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Upcoming at the Kluge Center

MARCH 23, 2017, at 4 pm

Lecture: “Literary Afterlives of the Cuban and Angolan Revolutions

Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Lanie Millar, 2016 Kluge Fellow, Assistant Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon

Cuba and Angola are two nations linked by a history of Iberian colonization and leftist revolutions that triumphed in Cuba in 1959 and Angola in 1975. The recent histories of Cuba and Angola come into closer contact via the fifteen-year military collaboration between the two nations during Angola’s civil war (1975-2002). As the Cold War came to an end, however, Cuban and Angolan literature turned away from ideas of revolutionary utopia to disappointment with wartime violence, politically-motivated censorship and unresolved social realities. Kluge Fellow Lanie Millar discusses how recent Cuban and Angolan literature reexamines these histories of revolution.

APRIL 4, 2017, at 4 pm

Lecture: “Songs of Faith and Devotion: Discovery of the K'iche' coplas in Kislak ms. 1015”

Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Frauke Sachse, Kislak Fellow

The Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress houses a unique early colonial missionary document from Highland Guatemala. Manuscript 1015 is a small leather-bound handbook that was compiled from different types of texts in several Highland Mayan languages and probably served as a vademecum to a parish priest. While the compilation of the volume dates to 1567, most texts are copies of earlier documents. The most noteworthy of these is a collection of songs that can be linked to the evangelisation of the tierra de guerra ("Land of War") under Bartolomé de las Casas in 1537, and may, thus, turn out to be the earliest preserved doctrinal text in a Highland Maya language. This talk will give an overview on the initial findings of a joint research project with Garry Sparks (George Mason University).

APRIL 6, 2017, at 4 pm

Lecture: “The Cultural Memory of Robert Burns in 19th Century America”

Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Arun Sood, Fulbright Fellow

Though Robert Burns (1759-1796) is most commonly known as Scotland’s “National Poet”, he also made a significant impact in the United States of America during the late-18th and 19th centuries.  From Frederick Douglass to Ralph Waldo Emerson to groups of Southern secessionists, the life and work of Burns was frequently drawn upon and remediated to various ends.  During the Civil War, Burns’s songs were even appropriated by both Northern abolitionists and Confederate soldiers; proving just how malleable his work and reputation had become by the mid-19th century.  In this lecture, Fulbright Scholar and Kluge Fellow Arun Sood discusses the complex, layered and multi-faceted cultural memory of Robert Burns in the United States of America, c.1800-1900.

APRIL 13, 2017, at 4 pm

Lecture: "'How Long, Oh Lord, Do We Roam In the Wilderness?':  A History of School Librarianship"

Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Wayne Wiegand, Distinguished Visiting Scholar

The biblical passage in the title—quoted by a famous school library leader in a 1979 article—expresses school librarianship's decades-old frustration at being positioned between the education and library professions  and having its obvious contributions frequently overlooked and undervalued by both.  During his tenure at the Kluge Center Wiegand has been researching his current book project—a history of the American public-school library. The project incorporates five perspectives: the history of public-school education; the history of American librarianship; the social history of reading (including the history of print culture); the history of childhood; and the history of cultural institutions as places. Wiegand is the F. William Summers Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Studies and American Studies at Florida State University.

APRIL 20, 2017, at 4 pm

Lecture: “What Time Was the American Revolution? Reflections on a Familiar Narrative”

Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Timothy Breen, Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance 

This lecture challenges our traditional assumptions about the chronology of the American Revolution. T.H. Breen rejects a familiar story that begins in the early 1760s with the coronation of George III and then traces a slow buildup of grievances until the colonists declare independence and set the country on the road to the Constitution.  This talk introduces a radically different timeline that reinterprets the beginning and end of the Revolution and, in the process, restores the ordinary American people to the events that shaped the nation.  Breen is the William Smith Mason Professor of American History Emeritus at Northwestern University and the James Marsh Professor at-large at the University of Vermont.

JUNE 15-16, 2017: Congress & History Conference

The conference is an annual meeting of political scientists and historians focused on the examination of the United States Congress through a historical lens. This year’s conference is taking place in the magnificent Thomas Jefferson Building, just steps from the U.S. Capitol, and will focus on the evolution of congressional leadership, the role of party and committees, and legislative branch reform efforts. Learn more

Date/Time: Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., and Friday, June 16, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location: The John W. Kluge Center, Room LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building 

This conference is by invitation only, and an RSVP is required.

