As many know, I’ve recently been curating a series of five lectures and screenings for the exhibition Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage running from September 4, 2015 to November 15, 2015 at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in concert with the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.
The next event has just been announced and details for it appear below:
Origins of a Contemporary Crisis: Secret Middle Eastern Diplomacy During and After World War I
Please join the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum for a free public program, Origins of a Contemporary Crisis: Secret Middle Eastern Diplomacy During and After World War I on October 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Dr. James L. Gelvin, Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will discuss how World War I and the combination of the wartime and postwar agreements permanently shaped the modern Middle East.
Dr. James L. Gelvin is a specialist in the modern social and cultural history of the Arab East. He is the author of four books including:
- The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know;
- The Modern Middle East: A History;
- The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War; and
- Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire.
October 18, 2015
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage
September 4, 2015 to November 15, 2015
On September 4, 2015, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum opened a new exhibition, Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage. The exhibit details the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community in Iraq from a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, and the National Archives’ ongoing work in support of U.S. Government efforts to preserve and make these materials available online. In both English and Arabic, the 2,000 square foot exhibit features 23 recovered original items and a “behind the scenes” look at the fascinating, yet painstaking, preservation process.
The Jews of Iraq have a rich past, extending 2500 years to Babylonia. These materials provide a tangible link to this community that flourished there, but in the second half of the twentieth century dispersed throughout the world. Today fewer than five Jews remain.
Discovery and Recovery was created by the National Archives and Records Administration, with generous support from the U.S. Department of State.
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The Richard Presidential Library and Museum is one of 13 Presidential Libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. The Nixon Library is located at 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA, and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The Museum is fully handicapped accessible. For more information call 714-983-9120 or go to www.nixonlibrary.gov.
The Richard Nixon Foundation is a privately supported, non-profit institution dedicated to educating the public about the life, legacy, and times of the Thirty-Seventh President. For more information call 714-993-5075 or go to www.nixonfoundation.org.