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Edward Widmer Appointed Director of The John W. Kluge Center—Dispatch September 29, 2016

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:00:40 -0500

Historian, author, librarian and former presidential speechwriter Edward L. (Ted) Widmer, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York and a senior fellow and adjunct professor of history at Brown University, has been appointed director of The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, effective Oct. 3, 2016. Widmer’s career spans the worlds of academia, politics and journalism. He is the author or editor of many historical treatises, including a book published this month, “The New York Times Disunion: A History of the Civil War”; “Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy”; a biography of Martin Van Buren; and “Ark of the Liberties: America and the World,” a 2008 publication that was featured as an “Editors’ Pick” by the New York Times. A forthcoming book, to be released in 2017, is “Lincoln on the Verge: An Odyssey, By Rail.” Widmer was a lecturer in history and literature at Harvard University from 1993-1997. He briefly left academia to serve as special assistant to the president for National Security Affairs and director for speechwriting at the National Security Council, from 1997-2000, crafting foreign-policy speeches for President Bill Clinton. In his capacity as a special adviser to the president for special projects (2000-2001), he advised President Clinton on issues related to history and scholarship. Widmer continued his work with Clinton as a special assistant from 2001-2004, conducting in-depth interviews with the former president as he wrote his autobiography “My Life.” Simultaneously, Widmer returned to the academic world as the inaugural director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland (2001-2006). From 2006-2012, he served as the Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo Director and Librarian at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. Under his direction, the Library upgraded its digital architecture and engaged in several digital partnerships and ventures including the creation of a digital archive of Haitian historical materials and participation in the World Digital Library, which is hosted by the Library of Congress. Widmer returned to public service in 2012, when he accepted the role of senior adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her last year in office. He then returned to Brown as assistant to the president of Brown University for special projects (2012-2015), in which capacity he prepared a history of the university to commemorate its 250th anniversary (“Brown: The History of an Idea”), and returned to the classroom as an adjunct professor of history. Widmer has been with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs since 2015. He has been a frequent contributor to a variety of publications, including the New York Times, the Boston Globe and Politico. He also serves on the board of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Widmer holds an A.B. in the history and literature of France and America, an A.M. in history, and a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization, all from Harvard University. The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between scholars and political leaders. The Center attracts outstanding scholarly figures to Washington, D.C., facilitates their access to the Library’s remarkable collections, and helps them engage in conversation with policymakers and the public. Learn more at: http://www.loc.gov/kluge. Received this email from a colleague? Subscribe to our RSS feed to stay up-to-date on research opportunities from The John W. Kluge Center. Follow us on Twitter: @KlugeCtr. [...]



Kislak Fellowship Deadline Extended until October 31—Dispatch September 20, 2016

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:00:45 -0500

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress continues to accept applications for the Kislak Fellowship for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas. The application deadline has been extended until October 31, 2016.

Kislak Fellowships are short-term fellowships for independent scholars, undergraduate and graduate students, and college and university faculty to conduct research based on items from the Kislak Collection, a major collection of rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas donated to the Library of Congress by the Jay I. Kislak Foundation of Miami Lakes, FL. The collection contains some of the earliest records of indigenous peoples in North America and superb objects from the discovery, contact, and colonial periods, especially for Florida, the Caribbean, and Mesoamerica.

Conducting full time research on-site at the Library of Congress, the fellowship provides an opportunity for a period of up to 3 months of concentrated use of the collections of the Library of Congress, through full-time residency in the Library's John W. Kluge Center. A stipend of $4,200 per month supports the Fellow.

APPLY ONLINE: Applications should be submitted through the Kluge Center’s online application system. Save and return to your application, manage letters of reference, and receive notification of submission all through our online portal. Visit https://klugefellowships.fluidreview.com/ to get started.

Received this email from a colleague? Subscribe to our RSS feed to stay up-to-date on research opportunities from The John W. Kluge Center. Follow us on Twitter: @KlugeCtr.

The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between scholars and political leaders. The Center attracts outstanding scholarly figures to Washington, D.C., facilitates their access to the Library’s remarkable collections, and helps them engage in conversation with policymakers and the public. Learn more at: http://www.loc.gov/kluge.




Call for Applications: Kluge Fellowships in Digital Studies—Dispatch September 16, 2016

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:01:15 -0500

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is now accepting applications for Kluge Fellowships in Digital Studies. The digital studies fellowships are for research related to the impact of the digital revolution on society, culture, and international relations. The application deadline is December 6, 2016.

Kluge Fellowships in Digital Studies are open to scholars and practitioners worldwide for deep, empirically-grounded research into the consequences of the digital revolution on how people think, how society functions, and on international relations. Proposals may also explore and analyze emerging trends and new phenomena that may generate consequential changes in the future. All proposals must state the importance of the research to fundamental thinking about the human condition.

Conducting full time research on-site at the Library of Congress, up to three (3) Fellows will be expected to engage in scholarly research on the digital revolution’s impact on how we think, how we live, and how we relate to one another. A stipend of $4,200 per month for a period of up to 11 months supports the Fellows. Scholars should include a discussion of how the resources of the Library of Congress will inform the intended research; scholars are encouraged to think creatively of how the Library’s collections may be used.

APPLY ONLINE: Applications should be submitted online through the Kluge Center’s online application system. Save and return to your application, manage letters of reference, and receive confirmation of submission all through our new online portal. Visit https://klugefellowships.fluidreview.com/ to get started.

Received this email from a colleague? Subscribe to our RSS feed to stay up-to-date on research opportunities from The John W. Kluge Center. Follow us on Twitter: @KlugeCtr.

