalist and explorer who, through his persona and work, became an important reference point for American scholars, artists, and even governmental officials. As the United States was expanding westward, Humboldt's thinking about nature provided answers and a conceptual framework for questions arising from the exploration of North America's seemingly unlimited space.

This event, sponsored by the Library of Congress European Division and the John W. Kluge Center, the German Historical Institute, and the Embassy of Germany, is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. This event is one in a week-long series of events entitled "Alexander von Humboldt--Remapping Global Perspectives," which will take place in Washington, D.C., from May 2 to May 7, 2009, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Alexander von Humboldt's death.

Where:  LJ-119 (1st Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:   3:00 PM

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Morten Ramsland will discuss his work, including the prizewinning international bestseller Doghead -- a saga that follows three generations of a wildly dysfunctional Norwegian family.

The event, sponsored by the European Division, Library of Congress; the Royal Danish Embassy; and the Scandinavian Language Table, Library of Congress, is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

Where:  Mumford Room, LM-649 (6th Floor, James Madison Building)
When:   1:00 PM

Morten Ramsland



Image from the Peresopnytsia Bible Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Gospel of Peresopnytsia and Its Importance in Ukrainian Culture

Speakers will include The Reverend Dr Cyril Hovorun, Chair of the Department for External Church Relations, Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and Abbess Seraphima Shevchyk, Chair of the Synodal Department "Church and Culture." A 10-minute film will also be shown.

The event, sponsored by the European Division of the Library of Congress, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the auspices of the Moscow Patriarchate, and the Embassy of Ukraine, is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

Where:  Mumford Room, LM-649 (6th Floor, James Madison Building)
When:   10:00 AM




Thursday, November 13, 2008

David Vaughan will discuss his recently published book
Battle for the Airwaves: Radio and the 1938 Munich Crisis.

Seventy years from the fateful events of 1938, when the Anglo-French policy of appeasement led to the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia and the onset of World War II, Battle for the Airwaves looks at the Munich crisis as it was played out on the radio stations of Czechoslovakia, Germany, Britain, and the United States. Drawing on the extensive and long-forgotten archives of Czech Radio as well as archives in Germany, Britain, and the US, Vaughan reveals radio's key role in the run-up to the Munich Agreement and beyond.

David Vaughan is an award-winning English broadcaster and journalist who lives in the Czech Republic. For eight years he was editor-in-chief of Radio Prague, the international service of Czech Radio, and prior to that he was a correspondent for the BBC. He is the author of numerous radio documentaries for Czech Radio and the BBC. He has also worked for television, as an author and a co-director, and has written articles for several British newspapers, as well as for numerous Czech newspapers and periodicals. For several years he sat on the steering committee of the International Broadcasting Group in the European Broadcasting Union.

The event, sponsored by the European Division and the Embassy of the Czech Republic, is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

Where:  Woodrow Wilson Collections Room, LJ-113 (1st Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)
When:   12:00 noon


Image of cover of the book Battle for the Airwaves



Image of case for Howling with the Angels

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Howling With the Angels
with director Jean Bodon
(The 46-minute film is in English.)

In March 1939, Hitler's army marched into Prague, Czechoslovakia. Jan Bodon, a young, blond, blue-eyed captain in the Czech Army, was recruited to join the Nazis. He promptly fled and joined the resistance movement instead, and was later selected to help in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the notorious "Butcher of Prague."

In this powerful documentary, director Jean Bodon -- Jan's son -- uncovers the truth not only about Jan's wartime experiences, but also the fact that his father was secretly a Jew in a country which underwent one of the largest extermination campaigns of the war.

"Howling with Angels" is not only about Jean's advertures in retracing his father's lineage and his forgotten past. The film also explores the difficulties facing Jewish identity in the 20th century and the necessity of reclaiming and appreciating Jewish roots.

The event, sponsored by the Library's European Division, the Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division, and the Hebrew Language Table, is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

Where: Pickford Theater (3rd Floor, James Madison Building)
When:   12:00 noon




artwork Friday, May 30, 2008

The Famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine

Opening remarks by the Ambassador of Ukraine Oleh Shamshur and by Dr. Paula Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs begin at 11:30.

