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Upcoming at the Kluge Center


“Family Matters: Testing Paternity in the Twentieth Century”

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Long before daytime television and celebrity tabloids, scientists from around the world sought to develop a test of biological paternity. ACLS Burkhardt Fellow Nara Milanich offers a social and cultural history that traces parentage testing from its origins in the 1920s to the present, exploring how and why identity and descent first became scientific problems and the consequences of testing for men, women, and children, states and societies, kinship and citizenship.

Kluge Conversations

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

Blumberg Dialogues on Astrobiology - Part I

“Astrobiology and the Religious Imagination: Reexamining Notions of Creation, Humanity, Selfhood, and the Cosmos”

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 3:30 p.m. 
LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Part one 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 II - Thursday, May 28, 2015
  • Part III - Thursday, August 6, 2015

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“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.

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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).

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, 4:00 p.m.
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.


“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)

Using his extensive background in strategy and history, Kissinger Chair Bradford Lee examines the objectives, costs, and eventual outcomes of America's involvement in the First World War.

Upcoming Deadlines

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

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2015 News Releases

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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