The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between scholars and political leaders. The Center attracts outstanding scholarly figures to Washington, D.C., facilitates their access to the Library’s remarkable collections, and helps them engage in conversation with policymakers and the public. Learn more at: http://www.loc.gov/kluge.




“Emergence of Life” Symposium Occurs September 15—Dispatch September 8, 2016

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:01:32 -0500

How life emerges on Earth, in the lab, and elsewhere will be the subject of a day-long astrobiology symposium on September 15. Titled “The Emergence of Life: On the Earth, in the Lab, and Elsewhere,” the event will be hosted by Nathaniel Comfort, the current NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology at the Library’s John W. Kluge Center. It will occur on Thursday, September 15. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in room 119 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Tickets are not needed. The Kluge Center is sponsoring the event as part of its joint NASA/Library of Congress Astrobiology Program. What: “The Emergence of Life: On the Earth, in the Lab, and Elsewhere,” a full day astrobiology symposium hosted by Astrobiology Chair Nathaniel Comfort. When: Thursday, September 15, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Where: Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress On Twitter:#LifeEmerges Free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed. The event comprises a series of panels that feature scientists, humanities scholars and journalists. Participants scheduled to appear include: Nsikan Akpan, science writer and producer, PBS News Hour Steven Benner, synthetic biologist, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution Jim Cleaves, chemist, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institute Bill Mesler, independent science writer Sophia Roosth, historian of science, Harvard University Matt Schrenk, geomicrobiologist, Michigan State University Carl Zimmer, award-winning science writer, New York Times The event also will feature the incoming NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology for 2016-2017, historian of science Luis Campos, and two previous chair holders: planetary scientist David Grinspoon; and historian and astronomer Steven Dick. See the full schedule at http://www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/news/originslife.html Nathaniel Comfort is a historian of recent science and a professor at the Institute of the History of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University. His books include "The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine" (2012) and "The Tangled Field: Barbara McClintock’s Search for the Patterns of Genetic Control" (2001). In a recent post on our blog, Comfort explained his newest book project, an examination of the genomic revolution’s effects on origins of life research. Read the interview. The September 15th program is part of the Kluge Center’s ongoing Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Astrobiology Program, which investigates the intersection of astrobiology research with humanistic and societal concerns. A senior scholar position at the Kluge Center, previous Astrobiology Chairs were held by planetary scientist Dr. David Grinspoon and astronomer Dr. Steven Dick. Historian of science Luis Campos will be the 2016-2017 Astrobiology Chair. The Astrobiology Chair is the result of collaboration between the NASA Astrobiology Program and the Library of Congress. Funded by NASA, and executed by the Kluge Center in consultation with the NASA Astrobiology Institute, the program promotes research at the intersection of the science of astrobiology and its humanistic and societal implications. A senior researcher is appointed annually to be in residence at the Kluge Center, to make use of the Library of Congress collections, as well as to convene related programs that ensure the subject of astrobiology’s role in culture and society receives considered treatment each year in Washington, D.C. Received this email from a colleague? Subscribe to our RSS feed to stay up-to-date on research opportunities from The John W. Kluge Center. Follow us on Twitter: @KlugeCtr. The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between schol[...]



Scholars Toyin Falola, Barry Posen Arrive at the Kluge Center—Dispatch September 7, 2016

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:03:08 -0500

Historian Toyin Falola and political scientist Barry Posen arrived this month at The John W. Kluge Center for periods as senior scholars in residence. Falola will hold the Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South; Posen will hold the Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations.

Toyin Falola is distinguished scholar of African history and a member of the Library of Congress Scholars Council. The Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, at the Kluge Center Falola will research a project titled “African Immigrant Communities in the United States.” He is the author of numerous books, including “The African Diaspora: Slavery, Migration and Globalization,” “Violence in Nigeria: The Crisis of Religious Politics and Secular Ideologies,” “The Power of African Cultures,” and “Nationalism and African Intellectuals.”

Barry Posen is a political scientist who is currently the Ford International Professor of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and director of the MIT Security Studies Program. He is the author of three books, including “Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy,” “Inadvertent Escalation: Conventional War and Nuclear Risks,” and the award-winning “The Sources of Military Doctrine.” At the Kluge Center, Posen will study the implications for the United States of a multipolar international order.

Read more about Toyin Falola here.

Read more about Barry Posen here.

The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between scholars and political leaders. The Center attracts outstanding scholarly figures to Washington, D.C., facilitates their access to the Library’s remarkable collections, and helps them engage in conversation with members of the U.S. Congress and the public. Learn more at: http://www.loc.gov/kluge/.




Wayne Wiegand Appointed Distinguished Visiting Scholar—Dispatch August 19, 2016

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:00:12 -0500

Wayne A. Wiegand, a leading scholar of American public libraries and American book history, has been appointed a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. His appointment begins in January 2017 and will conclude in early May.

Wiegand is the F. William Summers Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Studies and American Studies at Florida State University.

At the Kluge Center, Wiegand will research his current book project—a history of the American public school library. The project incorporates five perspectives: the history of public school education; the history of American librarianship; the social history of reading (including the history of print culture); the history of childhood; and the history of cultural institutions as places. While in residence, he will use the vast array of database services, particularly newspaper databases, to which the Library of Congress subscribes in order to unearth the voices of tens of thousands of public school library users over the generations.

Wiegand was cofounding Director of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (est. 1992), and co-founder and former Director of the Florida Book Awards (est. 2006), now the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program. He taught in library schools at the University of Kentucky (1976-86), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987-2002), and Florida State University (2003-2010).