The lecture by Professor Stanislav Kulchytsky begins at 12:00.

An exhibit of books and posters will be on view May 29 and 30,
8:30 am - 5:00 pm in the European Division.

Sponsored by the European Division, the LCPA Ukrainian Language Table, and the Embassy of Ukraine.

Where:  European Reading Room, LJ-250 (2nd Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building).
When:  11:30 am




Thursday, July 26, 2007

Malcolm Byrne, Deputy Director and Director of Research, National Security Archive, George Washington University, will discuss the book From Solidarity to Martial Law. The Polish Crisis of 1980-1981. A Documentary History, which he co-edited.

The event, sponsored by the Library's European Division and the Polish Language Table, is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

Where:  European Division Conference Room, LJ-250
(2nd Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building).
When:  12:00 noon

Cover of From Solidarity to Martial Law.  The Polish Crisis of 1980-1981



Cover of Václav Havel's new book To the Castle and Back

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Paul Wilson will discuss his English translation of former Czech Republic President Václav Havel's recently published book To the Castle and Back.

Wilson is a freelance writer, translator, editor and radio producer who spent 10 years in Czechoslovakia (1967-1977), where he taught English and learned Czech. He was eventually expelled by the communist government for his association with the dissident movement, particularly for his involvement with the underground music scene as a member of the legendary rock band Plastic People of the Universe.

The event, sponsored by the Library's John W. Kluge Center and the Embassy of the Czech Republic, is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

Where:  Room 119, 1st Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building.
When:   12:00 noon

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The European Division presents William S. Shepard, former Consul and Political Officer at the United States Embassy, Budapest, who will discuss and sign his book Murder on the Danube, A Robbie Cutler Diplomatic Mystery (Writers Club Press, 2001).

Where:   Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building.
When:     12:00 noon




Tuesday, November 7, 2006

The European Division, the African & Middle Eastern Division, and the Alliance Française present a lecture about Léopold Sédar Senghor, by Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Northwestern University, Chicago. Senegalese poet and statesman, Senghor was a member of the French National Assembly (1946-1980) and an originator of the concept of Négritude. He was the first African elected to the Académie Française (1983).

Where:  African & Middle Eastern Division, LJ-220 (2nd Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building).
When:  12:00 noon

WEBCAST




Thursday, September 14, 2006

The European Division and the Hispanic Division present a reading of poems in Dutch, Spanish, and English from Anton van Wilderode's book, The Butterfly Tree, and a musical performance "Deux Mille Regretz," with music by Roland Coryn and lyrics by Anton van Wilderode. Followed by a "vin d'honneur." Sponsored by the Embassy of Belgium, Flemish Representation; the Embassy of Spain, and the International Circle of Friends of Anton van Wilderode. R.S.V.P.: Flemish Representation: (202) 625-5850.

Where:  West Dining Room (6th Floor, James Madison Building).
When:  6:30 pm

WEBCAST



Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Romanian Language Table, Library of Congress, invites you to a lecture in English by Annabelle Townson, who will discuss her new book, We Wait for You: Unheard Voices from Post-Communist Romania. Ms. Townson's talk will focus on the residual impact of the Communist years on daily life in today's Romania. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania for 27 months during 2001-2003, and she currently specializes in Romanian, Ukrainian and Moldovan affairs at the Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Where:  European Division Conference Room, LJ-250 (2nd Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building).
When:  12:00 noon



Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The Romanian Language Table, Library of Congress, invites you to a lecture in English by Professor Andrei Pippidi, on How the Ideas of the French Enlightenment Circulated in the Romanian Principalities.

Since 1995 Professor Pippidi has taught at the University of Bucharest, and he is also Senior Research-Fellow at the Institute for South-East European Studies in Bucharest. He has authored and edited numerous historical works on post-Byzantine Southeastern Europe.

Where:  European Division Conference Room, LJ-250 (2nd Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building).
When:  12:00 noon



Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The John W. Kluge Center presents the lecture Croatia: Partnerships, Priorities, and Progress, by Ms. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Republic of Croatia. No tickets or reservations are required.

