Profile: Anchi Hoh

Program Management

Anchi joined the Library in 2000. During her tenure, she has worked in different parts of the Library, including AMED, where she served as a technician; ABA, where she catalogued Arabic books; and the Asian Division, where she served as Special Assistant to the Chief and various leadership roles with management and supervisory responsibilities in that division. She was a 2010-2011 Library’s Leadership Development Program Fellow. Most recently, as Program Management Specialist in the Office of the Librarian, Anchi was a part of the team with responsibility for central management of the Library, overseeing a wide range of the Library’s operations, programs and initiatives involving all areas of the institution. Anchi holds a BA in Arabic Language and Literature from National Cheng-Chi University in Taiwan, an Arabic Studies Certificate from the Kuwait University, a MA in Jewish Studies from Gratz College in Philadelphia, a MLS from the University of Maryland, a MA and a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Manchester in England. Her academic interests include Xinjiang, cross regional studies, and women in the Middle East. One of her most recent publications is an edited volume, titled East by Mid-East: Studies in Cultural, Historical and Strategic Connectivities, published in 2013.

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Not at All Quiet on the Western Front: The Great War Initiation of a Hollywood Veteran

Born in 1896, Friedrich Holländer, known better in the United States as Frederick Hollander, seemed destined for musical greatness, if only judging by his family credentials. While serving as musical director for a German army theater during World War I, Hollander kept two scrapbooks, now in the possession of the Library of Congress. They offer an intimate view into wartime life on the front, tracking the countless performances for troops at theaters in occupied towns.
(The following is a cross-post by Zachary Maiorana. It originally appeared on the In the Muse Blog.)
Zachary Maiorana interned in the European Division this summer updating lists of e-resources that are especially valuable for European studies. He alternated with interning at the Smithsonian, as well. Zach graduated in May from Ohio State University with a B.A. in an Honors program which included English and Linguistics and minors in History and German.

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Category: History

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The Seven Voyages of Sindbad the Sailor

Of all the tales of “The Arabian Nights,” or the “Thousand and One Nights” those of the seven voyages of Sindbad the Sailor are perhaps the most familiar to people around the world. However, the stories featured in those various films and publications are unrelated to the original tales that we associate with the “The Arabian Nights.”
(The following is a post by Mary-Jane Deeb, Chief of the African and Middle Eastern Division.)
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¡Olé! : Spain and Its “Fiesta Nacional”

If you drive down a major Spanish highway, there’s a good chance that you’ll see a very large black bull silhouetted on a hill in the distance. How large? This particular variety of bull stands about 46 feet tall!
The image resonated with Spaniards because throughout Spain’s history, nothing has come to define the country and its character more than the Spanish bull and bullfighting, or “La Fiesta Nacional,” (The National Fiesta) as it is commonly known in the country.
(The following is a post by Juan Manuel Pérez, Reference Specialist, Hispanic Division.)
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The Art of Reading Runes

Many students in today’s globalized world learn more than one script in order to prepare for the future. However, not too many immerse themselves in writing systems of the past. Things were different for 19th-century school children in Sweden.
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(The following is a post by Taru Spiegel, Reference Specialist, European Division.)

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