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The John W. Kluge Center brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library's rich resources, and to interact with policymakers and the public.

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The Kluge Prize: Recognizing Outstanding Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Library of Congress will award one of the largest cash prizes for scholarship—$1.5 million—when it confers the John W. Kluge Prize in September 2015.

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#ScholarFest: Celebrating 15 Years of Extraordinary Scholarship

More than 70 top scholars—all former residents at the Kluge Center—will convene on Capitol Hill for a festival of scholarship that celebrates the Kluge Center’s 15th anniversary, June 10-11.

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Kluge Center Blog

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Sociologist William Julius Wilson

William Julius WilsonThe distinguished sociologist and member of the Library of Congress Scholars Council is spending four months as the Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance, revisiting his past research on race and inequality through the lens of recent events.

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Astrobiology at the Kluge Center

The Kluge Center’s Astrobiology Program examines the intersection of astrobiology and the humanities. Events continue May 28 with Part II of the Blumberg Dialogue Series. Attend

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Foreign Policy at the Kluge Center

Bradford LeeKissinger Chair Bradford Lee analyzes whether U.S. military intervention in the First World War was worth the cost in a lecture on May 7. Attend

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Foreign Policy at the Kluge Center

Watch: The Kluge Center on C-SPAN

Interviews with Kluge scholars about their research at the Kluge Center:

  • "Discovering Life in the Universe"
    with Astrobiology Chair Steven Dick | Watch
  • "Native Americans in 19th Century Washington, D.C."
    with Kluge Fellow Joseph Genetin-Pilawa | Watch
  • "Herbert Hoover, Henry Wallace, and Cold War America"
    with Jameson Fellow Kevin Kim | Watch
  • "Social Conservatism and the Reagan Administration"
    with AHRC Fellow Will Riddington" | Watch
  • "Women's Magazine Writers of the 1920s"
    with AHRC Fellow Sophie Oliver | Watch

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Research at the Kluge Center featured on

  • "How Native Americans Shaped Washington, D.C."
    with Kluge Fellow Joseph Genetin-Pilawa | Read
  • "How Mexican Immigration to the U.S. Has Evolved"
    with Kluge Fellow Julia Young | Read
  • "How Today’s Ebola Response Reflects the History of Colonialism in Africa"
    with Decolonization Seminar participant Jessica-Pearson Patel | Read

About The John W. Kluge Center

John W. KlugeThrough the vision and generosity of John W. Kluge, the Kluge Center welcomes top scholars in the humanities and social sciences from around the world to conduct research in the Library of Congress collections and engage in dialogue with policymakers and the public.

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