Where:  Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building (1st Floor).
When:  10:00am

WEBCAST



Monday, January 23, 2006

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Jean Plantu, France's leading political cartoonist, will discuss and demonstrate editorial cartooning and talk about its significance in today's media. The event, titled The Editorial in Cartoons, is sponsored by two divisions in the Library of Congress, the European and Prints and Photographs, and by the Alliance Française de Washington. It is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

Where:   Room 119, Jefferson Building (1st Floor).
When:    12:00 noon




Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Photograph of Eric Maurice

French journalist Eric Maurice will give the lecture Media and Chauvinism: Government and the Press in the Post-9/11 World. The event, cosponsored by the European Division and the Alliance Française de Washington, is free and open to the public.

A journalist for the French international weekly, Le Courrier International, Maurice follows the international politics of France, Europe and North America. Maurice argues that in the post-9/11 world the media has abandoned its independent mission by aligning itself with government interests. He examines how, in his view, the media in the United States, France and in all other western democracies do not simply report the news, but manipulate public opinion on international issues in line with government views.

Where: Mumford Room (6th floor, James Madison Memorial Building)
When:   12:00 noon




Friday, September 16, 2005

The European Division and the Slovak American Society of Washington will present Janosik as a Symbol of Freedom in Socialist Slovakia-Almost, a lecture by Professor Patricia Krafcik, Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. The talk is free and open to the public.

Where:   European Division Conference Room, LJ-250.
When:   12:00 noon



Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Abraham Rosenberg, director of Ets Haim (tree of life) Library and Museum in Amsterdam, will deliver a lecture titled Ets Haim Livraria Montezinos (1616): An Old Library Bearing New Fruits. The event, which is sponsored jointly by the European Division and the Hebrew Language Table, is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Founded in 1616, Ets Haim is the oldest functioning Jewish library in the world. Since 1675 it has been housed in the Esnoga complex of the Portuguese-Jewish community of Amsterdam. Its 30,000 printed works and 500 manuscripts encompass all aspects of Jewish scholarship and many aspects of literature, history and the natural sciences. The library's collections provide a detailed picture of Sephardic culture as it emerged from its roots in the Iberian Peninsula. In 1998 the Dutch Department of Culture placed the library's holdings on the list of protected Dutch National Cultural Heritage. In October 2003 UNESCO recognized the collections' universal importance by including Ets Haim on the Memory of the World Register.

Abraham Rosenberg was born in 1943 and lived in hiding with a Dutch family during World War II. His family perished at the hands of the Nazis. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Amsterdam and a master's degree in library science from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He began his career as a classification librarian in the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem and subsequently became the institution's curator of Western early and rare printed books. He later worked in the Department of Rare and Early Printed Books in the Birmingham University Library in the United Kingdomand in the Goldsmith Library at London University. He was appointed to his current position as director of Ets Haim in 1993.

Where:   Pickford Theater, James Madison Building (3rd Floor).
When:    12:00 noon



Photograph of Jacek Niecko

Thursday, November 4, 2004

Jacek Niećko, editor and translator, will give a lecture entitled Czesław Miłosz: An Afterword. Mr. Niećko was formerly (1969-94) on the publications and academic programs staff of the United States Information Agency.

Where:   European Division Conference Room, LJ-250.
When:   12:00 noon




Photograph of Blandine Kriegel

Monday, October 18, 2004

Blandine Kriegel, Advisor to President Jacques Chirac, will give a lecture, in English, entitled Religion and Politics in Modern Europe. A university professor of philosophy and political history, Ms. Kriegel is active in politics and has been appointed to national commissions dealing with penal reform, reform of the justice system, ethics, and culture. She has directed presidential initiatives on the modernization of the state and violence on television. Today she is the president of the High Council on Integration which focuses on human rights and issues of integration of immigrants into French society. This lecture is sponsored by the European Division, the Kluge Center, with the Alliance Française and the Department of French and Italian, University of Maryland.

