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Upcoming at the Kluge Center

MAY

Lecture

“The 'Law of Nations' in America's Independence”

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Emer Vattel’s "Law of Nations" (1758) remained overdue on President George Washington’s library account until it was returned in 2010 with a waived fee of $300,000. One of the most reliable authorities during the Continental Congress (1774-1789), "Law of Nations" was not only the most consulted book on how to turn dependent British colonies into independent political actors on the international stage; it also marked the Declaration of Independence chiefly as a declaration of interdependence with other major European powers and the Constitution as a powerful statement of international law. Kluge Fellow Theo Christov examines the language of the "Law of Nations" and the impact of Vattel on turning the newly rising United States into an international actor and eventual global power.

Co-sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria as part of the European Month of Culture

Lecture

“Profiles in Statesmanship: 20th Century Breakthroughs for Global Peace and Security & 21st Century Challenges”

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Who were the 20th century world leaders who forged transformational breakthroughs in global peace and security? Why did they make the crucial choices that they did? How did they pursue their goals? What are the lessons for the 21st century global agenda? Kissinger Chair Bruce Jentleson looks across five dimensions of global peace and security--major power geopolitics, building international institutions, fostering reconciliation of peoples, advancing freedom and human rights, and promoting sustainability--and structures the profiles of leaders in a Who-Why-How-What framework to both gain better understanding of key 20th century events and draw lessons for 21st century challenges.

Co-sponsored by the Embassy of Sweden as part of the European Month of Culture

Lecture

“The American Research University: The Decades Ahead”

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

The university has been one of American society's most durable institutions for more than a century -- and the modern research university its most sophisticated presentation. Yet globalization, technology and market forces are likely to reshape the form and function of the research university in the coming decades. What are the relevant forces and what are their likely effects? John Sexton, immediate past president of New York University and current Kluge Chair in American Law in Governance, offers his perspective on the future of American higher education.

JUNE

Lecture

“1871: The Ruins of Paris”

Thursday, June 2, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

The Franco-Prussian War of 1870 ended in the popular insurrection known as the Paris Commune, which was put down in bloody civil strife in May of 1871. Much of central Paris was burned during the “Bloody Week” that saw the death of the Commune. The resulting ruins of Paris at once became a tourist attraction, and the subject of remarkable photographs made for the tourist trade. The novelist Gustave Flaubert came to visit the ruins, and found in them a lesson for his contemporaries: if only they had understood the novel he had published some months earlier, Sentimental Education, this cataclysmic destruction never could have happened. Peter Brooks explore that cataclysm, and the specific role of photography in the historiography of the moment. Representative photographs will illustrate the lecture.

Symposium

“Saving the Web: The Ethics and Challenges of Preserving What’s on the Internet”

Thursday, June 16, 2016 -- schedule to be announced
Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Preserving the contents of the World Wide Web is an increasingly vital activity. The Web today is an ubiquitous global information system, and yet significant amounts of its contents disappear daily. The average Web page remains online for barely 100 days. This symposium brings together experts in this field to discuss the major issues in the debate around this topic, the future potential of Web archives to researchers and scholars, and the challenges in Web archiving that face libraries, governments, institutions and individuals. Hosted by Dame Wendy Hall, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, England, and holder of the 2016 Kluge Chair in Technology and Society.

Note: The symposium is held at the conclusion of a two-day “Datathon” co-hosted by the Law Library of Congress, National Digital Initiatives, Web Archiving program and The John W. Kluge Center, titled “Archives Unleashed 2.0.” For more information on the “Datathon,” click here.

Lecture

“The Kingdom of Jerusalem and War Against the Infidel: Sixteenth-Century Doctrines of Just War and the Origins of the Spanish Empire”

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Kluge Fellow Andrew Devereux examines the legal and moral questions of empire on the threshold of the early modern era by casting light on Spain’s expansionary ventures in the Mediterranean basin in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. His talk focuses on Spain’s Mediterranean expansion, particularly on Spanish designs on the Holy Land and the ways in which the acquisition of the title to the defunct crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem served as the basis for legal arguments justifying war and conquest in a range of lands inhabited by non-Christian peoples.

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2016 Press Releases

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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Current Issue

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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