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LANGUAGE & CULTURE

 

DATABASES

  • AtoZ World Food
    A comprehensive food database that contains traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world.

  • AtoZ World Travel
    A comprehensive travel resource with information about food, culture, language, and more.

 

DIGITAL SERVICES

  • Gale Language Courses
    Courses are led by expert instructors, run for six weeks, and new sessions begin on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.

  • Kanopy
    Global studies and language courses and movies.

  • Mango Languages
    Mango is an online language-learning system with over 70 different language courses and 18 ESL courses.

  • Rocket Languages
    Interactive audio, language and cultural lessons with reinforcement activities to help learn a foreign language.

  • Universal Class
    Travel, cultural and cooking courses.
    (Register for classes here.)

 

 

ARAB AMERICAN HERITAGE

 

CATALOG LINKS

Arabic
Arab Americans
Arab Countries
Arab Folklore
Arab Spring
Middle Eastern Cooking

 

WEBSITES

Arab American National Museum
The Arab American National Museum (AANM), located in Dearborn, Michigan, is the first and only museum in the United States devoted to Arab American history and culture. Arab Americans have enriched the economic, political and cultural landscape of American life. The Arab American National Museum documents, preserves and presents the history, culture and contributions of Arab Americans.

Arab American Institute
Established in 1985 and based in Washington, DC, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a non-profit, nonpartisan national leadership organization. AAI was created to nurture and encourage the direct participation of Arab Americans in political and civic life in the United States.

 

 

ETHIOPIAN CULTURE

 

CATALOG LINKS

Amharic
Ethiopia
Eritrea
Ethiopian Americans
Ethiopian Folklore
Ethiopian Food

 

WEBSITES

Ethiopian Community Center (DC)
Empowers immigrants from Africa and other countries to become self-sufficient and contributing members of the society

Ethiopian Community Development Council (Arlington)
A National Voluntary Agency, authorized by the U.S. Department of State, to resettle refugees.

 

 

JEWISH HERITAGE

 

CATALOG LINKS

Jewish Cooking
Jews--History
Judaism
Yiddish Language--History
Yiddish Wit and Humor

 

WEBSITES

Judaism 101
An encyclopedia of information about Judaism, Jewish practices, holidays, people and beliefs.

My Jewish Learning
Thousands of articles, videos and other resources navigate all aspects of Judaism and Jewish life — from food to history to beliefs and practices.

Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life
A history of Alexandria's Jewish community

Jewish Heritage Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society. 

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The United States' official memorial to the Holocaust. Adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the USHMM provides for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history.

 

 

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE

 

CATALOG LINKS

Asian American History
Pacific Islander American Biographies
Asian Cooking

 

WEBSITES

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
A national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
A migratory museum that brings history, art and culture to you through innovative museum experiences and digital initiatives.

 

 

HISPANIC HERITAGE

 

CATALOG LINKS

Basque
Hispanic
Latin-American
Latina
Latino
Portugal

WEBSITES

Hispanic Heritage Month
A collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration designed to showcase the cultural and historical impacts of Hispanic Americans.

Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Established by The White House in 1987, the Hispanic Heritage Foundations' (HHF) mission is to inspire, prepare, and position Latino leaders in the classroom, community, and workforce to meet America's priorities.

Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations
The Virginia Coalition Organizations of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO) is a coalition of non-profit organizations serving and supporting the Latino/Hispanic immigrant communities in Virginia. 

Virginia Hispanic Chamber
The mission of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber is to build bridges in order to create, promote and enhance business opportunities for our membership by providing linkage with special emphasis on the Hispanic community.

Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Hispanic Employment Program
The purpose of the Hispanic Employment special Emphasis Program is to help identify and eliminate actual and perceived recruitment and employment inequities (if any exist), which may adversely affect Hispanic employees, and to identify areas with less than expected participation and under-utilization of Hispanics in VA's workforce.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institue, Inc.
CHCI is the nation's leading non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides scholarships, internships, fellowships and other education and career services for Latino youth.

 

 

NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE

 

CATALOG LINKS

Native Americans
Native American Cooking
Native American Folklore
North America Native Indians
North American Native Indian Art
North American Native Indian Women

 

WEBSITES

Native American Heritage Month
A month-long celebration and recognition of the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States.

Native American Heritage at the National Archives
Information, records, and documents relating to American Indians from 1774 through the mid 1990s.

Native American Hertiage from the National Park Service
Information about places, people, stories and collections of Native Americans from across the United States.

Running Strong For American Indian Youth (Alexandria)
Helps American Indian people meet their immediate survival needs while creating opportunities for self-sufficiency and self-esteem in American Indian youth.