Where:   James Madison Building, West Dining Room (6th Floor).
When:    2:30pm



Photograph of Jean-Michel Frodon

Thursday, October 7, 2004

Jean-Michel Frodon, Editor of Les Cahiers du Cinéma, will give a lecture, in English, entitled Film at a Crossroads: Cinematography's Place in the Virtual, Globalized World. This lecture is sponsored by the European Division, the Kluge Center, and the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress with the Alliance Française and the Department of Languages and Foreign Studies, American University.



Where:   Thomas Jefferson Building, Room LJ-119.
When:    2:30pm



Darcy Calamatta

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Narcy Calamatta will give an illustrated lecture entitled The Beheading of St John, by Caravaggio: an Ibsenian Tragedy. The influential and revolutionary Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio created this masterpiece while in exile in Malta in the early 1600s.

Mr. Calamatta is a leading cultural figure in Malta, where he has worked for decades as an actor, scriptwriter, designer, director, and producer in the theater, radio, television, and cinema. He is also the cultural critic for the born-digital gazette, Maltastar.com. Versed in many art forms, Mr. Calamatta sees similarities in the styles used by the painter Caravaggio and the groundbreaking Norwegian dramatist of the nineteenth century, Henrik Ibsen.

Where:   European Division Conference Room, LJ-250.
When:   12:00 noon



Koloman Kertesz Bagala

Thursday, June 17, 2004

The European Division of the Library of Congress, the Friends of Slovakia, and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic present Publishing in Slovakia: Challenges for Today, a talk by Koloman Kertesz Bagala, the CEO of the L.C.A. Literarna a kulturna agentura publishing house. The talk is free and open to the public.

Where:   European Division Conference Room, LJ-250
When:  12:00 noon






George Gomori.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Translating Hungarian Poetry is the title of a presentation to be given by poet and translator George (György) Gömöri, Lecturer in Polish and Hungarian at the University of Cambridge from 1969 to 2001. Mr. Gömöri will illustrate his talk with citations from the five works he has coauthored with English poet Clive Wilmer, including their recently published translation of the poetry of Miklós Radnóti, Forced March, Selected Poems (2003), the first edition (1979) of which won the Hungarian Artisjus Prize. Mr. Gömöri has published nine books of his own poetry in Hungarian and one in English, as well as works about Hungarian and Polish literature.



Where: European Division Conference Room, LJ-250.
When: 12:00 noon



Tuesday, October 28, 2003

The European Division of the Library of Congress and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany cordially invite you to The Glory of Baroque Dresden: The Dresden State Art Collections Come to the United States. Dr. Martin Roth, General Director of the State Art Collections in Dresden, will give an illustrated presentation on the exhibition The Glory of Baroque Dresden. The exhibition, organized in association with the Mississippi Committee for International Cultural Exchange, showcases over 400 works of art and historic treasures from the Dresden Collections and takes place at the Mississippi Arts Pavilion, in Jackson, from March 1 to September 6, 2004. It is the first major exhibition from Dresden in North America since the Library's own exhibition from the Saxon State Library in 1996.

Where: Madison Hall (Madison Gallery), (1st floor, James Madison Building).
When: 6:00pm


Wednesday, October 15, 2003

The folk ensemble Otets Paissii performed traditional Bulgarian folk dances and songs. Classical musicians of international renown will perform masterpieces from Bulgarian and American composers. Reception to follow.

Where: Mumford Room, (6th floor, James Madison Building).
When: 6:30pm




Tuesday, September 23, 2003

On September 23, Professor Herbert R. Reginbogin will give a lecture based on his book, coauthored with Walther Hofer, Hitler, der Westen und die Schweiz 1936-1945, 3d ed. (Zürich, 2003). Professor Reginbogin is a former professor of West Coast University, Los Angeles, and head of international research programs on 20th century financial/business history at different universities in Europe and the United States. Based on his book, Professor Reginbogin will discuss the business linkages among Britain, America, Germany and Switzerland in the period 1938-1945.

Where: Room 113, Thomas Jefferson Building
When: 12:00 noon




Wednesday, July 9, 2003

The European Division presents Olga Gyarfasova, a Senior Research Fellow and Program Director at the Institute for Public Affairs, Bratislava, Slovakia, and a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy, speaking on EU Referenda in the Visegrad Countries: the Outcome and the Road Ahead. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Where: European Division Conference Room, Room LJ-250
When: 12:00 noon




Friday, June 6, 2003

The European Division and The Washington Branch of the Association of Russian-American Scholars in the USA present St. Petersburg--300. A Tribute to the 300th Anniversary of St. Petersburg.