In addition to over one hundred scholarly articles, Wiegand is author of “Politics of an Emerging Profession: The American Library Association, 1876-1917” (1986), “‘An Active Instrument for Propaganda:” American Public Libraries During World War I” (1989), “Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey” (1996), and “Main Street Public Library: Reading Spaces and Community Places in America’s Heartland, 1876-1956” (2011). For the academic year 2008-2009, he was on a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to write “‘Part of Our Lives:’ A People’s History of the American Public Library” (2015). He is the co-editor with Donald G. Davis, Jr. of the “Encyclopedia of Library History” (1994).

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The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between scholars and political leaders. The Center attracts outstanding scholarly figures to Washington, D.C., facilitates their access to the Library’s remarkable collections, and helps them engage in conversation with policymakers and the public. Learn more at: http://www.loc.gov/kluge.




Emergence of Life Subject of Astrobiology Symposium, September 15—Dispatch August 16

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:00:15 -0500

How life emerges on Earth, in the lab, and elsewhere will be the subject of a day-long astrobiology symposium on September 15. Titled, “The Emergence of Life: On the Earth, in the Lab, and Elsewhere,” the event will be hosted by Nathaniel Comfort, the current NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology at the Library’s John W. Kluge Center. It will occur on Thursday, September 15. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in room 119 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Tickets are not needed. The Kluge Center is sponsoring the event as part of its joint NASA/Library of Congress Astrobiology Program. The event comprises a series of panels that feature scientists, humanities scholars and journalists. Participants scheduled to appear include: Nsikan Akpan, science writer and producer, PBS News Hour Steven Benner, synthetic biologist, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution Jim Cleaves, chemist, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institute Bill Mesler, independent science writer Sophia Roosth, historian of science, Harvard University Matt Schrenk, geomicrobiologist, Michigan State University Carl Zimmer, award-winning science writer, New York Times The event also will feature the incoming NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology for 2016-2017, historian of science Luis Campos, and two previous chair holders: planetary scientist David Grinspoon; and historian and astronomer Steven Dick. For a schedule and further information, visit http://www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/news/originslife.html. Nathaniel Comfort is a historian of recent science and a professor at the Institute of the History of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University. His books include "The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine" (2012) and "The Tangled Field: Barbara McClintock’s Search for the Patterns of Genetic Control" (2001). The program is part of the Kluge Center’s ongoing Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Astrobiology Program, which investigates the intersection of astrobiology research with humanistic and societal concerns. A senior scholar position at the Kluge Center, previous Astrobiology Chairs were held by planetary scientist Dr. David Grinspoon and astronomer Dr. Steven Dick. Historian of science Luis Campos will be the 2016-2017 Astrobiology Chair. The astrobiology chair is the result of collaboration between the NASA Astrobiology Program and the Library of Congress. Funded by NASA, and executed by the Kluge Center in consultation with the NASA Astrobiology Institute, the program promotes research at the intersection of the science of astrobiology and its humanistic and societal implications. A senior researcher is appointed annually to be in residence at the Kluge Center, to make use of the Library of Congress collections, as well as to convene related programs that ensure the subject of astrobiology’s role in culture and society receives considered treatment each year in Washington, D.C. Received this email from a colleague? Subscribe to our RSS feed to stay up-to-date on research opportunities from The John W. Kluge Center. Follow us on Twitter: @KlugeCtr.  The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between scholars and political leaders. The Center attracts outstanding scholarly figures to Washington, D.C., facilitates their access to the Library’s remarkable collections, and helps them engage in conversation with policymakers and the public. Learn more at: http://www.loc.gov/kluge. [...]



Reminder: Juan Cole to Lecture on Peace in the Quran, Aug. 18—Dispatch August 15, 2016

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:00:05 -0500

Juan Cole, a prominent scholar and blogger who writes on the Muslim world’s relationship with the West, will discuss notions of peace found in the Quran, in a lecture at the Kluge Center on Aug. 18.

Peace and Concord in the Quran” will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, in room 119 on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.  The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.

Cole is the current Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South at the Library’s John W. Kluge Center.  He is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and the author of “The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is changing the Middle East” (2014).  His “Informed Comment” blog provides historical context to modern-day events in the Muslim world.  He has commented extensively on al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.

While at the Kluge Center Cole has been researching a project titled, “The Idea of Peace in the Quran.”  He has used the Library’s collections to examine concepts of peace in Muslim scriptures, tracing the evolution of peace and corollary ideas chronologically and contextually through the text, with special attention to sets of words grouped together that refer to the topic.

The author or editor of more than 10 books on the Middle East, Cole has appeared on “The ABC Nightly News,” “Nightline,” “The Today Show,” “Charlie Rose,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” “Chris Hayes’ All In,” “Rachel Maddow,” “Democracy Now!” and “The Colbert Report.”

What:Peace and Concord in the Quran,” a lecture by Kluge Chair Juan Cole.

When: Thursday, August 18, 2016, 4:00 p.m.

Where: Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.

Directions and maps: http://www.loc.gov/visit/directions/

The Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South is a distinguished senior research position in residence at the Library, appointed by the Librarian of Congress. Using research facilities and services at the Library, the scholar is expected to explore the regions including Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and the islands of the Pacific including Australia and New Zealand, using the immense foreign-language collections of the Library of Congress.

Subscribe to our RSS feed to stay up-to-date on research opportunities from The John W. Kluge Center. Follow us on Twitter: @KlugeCtr.

