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Upcoming Events of the African and Middle Eastern Division:

New! Starting from July 12, 2021, the African and Middle Eastern Reading Room will provide access by appointment only between the hours of 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Read important information here. Please submit an Ask a Librarian form or call (202) 707-4188 to schedule an appointment.
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Past Events:


Thursday, June 10, 2021
The Hebraic Section presented a book talk, "Modernist Art in Ethiopia," by Prof. Elizabeth W. Giorgis, Associate Professor of Art History, Criticism and Theory in the College of Performing and Visual Art and the Center for African and Asian Studies at Addis Ababa University. The talk was based on her book, Modernist Art in Ethiopia (Ohio University Press, 2019). Prof. Giorgis discussed modernist Ethiopian art as an essential tool in understanding modern-day Ethiopians and the direction they are heading as a nation.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
The African Section presented a book talk, "Modern South African Cinemas: Race, Nation Building, and What It Means to Lose the UCT African Film Collection to the Recent Wildfire," by Dr. Cara Moyer-Duncan, associate professor at Emerson College. Moyer-Duncan talked about her book, Projecting Nation: South African Cinemas after 1994. She also discussed the recent fire at the University of Cape Town’s Jagger Reading Room and the destruction of the African Film Collection, which she relied upon for her research.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
The African Section and the Africa Society jointly organized a presentation, "Conversation with Irenosen Iseghohi-Okojie," an interview with Nigerian-born short story writer and novelist Irenosen Iseghohi-Okojie. Okojie discussed her recently published short story ‘Grace Jones’ (2019), winner of the 2020 AKO Caine Prize.
View a webcast of this program.

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

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

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

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

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