MAY 27, 2017, at 4 pm

Lecture: “Early Modern Globalization through a Jesuit Prism”

Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Jose Casanova, Kluge Chair in the Countries and Culture of the North

The Jesuits were arguably the first corporate group in history to think and to act globally.  In the early modern era Jesuits functioned as pioneer globalizers, making substantial contributions to the growth of connectivity and global consciousness around the world.  The lecture will examine the external and internal opportunity structures which made it possible for a Catholic missionary and teaching order such as the Society of Jesus to play such a prominent role as cultural brokers between East and West and North and South in the first phase of globalization.  Their global “way of proceeding,” however, became so controversial that at the end, enemies and friends conspired in their eventual suppression.  Looking at the Jesuits through the prism of globalization and at globalization through a Jesuit prism offers the opportunity to rethink some of the origins and characteristics of our contemporary global age. Jose Casanova is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs focusing on globalization, religion and the secular. 

 

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2016 Press Releases

November 15, 2016 (16-198)
Italian Art of Papermaking Is Subject of New Library Publication

November 2, 2016 (16-195)
Swann Foundation Now Accepting Fellowship Applications

October 12, 2016 (16-182)
Sociologist Bruce Carruthers to Discuss Trust and Credit in America, Oct. 28

September 29, 2016 (16-172)
Edward Widmer Appointed Director of The John W. Kluge Center

September 6, 2016 (16-151)
Toyin Falola Begins as Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South

September 6, 2016 (16-150)
Barry Posen Begins as Kissinger Chair

August 18, 2016 (16-137)
Wayne Wiegand Appointed Distinguished Visiting Scholar

August 15, 2016 (16-135)
Astrobiology Symposium to Explore the Emergence of Life, Sept. 15

July 29, 2016 (16-123)
Peace and the Quran Subject of Kluge Center Lecture

July 7, 2016 (16-113)
Peng Guoxiang Named Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North

June 28, 2016 (16-111)
Luis Campos Named Astrobiology Chair

June 21, 2016 (16-109)
Barry Posen Named Kissinger Chair

May 27, 2016 (16-095)
“Fathers of the Internet” Headline Saving the Web Symposium, June 16

May 11, 2016 (16-085)
Juan Cole Named Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South

May 10, 2016 (16-087)
Bruce Carruthers Named Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History

May 9, 2016 (16-086)
Peter Brooks to Discuss 1871 “Bloody Week” of Paris, June 2

April 25, 2016 (16-073)
John Sexton to Discuss the Future of American Research Universities, May 26

April 22, 2016 (16-072)
Bruce Jentleson to Discuss Transformational Statesmanship of 20th Century, May 19

April 14, 2016 (16-069)
Scientists to Discuss New Findings about Depression and Its Treatment, May 5

April 5, 2016 (16-064)
Wendy Hall Named Kluge Chair in Technology and Society

March 17, 2016 (16-054)
Norman Mineta and Alan Simpson to Discuss Privacy and Civil Liberties at the Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture, April 19

February 29, 2016 (16-046)
Four Pioneering Scientists to Discuss “The Origins of the RNA World,” March 17

February 11, 2016 (16-027)
Peter Brooks Appointed Distinguished Visiting Scholar

February 9, 2016 (16-028)
Maguire Lecture Rescheduled to April 26

January 8, 2016 (16-009)
John Sexton Named Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance

January 5, 2016 (16-003)
David Hollenbach to Discuss Humanitarian Crises and People Displaced by War

2015 Press Releases

November 19, 2015 (15-205)
Mary Dudziak to Discuss America’s Entry into World War I

October 30, 2015 (15-197)
John Witte to Discuss the Lasting Impact of the Protestant Reformation

October 23, 2015 (15-191)
Marie Arana Named Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South

October 16, 2015 (15-185)
Comfort Begins Tenure as Third Chair in Astrobiology

September 17, 2015 (15-162)
Ambassador Robert Gallucci to Serve as Director of the John W. Kluge Center

September 11, 2015 (15-160)
John Witte, Jr. Named Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North

August 11, 2015 (15-125)
Philosophers Habermas and Taylor to Share $1.5 Million Kluge Prize

July 28, 2015 (15-128)
Third Blumberg Dialogue to Focus on Astrobiology and the Arts

July 27, 2015 (15-127)
Mary Dudziak Named Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance

June 25, 2015 (15-114)
Sreten Ugričić Appointed Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Kluge Center

June 17, 2015 (15-109)
Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell Announced as Inaugural Speakers for Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture Series