The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between scholars and political leaders. The Center attracts outstanding scholarly figures to Washington, D.C., facilitates their access to the Library’s remarkable collections, and helps them engage in conversation with policymakers and the public. Learn more at: http://www.loc.gov/kluge.




Call for Applications: Kislak Fellowships for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas—Dispatch August 5, 2016

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:00:20 -0500

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is now accepting applications for Kislak Fellowships for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas. The application deadline is October 15, 2016.

Kislak Fellowships are short-term fellowships for independent scholars, undergraduate and graduate students, and college and university faculty to conduct research based on items from the Kislak Collection, a major collection of rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas donated to the Library of Congress by the Jay I. Kislak Foundation of Miami Lakes, FL. The collection contains some of the earliest records of indigenous peoples in North America and superb objects from the discovery, contact, and colonial periods, especially for Florida, the Caribbean, and Mesoamerica.

Conducting full time research on-site at the Library of Congress, the fellowship provides an opportunity for a period of up to 3 months of concentrated use of the collections of the Library of Congress, through full-time residency in the Library's John W. Kluge Center. A stipend of $4,200 per month supports the Fellow.

APPLY ONLINE: Applications should be submitted through the Kluge Center’s online application system. Save and return to your application, manage letters of reference, and receive notification of submission all through our online portal. Visit https://klugefellowships.fluidreview.com/ to get started.

Received this email from a colleague? Subscribe to our RSS feed to stay up-to-date on research opportunities from The John W. Kluge Center. Follow us on Twitter: @KlugeCtr.

The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between scholars and political leaders. The Center attracts outstanding scholarly figures to Washington, D.C., facilitates their access to the Library’s remarkable collections, and helps them engage in conversation with policymakers and the public. Learn more at: http://www.loc.gov/kluge.




Juan Cole to Lecture on Peace in the Quran, Aug. 18—Dispatch August 4, 2016

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 11:00:05 -0500

Juan Cole, a prominent scholar and blogger who writes on the Muslim world’s relationship with the West, will discuss notions of peace found in the Quran, in a lecture at the Kluge Center on Aug. 18. “Peace and Concord in the Quran” will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, in room 119 on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.  The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed. Cole is the current Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South at the Library’s John W. Kluge Center.  He is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and the author of “The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is changing the Middle East” (2014).  His “Informed Comment” blog provides historical context to modern-day events in the Muslim world.  He has commented extensively on al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. While at the Kluge Center Cole has been researching a project titled, “The Idea of Peace in the Quran.”  He has used the Library’s collections to examine concepts of peace in Muslim scriptures, tracing the evolution of peace and corollary ideas chronologically and contextually through the text, with special attention to sets of words grouped together that refer to the topic. The author or editor of more than 10 books on the Middle East, Cole has appeared on “The ABC Nightly News,” “Nightline,” “The Today Show,” “Charlie Rose,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” “Chris Hayes’ All In,” “Rachel Maddow,” “Democracy Now!” and “The Colbert Report.” What: “Peace and Concord in the Quran,” a lecture by Kluge Chair Juan Cole. When: Thursday, August 18, 2016, 4:00 p.m. Where: Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed. Directions and maps: http://www.loc.gov/visit/directions/ The Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South is a distinguished senior research position in residence at the Library, appointed by the Librarian of Congress. Using research facilities and services at the Library, the scholar is expected to explore the regions including Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and the islands of the Pacific including Australia and New Zealand, using the immense foreign-language collections of the Library of Congress. Received this email from a colleague? Subscribe to our RSS feed to stay up-to-date on research opportunities from The John W. Kluge Center. Follow us on Twitter: @KlugeCtr. The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between scholars and political leaders. The Center attracts outstanding scholarly figures to Washington, D.C., facilitates their access to the Library’s remarkable collections, and helps them engage in conversation with policymakers and the public. Learn more at: http://www.loc.gov/kluge [...]



August at the Kluge Center—Dispatch August 1, 2016

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 11:15:06 -0500

This August at the Kluge Center:

Events

LECTURE

“Peace and Concord in the Qur’an”
with Kluge Chair Juan Cole

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building

The Muslim scripture, the Qur'an or Koran, has been analyzed a great deal for its ideas on a whole range of subjects, from late antique economic practices to notions of the just war. The literature on its ideas regarding peace, however, is remarkably small. Yet peace is central to this book on a whole range of dimensions, from community relations to inner, mystical composure, to visions of heaven and the world after the Judgment Day. This talk by Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South Juan Cole will provide a tour of the eirenic messages of the Qur'an.

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Call for Proposals: Astrobiology Chair and Kissinger Chair

The Kluge Center is now accepting applications for the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology and the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy & International Relations.

 

Apply online: https://klugefellowships.fluidreview.com/

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Coming in September

ASTROBIOLOGY SYMPOSIUM

“The Emergence of Life: On Earth, in the Lab, and Elsewhere”

Hosted by Astrobiology Chair Nathaniel Comfort

Thursday, September 15, 2016 -- ­all day
Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building

The emergence of life is among the most compelling questions in astrobiology. This symposium will bring together scientists, humanists, and authors to explore what we know about the origins of life, how we came to know it, and what it means. Hosted by Astrobiology Chair Nathaniel Comfort.

Events are held inside the historic Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.

The John W. Kluge Center is pleased to welcome all patrons. Please request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.

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New Kluge Fellows Announced—Dispatch July 29, 2016

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:00:18 -0500

The 2016 Kluge Fellows Have Been Announced

The John W. Kluge Center is very pleased to announce our 2016 Kluge Fellows. This diverse group of scholars hail from institutions across the U.S. as well as one scholar from Ireland and one scholar from Russia.

