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“B.R. Ambedkar: The Life of the Mind and a Life in Politics”

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 4:00 p.m. 
LJ-113, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

A biography and intellectual history of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar: politician, jurist, leader of the "untouchable" Dalits, founder of a sect of Neo-Buddhism, and principal architect of the Constitution of India. With Ananya Vajpeyi, intellectual historian based at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi; Global Ethics Fellow with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York; and Kluge Fellow at The John W. Kluge Center.


“Mapping New World Peoples in Renaissance Europe”

Tuesday, December 3, 2014, 12:00 p.m. 
Geography and Map Division Research Center, Room B-01, Basement, James Madison Memorial Building (view map)

Kislak Fellow Surekha Davies discusses how Renaissance mapmakers devised distinctive motifs for the inhabitants of different parts of the Americas, and how images of Brazilian cannibals or Patagonian giants, for example, were careful syntheses that helped mapmakers market their works as uniquely suited for comparing the influence of environment on human bodies and temperaments.

Co-sponsored by the Geography and Map Division


“American Centuries: Henry Wallace, Herbert Hoover, and Cold War America's Rise in the World”

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 12:00 p.m. 
LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Kevin Kim, Senior Lecturer in History at Vanderbilt University and 2014 Jameson Fellow in American History at The John W. Kluge Center, discusses how prominent New Dealer and former U.S. vice-president Henry Wallace and former U.S. president and revived Cold War statesman Herbert Hoover challenged and often transformed America and the world’s experiences in the Cold War.

Co-sponsored by the American Historical Association


“Do We Mean What We See?” A Lecture on Visual Thinking

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 4:00 p.m. -- new time
LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Peter Zilahy addresses the “iconic turn” in philosophy and challenges the audience to think by seeing. One of Hungary’s internationally successful writers, Zilahy has written four books and works in all genres including essays and opinion pieces for The New York Times and The Guardian. His dictionary novel, The Last Window Giraffe, has been translated into 22 languages. Zilahy has given lectures at New York University, Tufts University and Cambridge University among others. Zilahy is in residence at The John W. Kluge Center as a BMI-Kluge Fellow.


“The Swastika Epidemic: Jewish Politics and Human Rights in the Cold War 1960s”

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 12:00 p.m. 
LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Kluge Fellow James Loeffler shares research from his book-in-progress, a dual history of international human rights and Jewish politics across the twentieth century. His focus will be the outbreak of global antisemitism in 1960 that prompted a United Nations investigation, resulting in the creation of the world's first international law against racism and the new ideological charge: "Zionism is Racism."

Co-sponsored by the Hebrew Language Table of the Library of Congress

Upcoming Deadlines

December 1
Application deadline for the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology.

December 6
Application deadline for the Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies.

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2014 News 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 News 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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