June 12, 2015 (15-093)
Ed Ayers to Discuss “The Shape of the Civil War,” June 24

May 21, 2015 (15-088)
Top Scholars Engage in Rapid-Fire Dialogues at ScholarFest, June 11

May 8, 2015 (15-082)
Second Blumberg Dialogue on Astrobiology May 27-28

May 1, 2015 (15-074)
William Julius Wilson to Discuss Race and Economic Class, May 21

April 22, 2015 (15-070)
Bradford Lee to Lecture on U.S. Military Intervention in WWI

April 15, 2015 (15-067)
David Hollenbach Named to Maguire Chair at the Kluge Center

April 7, 2015 (15-055)
Nathaniel Comfort Named to Chair in Astrobiology at John W. Kluge Center

April 6, 2015 (15-054)
Bruce Jentleson Named Kissinger Chair at John W. Kluge Center

April 2, 2015 (15-046)
Kluge Center Celebrates 15 Years with ScholarFest June 10-11

March 11, 2015 (15-036)
Kislak Lecture to Examine Forensic Imaging of Historic Manuscripts

March 2, 2015 (15-033)
First Blumberg Dialogue to Focus on Astrobiology and Religion

February 11, 2015 (15-025)
William Julius Wilson Named Kluge Chair

January 9, 2015 (15-003)
Kluge Center Announces Blumberg Dialogue Series in Astrobiology

2014 Press Releases

October 28, 2014 (14-191)
Bradford Lee Appointed Kissinger Chair

October 14, 2014 (14-180)
McAuliffe to Serve as Director of John W. Kluge Center

October 10, 2014 (14-182)
How Discovery of Life in the Universe Will Transform Our Thinking

August 15, 2014 (14-146)
Astrobiology Symposium “Preparing for Discovery” Explores Impact of Finding Life Beyond Earth, Sept. 18-19

June 30, 2014 (14-115)
Origins of the Tet Offensive, 1958 Referendum in French West Africa Subject of July Lectures

May 27, 2014 (14-091)
Kluge Center Hosts Astrobiology and Theology Discussion June 18

February 21, 2014 (14-030)
Lecture Series Looks at Foreign Policy Through the Lens of Realpolitik

February 3, 2014 (14-017)
Scholars to Discuss World Christianity, Immigration and the United States, Feb. 26

January 10, 2014 (14-006)
Leading Authorities in Astrobiology to Discuss the Societal Implications of the Search for Life in the Universe

January 2, 2014 (14-002)
Robin Lovin to Discuss Moral Vocabulary in Politics, Jan. 23

2013 Press Releases

October 18, 2013 (13-177)
John Bew Named Kissinger Chair at John W. Kluge Center

October 17, 2013 (13-179)
New Chair in Astrobiology at Kluge Center Arrives Nov. 1

September 30, 2013 (13-171)
Scholars to Discuss World Christianity, Immigration and the U.S.

September 13, 2013 (13-158)
Shrinking Moral Vocabulary in Politics

August 15, 2013 (13-142)
Longevity of Human Civilization Symposium at Kluge Center

August 5, 2013 (13-140)
Former College President Appointed Distinguished Visiting Scholar

June 21, 2013 (13-123)
Scholar Uncovers the Autobiographies of India, July 11

June 11, 2013 (13-115)
Kluge Center Announces Summer 2013 Lecture Season

May 20, 2013 (13-103)
Morton Kondracke to Discuss the Life and Career of Jack Kemp, June 4

April 30, 2013 (13-083)
Steven Dick Named Chair in Astrobiology at Kluge Center

April 15, 2013 (13-074)
"The Ike Age: Eisenhower, America & the World of the 1950s," Lecture

April 8, 2013 (13-067)
"Why Two in One Flesh? The Western Case for Monogamy over Polygamy" April 30

March 27, 2013 (13-061)
Advisory: Igniting Conversations, Illuminating Minds, April 29-May 2

March 13, 2013 (13-049)
Indian Historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam Appointed Chair At The John W. Kluge Center

February 15, 2013 (13-027)
Scholars to Examine Human & Moral Relationship to the Environment

January 31, 2013 (13-018)
Library of Congress Seeks Applicants for Fellowships in the John W. Kluge Center

January 31, 2013 (13-016)
Robin Lovin Named to the Cary & Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History

January 18, 2013 (13-010)
Kluge Center Announces Winter/Spring Lecture Season

 

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Celebrating 15 Years

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A record Kluge Prize, the first ever #ScholarFest & the inaugural Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Lecture cap a celebration of 15 years of The John W. Kluge Center.

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