Where: Mary Pickford Theater, (3rd floor, James Madison Memorial Building)
When: 10:00am--3:30pm




Friday, March 14, 2003

The European Division of the Library of Congress and the Foundation for Hellenic Culture, New York branch, will present Dino Siotis, author, poet and literary critic, as the keynote speaker at a celebration of the life and work on C.P. Cavafy. The presentation will include a slide show as well as readings of Cavafy's poems in Greek and English by Ioanna Gavakou and Robert McNamara. The lecture is free and open to the public.

C.P. Cavafy is one of the greatest poets of the 20th century and Greece's foremost modern poet. The year 2003 marks the 140th anniversary of his birth and the 70th anniversary of his death.

Where: Mumford Room (6rd floor, James Madison Memorial Building)
When: 6:30pm




Tuesday, October 22, 2002

The European Division of the Library of Congress and the Royal Norwegian Embassy will present Professor Finn Benestad discussing Johan Svendsen: Norway's Great Symphonist. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Johan Svendsen, a close friend and colleague of Edvard Grieg, is regarded to this day as Norway's greatest symphonic composer. Professor Benestad, together with Dag Schjelderup-Ebb, wrote a biography of Grieg and the two have now collaborated on a biography of Svendsen entitled Johan Svendsen: the Man, the Maestro, the Music. Professor Benestad's lecture at the Library of Congress will present highlights from this book and will include recorded examples of some of Svendsen's best music. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the book signed by the authors.

Where: Mary Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Memorial Building)
When: 12:00-1:30pm




Friday, September 27, 2002

The European Division and the Prints and Photographs Division present Prof. Birgitta Ingemanson of Washington State University speaking about An American in Vladivostok: Mrs. Pray's Letters and Photo Albums, 1894-1930. The letters and photo albums of New England-born Eleanor Lord Pray open a window onto the merchant life of Vladivostok, a vibrant and intriguing Russian city, developed commercially by merchants from Russia, northern Europe, and the United States, and enjoying a diverse culture in Asia near China and Japan.

Where: Mary Pickford Theater (3rd floor, James Madison Memorial Building)
When: 12:00 noon




Monday, September 23, 2002

The European Division presents Gabrielle Alioth, a Swiss-German writer. Ms. Alioth is a native of Basel and has lived in Ireland since 1984. Her first novel, Der Narr (The Fool), was published in 1990. Her most recent novel, Die Stumme Reiterin (The Silent Rider), appeared in 1998. After reading from her works in German, Ms. Alioth will be available for a discussion in German and English of her work and of the Swiss literary scene in general.

For more information call David B. Morris, German Area Specialist in the European Division, at (202) 707-8491.

Where: European Division Conference Room, Room LJ-250
When: 2:00-4:00pm




Monday, December 3, 2001

The European Division and the Royal Norwegian Embassy present acclaimed Norwegian jazz pianist, composer, and author Ketil Bjornstad, speaking about his book, The Story of Edvard Munch. Munch once said that "every motive is first described with words before it becomes a painting," and Bjornstad's book focuses on Munch as a writer.

Where: Mumford Room   (6th floor, James Madison Memorial Building)
When:6:30pm




Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Eric Hollas, O.S.B. , Executive Director of the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library at Saint John's University in Collegeville, MN speaks about the Archives of the Knights of Malta located in the the National Library of Malta. He discusses also his library's project of microfilming these archives that contain sources dating back to the early twelfth century. Other Maltese libraries also have supplied material for the project and to date 14,000 reels of microfilm have been compiled. The appearance of Dr. Hollas at the Library is sponsored by the Embassy of Malta. A reception will follow.