The Fellows represent the disciplines of political science, romance languages, modern language and literature, art history, foreign affairs, and various sub-disciplines of history, including political history, world history, Civil War history, American history and British history.

All Fellows have received a terminal advanced degree within the past seven years, as per the eligibility requirements for the Fellowship.

Click here to meet the Fellows!

The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between scholars and political leaders. The Center attracts outstanding scholarly figures to Washington, D.C., facilitates their access to the Library’s remarkable collections, and helps them engage in conversation with policymakers and the public. Learn more at: http://www.loc.gov/kluge.




Kluge Center Announces Call for Applications for the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology—Dispatch July 26, 2016

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:00:36 -0500

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is now accepting applications for the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. The application deadline is December 1, 2016.

The Astrobiology Chair is a distinguished senior research position in residence at the Library of Congress for a period of up to twelve months. Using research facilities and services at the Library of Congress, the scholar engages in research at the intersection of the science of astrobiology and its humanistic and social implications. The appointment ensures the subject of astrobiology’s role in culture and society receives considered treatment each year in Washington, D.C.

The Chair is open to scholars and leading thinkers in the fields of astrobiology, astronomy, planetary science, the history of science, philosophy, religion, sociology, anthropology, ethics, literature, the arts, paleontology, Earth and atmospheric sciences, geological sciences or other fields. The Chair may undertake research on a wide range of issues related to how life begins and evolves, or examine the social, religious, ethical, legal, and cultural concerns that arise from researching the origins, evolution, and nature of life in the universe.

Information about the Chair may be found on our website: http://www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/fellowships/NASA-astrobiology.html. A stipend during the term of appointment supports the scholar.

APPLY ONLINE: Applications can now be submitted online through the Kluge Center’s new online application system. Save and return to your application, manage letters of reference, and receive confirmation of submission all through our online portal. Visit https://klugefellowships.fluidreview.com/ to get started.

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Lectures on the 14th Amendment and Prostitution in Korea, Next Week at the Kluge Center—Dispatch July 21, 2016

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:00:47 -0500

Next week the Kluge Center hosts two lectures by Kluge Fellows on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28.

On Wednesday, July 27 at 4 p.m., Kluge Fellow Taja-Nia Henderson will discuss Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which barred from public officeholding Confederate officials and military personnel who had previously taken an oath to uphold the federal constitution. Henderson is Associate Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law.

What:Framing Treason: War, Reconciliation, and Memory in the Making of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” a lecture by Kluge Fellow Taja-Nia Henderson.

When: Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 4:00 p.m.

Where: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. – note different location

On Thursday, July 28 at 4 p.m., Kluge Fellow Jeong-Mi Park will discuss how the South Korean government controlled military prostitutes catering to American servicemen, making these “dangerous” women into “patriotic” subjects. Park is Research Assistant Professor at the Research Institute of Comparative History and Culture at Hanyang University.

What:Making Patriotic Prostitutes: The South Korean Government's Policies on Prostitution for the U.S. Military,” a lecture by Kluge Fellow Jeong-Mi Park.

When: Thursday, July 28, 2016, 4:00 p.m.

Where: Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Both events are free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.

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Kluge Center Announces Call for Kissinger Chair Applications and Nominations—Dispatch July 19, 2016

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:00:09 -0500

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is now accepting applications and nominations for the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations. The application deadline is November 1, 2016.

The Kissinger Chair is a distinguished senior research position in residence at the Library’s John W. Kluge Center that engages in research on foreign policy and international affairs that will lead to publication. The chair holder receives a monthly stipend, an office inside the magnificent Thomas Jefferson Building, and full access to the Library’s vast array of historical, linguistic, and legal resources to draw upon for research on any aspect of foreign policy or international relations involving the United States.

Past chair holders include:

  • Aaron L. Friedberg, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University;
  • Klaus W. Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill;
  • C. Raja Mohan, Nonresident Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace;
  • Ambassador Teresita C. Schaffer, Nonresident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution; and
  • John Bew, Reader in History and Foreign Policy at the War Studies Department at King's College London.

The most recent Kissinger Chair, Bruce Jentleson, spent nine months at the Kluge Center completing his forthcoming book on 20th century leaders who made major breakthroughs for peace and security.

Information about the Kissinger Chair may be found on our website: http://www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/fellowships/kissinger.html. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2016.

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Kluge Fellow Danille Christensen to Deliver Botkin Lecture, July 19—Dispatch July 15, 2016

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:00:21 -0500

Kluge Fellow Danille Christensen will deliver a 2016 Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture on Tuesday, July 19 at 12:00 p.m. in the Library of Congress Pickford Theater. The Botkin Lecture Series is organized and hosted by the Library’s American Folklife Center.

The talk, titled “Home Canning: Cultural Narratives, Technological Change, and the Status of Traditional Knowledge,” will cover the history of home canning—a practice of the American past that is currently experiencing a revival. Drawing on filmstrips, posters, cartoons, newspaper captions, manuals, and mail-order catalogs, Christensen will explore the shift from home canning to industrialized canning and the dismissal or even demonization of the domestic labor and knowledge of women.

Christensen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. Her scholarship examines the ways people shape everyday speech, action, and objects as they seek to influence and persuade others, and she is especially interested in gendered domestic labor as a site of commentary and display. As a Kluge Fellow she is completing her book “Freedom from Want: Home Canning in the American Imagination.”

