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Upcoming Kluge Center Events

November 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Lecture: "Morality, Contraception, and Liberal Religion in Post War America," with Samira Mehta

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

The intersection of religion and contraception is generally perceived in oppositional terms by most Americans because current socio-political divides. However, in the 1950s and 60s one of the most significant groups to advocate for the development and dissemination of contraception were Protestant and Jewish clergy.

Dr. Samira K. Mehta is wrapping-up her year as a David Larson Fellow at the Kluge Center, where she has been studying the history of contraception and religion in America for a new book: “God Bless the Pill: Sexuality, Contraception, and American Religion.”   For her required public lecture to close-out her fellowship, Dr. Mehta would like to discuss how these clergy framed the need for contraception in theological terms—including morally inflected understandings of marriage and the family and Biblically based commandments to care for the earth. This talk forefronts the role of ministers and rabbis in using their clerical authority to make contraception socially acceptable, but also in in creating a moral language that would be used in support of birth control long after religious voices were the movement’s strongest advocates.

November 9 at 4:00 p.m.

Lecture: "Mapping the Landscape: Vision, Memory and Place-making," with Dr. Xin Wu

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

To cap off her time at the Library, Professor Wu will present a richly illustrated public lecture that will explore the story of mapping the landscape in 12th-century China, when the center of politics and economy was shifting from the North to the South, and military defeats spurred a new search of identity. This interdisciplinary talk, entitled “Mapping the Landscape: Vision, Memory and Place-making,” will cross-examine visual, physical and textual materials in poetry, paintings, prints, architecture, gardens, landscape, and philosophy, and explore the impact of pedagogy and ritual upon vision and place-making, as well as the relationship between education and natural environment.

Xin Conan-Wu is an Associate Professor of art & art history at the College of William & Mary. She specializes in the history of the representation of nature in East Asia art (2D & 3D), and global contemporary environmental art and landscape architecture. As a Kluge fellow for the last year, Professor Wu has leveraged the Library’s collections to help develop a book manuscript on “Vision and Place-making in the neo-Confucian Academies of Song China.”

November 17 at 4:00 p.m.

Lecture: "Mapping a Persian Literary Sphere, 1500-1900," with Dr. Kevin Schwartz

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

For several centuries, Persian literary culture shaped the socio-political and intellectual environments of the greater Islamic world, in particular in the territories and diverse societies of West, Central, and South Asia. Persian cultural traditions helped dynasties manage empires and enabled inter-imperial communication. Interest in Persian language and culture promoted cross- regional fertilization among poets and authors. The common language and cultural focus allowed such groups to travel across borders in search of professional opportunities or personal enrichment. Over the centuries, despite political upheavals and dynastic conflicts, the position of Persian as the dominant cultural-linguistic force survived across large parts of the eastern Islamic world.

In this presentation Dr. Kevin Schwartz uses tazkirahs – authoritative collections of Persian literary works – to map divergent conceptualizations of the world of Persian literary culture. By connecting tazkirahs to one another through their geographically and historically diverse use of documented sources and methods of cataloguing and classification, Dr. Schwartz shines light on how different individuals demarcated the conceptual and geographic boundaries of the nineteenth century Persianate world and shows the hidden value of the tazkirah genre as a historical source for documenting the intellectual, social, and cultural life in the wider Persianate world.

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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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