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The John W. Kluge Center brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library's rich resources, and to interact with policymakers and the public.

The John W. Kluge Center
Kluge Prize
Unique Opportunities for Scholars
Lectures and Conversations

The Kluge Prize

The Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity recognizes individuals whose outstanding scholarship in the humanities and social sciences has shaped both public affairs and civil society. The Prize is ordinarily a $1 million award.

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Chairs & Fellowships

The Kluge Center invites and welcomes more than 100 top scholars per year into periods of residence at the Library of Congress to conduct wide-ranging scholarship and to interact with political Washington. Opportunities include:

Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology
Deadline December 1  

Kluge Fellowships in Digital Studies
Apply by December 6

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The Kluge Center offers public lectures, conferences, discussions and other programs, mostly in support of and based on our residential scholars' work. Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public. Upcoming events include:

"A Bullet in the Chamber: The Politics of Catastrophe and the Declaration of World War I"
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 4:00 p.m.

"The Last Mission: The Legacy of a Lost World War II Bomber Crew"
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 4:00 p.m.

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The Kluge Center blog, "Insights," shares the research of top scholars at the Library of Congress. Read the latest post:

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A Celebration of 15 Years

The Kluge Center marked its 15th anniversary in 2015 with a celebration titled #ScholarFest. More than 70 top scholars—all former residents at the Kluge Center—convened on Capitol Hill for two days of discussion and reflection. Watch the videos

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The Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture Series

The John W. Kluge Center and Daniel K. Inouye Institute launched a five-year lecture series in 2015 on themes that reflect Sen. Inouye’s legacy of public service and civic engagement. The inaugural event, "Finding Shared Values for U.S. Foreign Policy," featured Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell. Watch

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The Kluge Center on C-SPAN

Interviews with Kluge scholars plus lectures and scholarly programs. Watch

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About John W. Kluge

John W. KlugeThe Kluge Center is enabled through the vision and generosity of the late philanthropist John W. Kluge.

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