What:Home Canning: Cultural Narratives, Technological Change, and the Status of Traditional Knowledge,” a 2016 Botkin lecture by Kluge Fellow Danille Christensen

When: Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – note special date and time

Where: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.

Directions and maps: http://www.loc.gov/visit/directions/

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Peng Guoxiang Arrives as Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North—Dispatch July 13, 2016

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:15:04 -0500

Chinese scholar Peng Guoxiang has arrived at the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center as the Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North. His tenure began in July and he will be in residence for six months. Peng is an accomplished scholar of Chinese philosophy and the Confucian tradition and its influence on modern-day Chinese society. He is currently the Qiu Shi Distinguished Professor of Chinese Philosophy, Intellectual History and Religions at Zhejiang University, and director of the Center for Cultural China Studies, Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University. At the Kluge Center, Peng will continue his research on the religious dimensions of Confucianism and the political and social thought of contemporary Confucianism. His work strives to present a more accurate, balanced and complete picture of Confucian tradition through analysis of original sources and secondary literature in history, philosophy and religion. His work also attempts to deepen contemporary understandings of Chinese thought and cultures in relation to other global traditions. Peng’s publications include: "This Worldly Concern: The Political and Social Thought of Mou Zongsan (1909-1995)" (2016), "Revision and New Discovery: Historical Study of Pre-Modern Confucianism from Northern Song till Early Qing Dynasty" (2013 and 2015), "Reconstruction of This Culture of Ours: Confucianism and The Contemporary World" (2013) and "Confucian Tradition from Classical Period to Its Contemporary Transformation: Speculation and Interpretation" (2012). Peng also serves as the vice president of the International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy. He has previously been the Arthur Lynn Andrews Distinguished Visiting Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii; a visiting professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; a visiting scholar at Harvard University; a visiting research fellow at Bochum Ruhr University, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Germany, the Goethe University in Frankfurt, the National Taiwan University, and a distinguished visiting scholar at the National University of Singapore. In 2009, he received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, which is bestowed by the Humboldt Foundation and the Ministry of Education and Research of Germany. The Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North is a distinguished senior research position in residence at the Library appointed by the Librarian of Congress. Using research facilities and services at the Library of Congress, the scholar is expected to explore the history of the regions of North America, Europe, Russia and East Asia, using the immense foreign-language collections in the specialized reading rooms of the Library. Received this email from a colleague? Subscribe to our RSS feed to stay up-to-date on news from The John W. Kluge Center. The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between scholars and political leaders. The Center attracts outstanding scholarly figures to Washington, D.C., facilitates their access to the Library’s remarkable collections, and helps them engage in conversation with policymakers and the public. Learn more at: http://www.loc.gov/kluge. [...]



Kluge Fellow Michael Sizer to Discuss Parisian Medieval Politics, July 14—Dispatch July 7, 2016

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 11:03:13 -0500

On Thursday, July 14 at 4 p.m., Kluge Fellow Michael Sizer will lecture on the popular politics of late medieval Paris.

In his talk, Sizer will examine the late Middle Ages, one of the most tumultuous periods in European political history, featuring revolts, riots, popular preachers, processions, and other engagements of the people in the political realm that was "unheard of in previous times" according to one chronicler of the period. Kluge Fellow Michael Sizer discusses the popular politics of late medieval Paris (1380-1422) and what bearing it may have on the way we understand popular political culture today.

Historian Michael Sizer is a current Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress and a faculty member at Maryland Institute College of Art.

What:Popular Politics and Public Opinion in Late Medieval Paris,” a lecture by Kluge Fellow Michael Sizer.

When: Thursday, July 14, 2016, 4:00 p.m.

Where: Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.

Directions and maps: http://www.loc.gov/visit/directions/

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July at the Kluge Center—Dispatch July 5, 2016

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 11:00:17 -0500

This July at the Kluge Center: Events LECTURE “Popular Politics and Public Opinion in Late Medieval Paris” with Kluge Fellow Michael Sizer Thursday, July 14, 2016, 4:00 p.m. Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building The late Middle Ages was one of the most tumultuous periods in European political history, featuring revolts, riots, popular preachers, processions, and other engagements of the people in the political realm that was "unheard of in previous times" according to one chronicler of the period. On Bastille Day, Kluge Fellow Michael Sizer discusses the popular politics of late medieval Paris (1380-1422) and what bearing it may have on the way we understand popular political culture today. -------------------------------- BOTKIN LECTURE “Home Canning: Cultural Narratives, Technological Change, and the Status of Traditional Knowledge” with Kluge Fellow Danille Christensen Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 12:00 p.m. Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Memorial Building -- note time & location Kluge Fellow Danille Christensen delivers the American Folklife Center 2016 Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture, discussing her research on masculine narratives of canning and the demonization of women’s experience-based domestic knowledge. Read more > Co-sponsored with the American Folklife Center -------------------------------- LECTURE “Framing Treason: War, Reconciliation, and Memory in the Making of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution” with Kluge Fellow Taja-Nia Henderson Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 4:00 p.m. Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Memorial Building -- note location Kluge Fellow Taja-Nia Henderson discusses a section of the Fourteenth Amendment that, by its terms, barred from public officeholding Confederate officials and military personnel who had previously taken an oath to uphold the federal constitution. Implementation of this provision, found in Section 3 of the Amendment, dictated that an entire generation of Southerners would be kept from full participation in the region’s reconstructed governments. Henderson documents their efforts, and argues that the petitions for relief prepared by affected persons reveal that whites’ perceptions of the disabilities imposed upon them by Section 3 formed the prism through which they understood their obligations under Sections 1 and 2. -------------------------------- LECTURE “Making Patriotic Prostitutes: The South Korean Government's Policies on Prostitution for the U.S. Military” with Kluge Fellow Jeong-Mi Park Thursday, July 28, 2016, 4:00 p.m. Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building Kluge Fellow Jeong-Mi Park examines the historical transformation of prostitution policies in South Korea and how it was influenced by relations between Korea and the United States. -------------------------------- Reminder – Kluge Fellowship applications are due July 15 -- Apply today The Kluge Center continues to accept applications for Kluge Fellowships, which support research in the humanities and social sciences using the Library of Congress collections—especially interdisciplinary, cross-cultural or multilingual projects. Fellowships are open to scholars worldwide with a Ph.D. or other terminal advanced degree conferred within seven years of the July 15 deadline.   Apply online at: https://klugefellowships.fluidreview.com/   --------------------------------   The John W. Kluge Center is pleased to welcome all patro[...]



