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June 26, 1995

Lecture on Persian Culture at Library of Congress on July 14

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, university professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University, will lecture on "The Components and Aspects of Persian Culture" on Friday, July 14, in the fourth of a series of programs celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Library of Congress's Near East Section.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the Library's James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue S.E.

Professor Nasr has written extensively about Islamic history, philosophy, and religion. Among his most recent publications are two 1995 books, "Muhammad: Man of Allah" and "Mawlana Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism".

The program is the final lecture in the series planned by the Near East Section in its anniversary celebration aimed at creating greater awareness of the rich resources at the Library and a better understanding of the varied aspects of Middle Eastern cultures. It was arranged by Ibramin V. Pourhadi, area specialist in Iranian studies in the Near East Section.

The series of 50th anniversary programs will conclude with a seminar on "Arab American Cultural Relations-Past, Present, and Future" from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday September 29, also in the Mumford Room. An exhibition on "Hearts and Minds Without Boundaries: The Near East Experience" is planned in conjunction with the seminar.

Parking for the evening of July 14 will be available in the Madison Building garage, through its entrance on Second Street, between Independence Avenue and C Street, but parking reservations must be made with the Library's Special Events Office at (202) 707- 5218 by July 7.

As for all Library public programs, interpreting services (American Sign Language, Contact Signing, Oral and Tactile) will be provided on request if placed six business days in advance of the lecture. Call (202) 707-6362, TTY and voice, to make a specific request. For other ADA accommodations, contact the Disability Employment office at (202) 707-9948 TTY and (202) 707-7544 voice.

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PR 95-091
ISSN 0731-3527

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