Where: Mumford Room   (6th floor, James Madison Memorial Building)
When:6:30pm




Wednesday, October 31, 2001

"Women in Slovakia and the Czech Republic: New Opportunities and Old Problems," a discussion by Dr. Zora Butorova (Senior Researcher at the Institute for Public Affairs in Bratislava, Slovakia) and Dr. Sharon Wolchik (Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University). Drs. Butorova and Wolchik will discuss the roles of women under communism in the former Czechoslovakia and their roles in today's Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Where: Mary Pickford Theater   (3rd floor, James Madison Memorial Building)
When:12:00pm (noon)




Wednesday, May 23, 2001

The European Division of the Library of Congress and the Royal Norwegian Embassy will present Professors Finn Benestad and William H. Halverson discussing their joint work Edvard Grieg: Diaries, Articles, Speeches. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Edvard Grieg: Diaries, Articles, Speeches, the latest result of the collaboration between Professors Benestad and Halverson, is the companion volume to Edvard Grieg: Letters to Colleagues and Friends, introduced at the Library of Congress in 2000.

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) was a composer whose work brought worldwide recognition to the music of Norway. His Peer Gynt Suites (1876) are the most familiar of his compositions.

Professor Finn Benestad served as professor of musicology from 1965 to 1998 at the University of Oslo, and is the preeminent expert on the life and music of Edvard Grieg. Professor William H. Halverson, retired from Ohio State University, is America's leading translator of books on Norwegian music. Both Professor Benestad and Professor Halverson have been knighted by King Harald of Norway.

Where: Mumford Room   (6th floor, James Madison Memorial Building)
When: 6:30pm




Wednesday, April 11, 2001

The European Division of the Library of Congress, together with the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and with the assistance of the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia, will hold a symposium on the life and work of the Croatian writer Marko Marulic' (1450-1524). Participants in the symposium on this great Croatian classic writer and humanist will include prominent scholars and specialists from Croatia, Canada, France, Hungary, and the U.S. At the same time, the Rare Book and Special Collections Division will exhibit original 16th century works by Marulic'. The Embassy of the Republic of Croatia will host a reception afterward. RSVP: (202) 707-8488.

Where: Mary Pickford Theatre   (3rd floor, James Madison Memorial Building)
When: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm




Friday, March 9, 2001

Photo of Yuri AndrukhovychYuri Andrukhovych, a Ukrainian poet and writer, will read from his works. Mr. Andrukhovych, currently a Fulbright scholar in residence in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at Penn State University, is a leading member of Ukraine's new generation of intellectuals and writers. An English translation of his novel Rekreatsii (Recreations) was published in 1998, and an English translation of his postmodern philosophical novel Perverziia (Perversion) is forthcoming. Translations of Andrukhovych's poetry and prose have appeared in the literary journals Agni, Salt Hill, Exquisite Corpse and others. His works also have been translated into German, Finnish, Russian, and French. The reading will be in both Ukrainian and English.

Where: Mary Pickford Theatre (3rd floor, James Madison Memorial Building)
When: 2:30 pm





Wednesday, September 27, 2000

Bernard Werber, French author of eight books, including Empire of the Ants (1998) (Les Fourmis, 1991), Les Thanatonautes (1994), and current bestseller Empire des anges. Werber will read from and discuss his fiction, which combines science and history with mystery and suspense. In French and in English.

Sponsored by the European Division; Science, Technology and Business Division; La Table Française, L'Alliance Française de Washington, D.C. , LCPA, and the What IF...Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum.

Where: Mary Pickford Theatre
When: Noon




June 28-29, 2000

Cold War Archives in the Decade of Openness, a conference co-sponsored with the Department of Defense. Read a description of the conference from the Library of Congress Information Bulletin. You may also view the conference program.

Where: James Madison Memorial Building, 6th Floor, Dining Room A
When: June 28--1:30-4:30pm and 5:00-7:00pm keynote address; June 29--9:30-3:30pm




Thursday, June 15, 2000

Count Maurice Benyowsky: An 18th-Century World-Traveler from Slovakia is a seminar presented in cooperation with the Embassy of the Slovak Republic. The speakers will be: H.E. Dr. Géza Jeszenszky, Dr. Viera Vilhanová, Robert S. Cox, Dariusz Wisniewski, Paul Benyovszky, Matilda Pibernik-Benyovszky Novkovic, and Dr. Miroslav Musil.