Luis Campos Named 2016-2017 Astrobiology Chair at The John W. Kluge Center—Dispatch June 28, 2016

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:59:14 -0500

Luis Campos will hold the fourth Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. He will begin on Oct. 1, 2016, and be in residence for 12 months. A historian of science, Campos is currently Associate Professor of History at The University of New Mexico. He is the author of “Radium and the Secret of Life” and is co-editor of “Making Mutations: Objects, Practices, Contexts.” While at the Kluge Center, Campos will use the Library collections to examine the intersection between astrobiology and synthetic biology. Synthetic biology, according to Campos, seeks to engineer novel forms of life. Astrobiology is interested in discovering novel forms of life. “Both synthetic biology and astrobiology are fields deeply concerned with developing a comprehensive understanding of the full potential of living systems,” Campos says. “My humanistic analysis will explore the historical and emerging contemporary connections between two of today’s most compelling fields of research in the contemporary life sciences.” Campos holds an appointment as a Senior Fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of numerous articles, lectures, and conference papers on synthetic biology and the future of life and has appeared on the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, and PBS. A current member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of the History of Biology and Secretary-elect of the History of Science Society, Campos received his Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University and his M.Phil. in the History and Philosophy of Science from University of Cambridge. The Astrobiology Chair at the Kluge Center is the result of collaboration between the NASA Astrobiology Program and the Library of Congress. It is named for Baruch "Barry" Blumberg, the late Kluge Center Scholars Council member, Nobel laureate and founding director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute. Funded by NASA, and executed by the Kluge Center in consultation with the NASA Astrobiology Institute, the chair holder conducts research at the intersection of the science of astrobiology and its humanistic and societal implications. One senior researcher is appointed annually to be in residence at The John W. Kluge Center, to make use of the Library of Congress collections in exploration of these questions, as well as to convene related programs on astrobiology’s role in culture and society. Campos will be the fourth scholar to hold the Astrobiology Chair: previous chair holders include astrobiologist and planetary scientist David Grinspoon (2012-2013); Steven Dick, former chief historian at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (2013-2014); and historian of recent science Nathaniel Comfort (2015-2016). The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between scholars and political leaders. The center attracts distinguished scholars to Washington, D.C., facilitates their access to the Library’s remarkable collections, and helps them engage in conversation with policymakers and the public. Learn more at http://www.loc.gov/kluge. [...]



Barry Posen Named Kissinger Chair at the John W. Kluge Center—Dispatch June 21, 2016

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:00:12 -0500

Political scientist Barry R. Posen has been appointed the next Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center. He will begin on Sept. 6, 2016, and be in residence for six months. The author of three books, including “Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy” (2014), “Inadvertent Escalation: Conventional War and Nuclear Risks” (1991), and the award-winning “The Sources of Military Doctrine” (1984). Posen is currently the Ford International Professor of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and director of the MIT Security Studies Program. While at the Kluge Center, Posen will use the Library’s collections to think through the implications for the United States of a multipolar international order. According to Posen, the National Intelligence Council of the U.S. intelligence community has predicted a diffusion of power and the emergence of a multipolar system—when four or more nation states have nearly equal amounts of military, cultural and economic power—by the middle of this century. “These are forecasts, and it is possible that they are wrong,” Posen says. “Nevertheless, if the distribution of capabilities is indeed moving toward multi-polarity, it will be helpful to have thought through the challenges posed by such a system for the U.S. as well as for other states.” Posen has served on the faculty of MIT since 1987. Prior, he was an assistant professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Posen has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Ford Foundation, German Marshall Fund and Rockefeller Foundation. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from University of California, Berkeley. The Kissinger Chair is a distinguished senior research position; its holder is in residence at the Library for a period of up to 10 months. Using research facilities and services at the Library of Congress, the scholar is expected to engage in research on foreign policy and international affairs that will lead to publication and share his or her expertise, through public lectures and dialogues, with Congress and other policymakers. The annual appointment of the Kissinger scholar is made by the Librarian of Congress upon the recommendation of a selection committee consisting of representatives from the academic community and foreign-policy experts. The appointment ensures that the subject of foreign affairs, taken broadly, receives reflective and considered treatment each year in Washington, D.C., by distinguished, experienced scholars and practitioners. The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between scholars and political leaders. The center attracts distinguished scholars to Washington, D.C., facilitates their access to the Library’s remarkable collections, and helps them engage in conversation with policymakers and the public. Learn more at www.loc.gov/kluge/. [...]



Kluge Fellow Andrew Devereux to Discuss Spain’s Mediterranean Empire, June 23—Dispatch June 20, 2016

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:00:11 -0500

On Thursday, June 23 at 4 p.m., Kluge Fellow Andrew Devereux will lecture on the origins of the Spanish Empire and 16th century doctrines of just war.

