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Upcoming at the Kluge Center


“The Indians’ Capital City: Native Histories of Washington D.C.”

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Kluge Fellow Joseph Genetin-Pilawa presents part of his larger study of the Indigenous histories of Washington, D.C. Genetin-Pilawa argues that far from the passive victims or violent interlopers depicted in much of the iconography of the capital, visiting Native diplomats and as well as residents in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries engaged with the messages encoded on the urban landscape. In so doing, they challenged narratives of settler colonialism, claimed and reclaimed the space of the city, and shaped the development of the United States’ capital as it evolved from a local village to a global metropolis.

Co-sponsored by the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution

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Annual Jay I. Kislak Lecture

“Shedding Light on Antiquity: The Forensic Imaging and Study of Ancient, Medieval and Modern Manuscripts”

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m. 
The L. Quincy Mumford Room, James Madison Memorial Building, 6th Floor (view map)

A lecture by Michael Toth, President, R.B. Toth Associates, followed by a roundtable discussion with Kislak collection curator John Hessler, Mike Toth, William Noel (University of Pennsylvania), Chet Van Duzer (John Carter Brown Research Fellow) and Fenella France (Chief, Preservation, Research & Testing Division, Library of Congress). Learn more

The Kislak Lecture is one component of the Kislak American Studies Program established at the Library of Congress in 2004 by the Jay I. Kislak Foundation. The Kislak gift includes an important collection of books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas. It contains some of the earliest records of indigenous peoples in North America, as well as superb objects from the discovery, contact and colonial periods, especially for the areas of Florida, the Caribbean and Mesoamerica. Visit the online exhibition.


“Birth of a Dancing Nation: Reflections on the Centennial of Denishawn, America’s First Dance Company and School”

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12:00 p.m. -- new time
LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Between 1915-1930, dancers Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn founded and helmed Denishawn, the first U.S. modern dance company and school. ACLS Burkhardt Fellow Paul Scolieri examines one of the most radical experiments of the American stage, which transformed prevailing perceptions of dancing as a degenerate activity into a beloved national theatre art. The presentation will include archival films and photographs to illuminate the company’s enduring impact on American dance history.


“Ten Meters Down: Moral Depth in a Chinese Tomb”

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

In 2006, tomb robbers in Shaanxi discovered what is now recognized as the most complete eleventh century family cemetery ever found in China. The excavation of the site, and the story of the family buried there, raises profound questions about our responsibilities to the dead. Kluge Fellow Jeffrey Moser's talk considers the depth of burial, as a matter of moral practice, human labor, and the horizon of memory.


“Diaghilev’s 'Time Travelling' Italian Scores”

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
LJ-113, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Kluge Fellow Elia Corazza investigates the collaboration between Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929), founder of The Ballets Russes (1909-1929), and the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936), which led to the production of La Boutique fantastique (Rossini-Respighi, 1919), Le Astuzie femminili (Cimarosa-Respighi, 1920), and the recently discovered La Serva padrona (Paisiello-Respighi, 1920). Corazza explores their contributions to the changes to musical style that followed the First World War, such as the emergence of the so-called neoclassicism, and argues that this stylistic shift inaugurated a new repertory of modernist music for ballet based on pre-romantic models.

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“Navigating the Blood-Dimmed Tides: Was U.S. Military Intervention in the First World War Worth the Cost?”

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

In the wake of US intervention in the First World War many American citizens were disillusioned with the results. When the Second World War followed little more than two decades later, the endgame of the First World War was, in the minds of American leaders, a tragedy not to play again. Now, with the centennial of US entry into war in 1917 approaching in 2017, and with Americans disappointed with the results of recent military efforts, the time is ripe for a new look at Woodrow Wilson’s immersion of the United States in the blood-dimmed tides of major warfare. Kissinger Chair Bradford Lee will perform a Clausewitzian critical analysis of how the United States waged war and negotiated peace from 1917 to 1919 and a strategic audit of whether the value of victory was worth the costs of achieving it.


“The Digital Traces of User-generated Content: How Social Media Data May Become the Historical Sources of the Future”

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Katrin Weller, one of two inaugural Kluge Fellows in Digital Studies at the Library of Congress, argues that big data from social media and online communication channels are valuable sources which need to be understood now in order to be preserved effectively for future historians.

Kluge Conversations

Unique, cross-disciplinary dialogues among scholars at the Kluge Center

Blumberg Dialogues on Astrobiology - Part II

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 3:30 p.m. 
LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Part two of a three-part dialogue series that will convene scientists, social scientists, humanities scholars and writers from across the country and around the world to investigate the intersection of astrobiology research with humanistic and societal concerns. Part of the Kluge Center’s Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Astrobiology Program. Learn more

Subsequent dialogue dates:

  • Part III - Thursday, August 6, 2015

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“The Shape of the Civil War”

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Today, the American Civil War seems settled, even inevitable. But a remarkable vision from 1897, held in the Library of Congress, challenges the way we usually think of the war and offers a bridge to our own digital era. A special lecture by Ed Ayers, author, historian and President of the University of Richmond.

Upcoming Deadlines

April 17
Application deadline for the Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality.

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2015 News Releases

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 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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