Where: James Madison Memorial Building, 6th Floor, West Dining Room
When: Thursday, June 15, 2-6:00pm




Wednesday, June 14, 2000

From Gutenberg to E-Novels: Coping with Revolutions That Change the Course of Knowledge, will feature Mark Dimunation (Head of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division) and Rudolf Nink (University of Mannheim, Germany) in a program co-sponsored with the Goethe-Institut.

Where: Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119
When: Wednesday, June 14, 6:30pm




May 24-25, 2000

Saga Literature and the Shaping of Icelandic Culture, an international symposium open to the public, will include sessions on: "Sagas and the Icelandic Manuscript Tradition," "Sagas and Daily Life in the Icelandic Commonwealth," "Voyages and Travel in Medieval Europe as Depicted in Saga Literature," "Influence of the Sagas on Modern Nordic Literature," and "Saga Literature and its Relation to Modern Visual Arts and Music."

Where: Mumford Room, 6th floor, Madison Building
When: 1:20-5:00 p.m. on May 24; 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on May 25

May 24-July 15, 2000

In connection with the symposium, the exhibition Living and Reliving the Icelandic Sagas will be on view in the Jefferson Building. On display will be Icelandic family sagas, texts on the arrival of Christianity in Iceland, sagas that describe the Norse encounter with North America, and early Icelandic printed books. The materials in this unprecedented gathering of historic Icelandic manuscripts and books come from the National and University Library of Iceland, the Árni Magnússon Institute in Iceland, the Fiske Icelandic Collection of the Cornell University Library, the Icelandic Collection at the University of Manitoba Library, and the Library of Congress.

Where: Great Hall North
When: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday




Tuesday, April 11, 2000

Professors Finn Benestad and William H. Halverson will be discussing their joint work Edvard Grieg: Letters to Colleagues and Friends, the American edition of a large collection of Grieg's letters previously available only in the original Norwegian and German. Professor Benestad (University of Oslo) is a distinguished musicologist and Grieg scholar. Professor Halverson (Ohio State University) is a prize-winning translator and has written extensively about Grieg.

Where: Room 301, Third Floor, Library of Congress Madison Building
When: 12:00-1:00 pm




Wednesday, January 19, 2000

Sona Simková, Academy of Music and the Dramatic Arts, Bratislava, will speak on The Theater in Modern Slovak Culture.

Where: European Division Conference Room, LJ-250.
When: 12:00 Noon.




Wednesday, November 10, 1999

The European Division and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic present The Voice of Central Europe: Books and Publishing in Slovakia Today. Martin Bútora, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic will make introductory remarks; László Szigeti, the director of Kalligram publishing house, will speak on The History of Kalligram, a Multilingual Publishing House ; Rudolf Chmel, a literary critic, will speak on Central European Similarities and Differences ; and Lajos Grendel, the president of the Slovak PEN-Club, will read from his works.

Where: Dining Room A, James Madison Building
When: 6:30pm




Monday, November 8, 1999

The European Division and the Royal Netherlands Embassy present A Reading by Edith Velmans, author of Edith's Story.

Where: Southeast Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building
When: 6:30pm




Friday, October 29, 1999

The European Division and the Royal Norwegian Embassy present A Reading by Per Petterson, With an Introduction and Commentary by Kristin Brudevoll , Director of Norwegian Literature Abroad, with a book signing to follow.

Where: Mumford Room, James Madison Building
When: 6:30pm




Friday, October 22, 1999

The European Division, the Embassy of Italy, and the Italian Cultural Institute present An Encounter With Claudio Magris: A Reading from His Book Microcosms.

Where: Mumford Room, James Madison Building
When: 6:30pm




Wednesday, June 23, 1999

The European Division Library of Congress in cooperation with the Embassy of Slovenia present: The Throne of Poetry, which has the title of Handel's aria "Eternal Source of Light Divine," sung by soprano Ana Pusar Jeric. The performance provides the opportunity to merge four artistic activities: literature, opera, theater, and musis. Meta Kusar's poetry dealing with the state of the Slovenian nation is accompanied by Slovenian artists and musicians -- Stanko Arnold, Boris Sinigoj, Vladimir Jurc, Alojz Svete, Maks Strmcnik, and the Ljublana String Quartet.

