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Upcoming at the Kluge Center


“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.


“Reflections on Issues of Race and Class in 21st Century America: Revisiting Arguments Advanced in The Declining Significance of Race (1978)”

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

In his controversial book, "The Declining Significance of Race," published in 1978, scholar William Julius Wilson featured two major underlying themes—(1) the effect of fundamental economic and political shifts on the changing relative importance of race and class as a determinant of a black person’s life trajectory, and (2) the swing in the concentration of racial conflict from the economic sector to the sociopolitical order. In his lecture at The John W. Kluge Center, Wilson reflects on these themes and their application to more recent developments in American race and ethnic relations involving not only African Americans but also other groups, including whites and Latinos.

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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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Thursday, June 11, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson Building (multiple rooms)

Seventy top scholars in foreign policy, history, ethics, religion and other fields within the humanities and social sciences will convene on Capitol Hill over a two-day period to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Read more


“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

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 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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