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Upcoming Kluge Center Events

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm

The Future of Political Parties
Montpelier Room, Madison Building

The U.S. has a growing number of citizens who do not identify with either of the parties that comprise our two-party political system. This trend has implications for not just the parties themselves, but the entire American system of government. The Kluge Center is hosting an afternoon symposium for congressional staff and members of the public with an interest in our political system to explore the potential impacts that this phenomena will have on the future of political parties and American politics in general. For this discussion, Kluge Director John Haskell will moderate a bipartisan panel that includes political scientist Seth Masket, the incoming Kluge Chair on American Law and Governance; National Affairs Editor Yuval Levin; and GMU’s Jennifer Victor. The event is being cohosted by the University of Denver.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 4:00 pm

Book Talk with Dr. Bruce Jentleson
LJ-119, Jefferson Building

The Kluge Center, in partnership with the Center for the Book, will be hosting a book talk with former Kluge Kissinger Chair, Dr. Bruce Jentleson, about his new book The Peacemakers. Based on extensive research Jentleson conducted here at the Library, The Peacemakers explores how a variety of twentieth-century leaders “rewrote the scripts they were handed to make breakthroughs on issues long thought intractable.”  For the event, Kluge Director Dr. John Haskell will interview Jentleson about the book, his research process, and the lessons that can be drawn for statesmanship in today’s global environment. Book signing to follow.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 4:00pm

EU Month of Culture: Defining Italian-American Identity through Opera
LJ-119, Jefferson Building

Kluge Center Director Dr. John Haskell will interview Dr. Davide Ceriani about his project, titled, “Defining Italian Cultural Identity in American Urban Centers through Opera from Mass Migration to World War II.”  Ceriani’s interdisciplinary, multi-lingual research aims to fill a significant gap in immigration history, which at least in the case of Italian-Americans has focused primarily on socioeconomic improvement and only occasionally on the arts; with few exceptions, opera in particular has been ignored.   Kluge will also host a small display of corresponding items from the Library’s collections in LJ-113.

During the European Month of Culture the EU highlights the diverse cultures of the 28 European Union Member States for American audiences. During May, the EU is sponsoring musical performances, art exhibits and tours, film screenings, and lectures at the National Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Folger Shakespeare Library, NYU Washington, Dumbarton Oaks, EU Embassies, EU Cultural Institutes, and here at the John W. Kluge Center.

Thursday, June 7, 2018, 2:00pm

The Bible in American History
LJ-119, Jefferson Building

The historical influence of the Bible is difficult to parse, not least because it was a ubiquitous text interpreted in disparate ways. Historians Mark Noll and Lincoln Mullen will examine how traditional and digital historical methods can be used to understand the Bible’s influence. Noll, the author of “In the Beginning Was the Word: The Bible in American Public Life, 1492-1783” (Oxford UP, 2015), will focus on traditional archival research methods, based on years of exploration in the Library of Congress and other major libraries. Mullen, who is currently writing “America’s Public Bible: Biblical Quotations in U.S. Newspapers” (forthcoming from Stanford UP in 2018), will showcase how he is using digital text analysis to find biblical quotations in database repositories, including the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America newspaper collection.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 10:00 am

A Conversation with Walter Isaacson
Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building

NIO Deputy Director Dr. Colleen Shogan will interview renowned author, journalist and historian Walter Isaacson. The conversation will focus on his study of a wide-range of historical innovators, including his recent work on Leonardo da Vinci, and his earlier work looking at Steve Jobs, and Benjamin Franklin. Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve JobsEinstein: His Life and UniverseBenjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Book signing to follow.


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2018 News Releases

February 9, 2018  (18-011)
Kluge Center Convenes Symposium on 1619's Cultural Exchange

March 7, 2018  (18-024)
Prize for American Fiction Winner Denis Johnson to Be Honored Posthumously

April 9, 2018  (18-041)
Kluge Center Hosts Conversation on Big Data and Its Impact on Democracy

April 23, 2018  (18-049)
Library of Congress Appoints Inaugural Jay I. Kislak Chair for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas

April 23, 2018  (18-057)
Columnist Anne Applebaum Kicks Off a Busy May at Library's Kluge Center


2017 Press Releases

November 29, 2017 (17-173)
Kluge Fellow To Present Cutting-Edge Research on Social Media and Politics

November 13, 2017 (17-169)
Library to Host Symposium on Early Research of Papers of King George III

October 30, 2017 (17-162)
Kluge Center Lectures to Explore Early Mapping in China, Persia

September 21, 2017 (17-135)
John Haskell Named Director of John W. Kluge Center

September 8, 2017 (17-124)
Library Astrobiology Symposium Explores "Life As It Could Be"

July 10, 2017 (17-094)
Walkowicz Named Astrobiology Chair at Kluge Center

April 7, 2017 (17-047)
Kluge Center to Host Panel on Religious Belief in American History, May 4

March 27, 2017 (17-039)
Wayne Wiegand, Timothy Breen, and Jose Casanova To Deliver Kluge Center Lectures

March 2, 2017 (17-025)
Discussion on "Fiction, Faith and the Imagination" To Honor Marilynne Robinson

January 12, 2017 (17-002)
New Scholars Working on American Film, History and Library Studies Arrive at Kluge Center

2016 Press Releases

December 1, 2016 (16-206)
Symposium on Contemporary African Immigrants in the United States, Dec. 15

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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