In his talk, Devereux will examine 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. The lecture will focus 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.

Devereux is a current Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress and Assistant Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University - Bellarmine.

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

When: Thursday, June 23, 2016, 4:00 p.m.

Where: Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.

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Reminder: “Saving the Web” Symposium occurs Thursday, June 16—Dispatch June 14, 2016

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 09:00:14 -0500

On Thursday, June 16, Dame Wendy Hall will host a day-long symposium on the challenges of preserving the contents of the web. The day-long symposium, “Saving the Web: The Ethics and Challenges of Preserving What’s on the Internet,” will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The symposium is hosted by Dame Wendy Hall, professor of computer science at the University of Southampton, who currently holds the 2016 Kluge Chair in Technology and Society. As Kluge Chair, Hall has been in residence at the Library for three months researching the social, economic, and technical dimensions of the web. She has also met extensively with Library personnel and the larger Washington policymaking community to discuss web-archiving strategies. Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn, who are considered the “fathers of the internet,” will join Hall and other scholars and practitioners of internet and digital studies. In addition to Hall, Cerf, and Kahn, speakers scheduled to appear include Jefferson Bailey of the Internet Archive; Ramesh Jain of the University of California, Irvine; Lee Rainie, of the Pew Research Center; James Hendler of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Katy Börner of Indiana University Bloomington. Participants from a two-day “datathon” organized by Matthew Weber of Rutgers University and hosted by the Library earlier that week will also present their findings from working with the Library’s digital collections. A full schedule of speakers is available here. What: “Saving the Web: The Ethics and Challenges of Preserving What’s on the Internet,” hosted by The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress When: Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed. A reception follows. Directions and maps: http://www.loc.gov/visit/directions/ Please note: Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow seating will be available throughout the day in the Library’s Whittall Pavilion. The discussions will be filmed and videos placed on the Kluge Center website in the weeks following the event. The event will not be live-streamed. The John W. Kluge Center is pleased to welcome all patrons. Please request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. Received this email from a colleague? Subscribe to our RSS feed to stay up-to-date on events at The John W. Kluge Center. The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between scholars and political leaders. The Center attracts outstanding scholarly figures to Washington, D.C., facilitates their access to the Library’s remarkable collections, and helps them engage in conversation with policymakers and the public. Learn more at: http://www.loc.gov/kluge. [...]



Call for Applications: Kluge Fellowships—Dispatch June 3, 2016

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 11:03:45 -0500

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress continues to accept applications for Kluge Fellowships. The application deadline is July 15, 2016.

Kluge Fellowships are residential research fellowships at the Library of Congress open to scholars worldwide with a Ph.D. or other terminal advanced degree conferred within seven years of the deadline. The Fellowship supports research in the humanities and social sciences, especially interdisciplinary, cross-cultural or multilingual projects. The Kluge Center especially encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library’s large and varied collections.

Full eligibility and stipend information is available on our website:

http://www.loc.gov/kluge/fellowships/kluge.html

Kluge Fellowships are tenable for periods from four to eleven months at a stipend of $4,200 per month. Up to twelve Kluge Fellowships will be awarded. Fellows may be in residence at any time during the fourteen-month window between June 1 of the year in which the Fellowship is awarded and August 1 of the year following. The constraints of space and the desirability of accommodating the maximum number of fellows may lead to an offer of fewer months than originally requested.

APPLY ONLINE: Applications can now be submitted online through the Kluge Center’s new online application system. Save and return to your application, manage reference requests, and receive notification that your application has been submitted and received all through our new online portal. Visit https://klugefellowships.fluidreview.com/ to get started.

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Dame Wendy Hall to Host Saving the Web Symposium, June 16—Dispatch June 2, 2016

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 11:00:09 -0500

On Thursday, June 16, Dame Wendy Hall will host a day-long symposium on the challenges of preserving the contents of the web. The day-long symposium, “Saving the Web: The Ethics and Challenges of Preserving What’s on the Internet,” will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public The symposium is hosted by Dame Wendy Hall, professor of computer science at the University of Southampton, who currently holds the 2016 Kluge Chair in Technology and Society. As Kluge Chair, Hall has been in residence at the Library for three months researching the social, economic, and technical dimensions of the web. She has also met extensively with Library personnel and the larger Washington policymaking community to discuss web-archiving strategies. Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn, who are considered the “fathers of the internet,” will join Hall and other scholars and practitioners of internet and digital studies. In addition to Hall, Cerf, and Kahn, speakers scheduled to appear include Jefferson Bailey of the Internet Archive; Ramesh Jain of the University of California, Irvine; Lee Rainie, of the Pew Research Center; James Hendler of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Katy Börner of Indiana University Bloomington. Participants from a two-day “datathon” organized by Matthew Weber of Rutgers University and hosted by the Library earlier that week will also present their findings from working with the Library’s digital collections. A full schedule of speakers is available here. What: “Saving the Web: The Ethics and Challenges of Preserving What’s on the Internet,” hosted by The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress When: Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Directions and maps: http://www.loc.gov/visit/directions/ The John W. Kluge Center is pleased to welcome all patrons. Please request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. Received this email from a colleague? Subscribe to our RSS feed to stay up-to-date on events at The John W. Kluge Center. The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between scholars and political leaders. The Center attracts outstanding scholarly figures to Washington, D.C., facilitates their access to the Library’s remarkable collections, and helps them engage in conversation with policymakers and the public. Learn more at: http://www.loc.gov/kluge. [...]