Where: Montpelier Room, James Madison Building
When: 6:00-8:00pm




Friday, May 7, 1999

The European Division and the African and Middle Eastern Divisions present Elias V. Messinas, AssocAIA, who will discuss the Conservation Program of the Synagogue of Veroia, Greece.

Where: Dining Room A, Madison Building
When: 1:00 pm




Tuesday, March 2, 1999

Jaroslava Moserová, member of the Senate of the Czech Republic, will read her radio script: Letter to Wollongong.
Ms. Moserová, former Czechoslovak Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, is the author of many literary texts and translator of about 35 English-language books.

Where: Pickford Theater
When: Noon




Friday, February 5, 1999

The Library of Congress and the Embassy of the Republic of Germany present an evening with Uwe Timm, Encounters with the Most Acclaimed European Writers Series. Timm is a winner of the Literature Prize of the City of Bremen and the Munich Literature Award.

Where: Southeast Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building.
When: 6:45 pm, reception to follow.
RSVP: 202-298-4388




Thursday, December 10, 1998

The European Division and the Ukrainian Table present: Crisis and Reform: The Kyivan Metropolinate, the Patriarch of Constantinople, and the Genesis of the Union of Brest by Borys Gudziak, Director of the Institute of Church History (Lviv) and Vice-Rector, Lviv Theological Academy.

Where: Woodrow Wilson Room, LJ-113, 1st floor, off the Great Hall, Jefferson Building
When: 11-12 noon




Thursday, December 3, 1998

The Library of Congress Office of Scholarly Programs will present a Mellon Foreign Area Fellows Program Research Seminar. Dr. Kelly E. Smith, of the Department of Government, Hamilton College will present Russian Patriotism and Soviet Trophy Art: What to do with the Spoils of World War II.

Where: Dining Room A (LM 620), Madison Building
When: 12:15 pm




Monday, November 16, 1998

An evening with Enzo Siciliano, Italian writer and journalist.

Where: Mumford Room, James Madison Building
When: 6:45 pm, reception afterwards
RSVP: 202-387-5161, Ext. 3
This event is presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Italy.




Friday, November 6, 1998

Dzevad Karahasan, writer and scholar from Bosnia, will speak on Machine as Destiny.

Where: Mary Pickford Theater
When: 12-1pm
This event is presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Austria.




Wednesday, October 28, 1998

Carla Boogaards, Anna Enquist, and Elly DeWaard: An Evening With Carla Boogaards, Anna Enquist, and Elly DeWaard : Encounters with the Most Acclaimed European Writers Series (in cooperation with the Library of Congress Office of Scholarly Programs, the member states of the European Union, and the European Commission)

Where: Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
When: 6:45 pm




Thursday, October 8, 1998

The Birth of Czechoslovakia: October 1918, Seminar organized in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

Where: Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 113 (Woodrow Wilson Collection)
When: 8:45 am
Reception: 7:30 pm (Embassy of the Czech Republic)




Thursday, September 24, 1998

Hans J. Rosjorde, Vice President, Norwegian parliament: Recent Trends in Norwegian Politics

Where: European Division Conference Room, LJ-250
When: 12:00-1:00 pm




Friday, September 18, 1998

Stefan Hertmans, Professor, Academy of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium: An Evening with Stefan Hertmans.
Encounters with the Most Acclaimed European Writers Series (in cooperation with the Library of Congress Office of Scholarly Programs, the member states of the European Union, and the European Commission)

Where: Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
When: 6:45 pm




Wednesday, September 16, 1998

Stephen Burant, U.S. Department of State: Ukraine and Central Europe

Where: LJ-113, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 E. First St., S.E.
When: 12:00-1:00 pm




Tuesday, September 1, 1998

William C. Brumfield, Professor, Tulane University: Architecture of the Russian North: Vologda and Arkhangel'sk Provinces. Threatened Historic Churches and Dwellings of the Russian North

Where: Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
When: 3:00-5:00 pm

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