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2011 Events & News

JANUARY

January 3, 2011
David Laitin named to Kluge Center Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North.
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January 12, 2011
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Cardinal McCarrick as Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the John W. Kluge Center.
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January 14, 2011
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Jennifer Hochschild Chair in American Law and Governance in the John W. Kluge Center.

While at the Library, from January until July 2, 2011, Hochschild will be examining the politics and ideology of genomic science—specifically, the developing links between genomics and governance. Her current project is tentatively titled "Racial Transformation: Immigration, Multi-racialism, DNA and Cohort Change."
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January 19, 2011
Lecture: “The Black Campus Movement and the Racial Reformation of Higher Education, 1965-72.” Ibram Rogers, Jameson Fellow, at 12:00 PM in Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building.

Hundreds of thousands of black students, aided on some campuses by white and Latino students, demanded and protested for a relevant learning experience. At upwards of 1,000 traditionally white and historically black colleges and universities in the United States, black campus activists initiated a range of campus reforms, including the addition of more black students, faculty, administrators, and coaches, and the establishment of black cultural centers and Black Studies courses and programs. Their ultimate aim was to diversify and thus transform higher education. This Black Campus Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s is the subject of this presentation.

January 31, 2011
Kislak Short Term Fellowship in American Studies - Application deadline - January 31, 2011.
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FEBRUARY

February 7, 2011
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed John Witte Jr. as distinguished visiting scholar.
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February 7, 2011
Distinguished author and historian James Reston Jr. has been named scholar in residence at the John W. Kluge Center.
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February 16, 2011
Nelly Lahoud Discusses “The Jihadis’ Path to Self-Destruction.”
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February 17, 2011
Alfred North Whitehead Symposium.
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MARCH

March 3, 2011
Lecture: David Laitin will present "‘One Muslim is Enough!’—Evidence from a Field Experiment in France" at the Library of Congress, 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Laitin, a political science professor who has examined the causes of religious discrimination in France, will discuss the rationales that sustain discrimination against Muslims in the French labor market. Laitin holds the Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.
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March 11, 2011
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Joan Halifax, a Zen Buddhist roshi, author and anthropologist, as distinguished visiting scholar in the John W. Kluge Center.
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March 17, 2011
Lecture: Benjamin Fordham will present "Protectionist Empire: Trade, Tariffs and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1890-1914" at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building.

The emergence of the United States as a world power during the years prior to World War I will be the topic of a lecture at the Library of Congress by Fordham, holder of the Henry Alfred Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center. The lecture is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are needed.
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March 24, 2011
Lecture: "Shaping physics in the three nations: Ganot's Franco-British canon and the pedagogical economy of American college life," Josep Simon, Kluge Fellow, at 12:00 in Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building. For more information, contact the Office of Scholarly Programs at scholarly@loc.gov or call (202) 707-3302.

March 30, 2011
Lecture: "Dancing on the Volcano: The Haitian Revolution and Atlantic Performance," Peter Reed, Kluge Fellow, Assistant Professor of American Literature, the University of Mississippi. The lecture will be at noon in LJ-119, Jefferson Building. All are welcome. For more information, contact the Office of Scholarly Programs at scholarly@loc.gov or call (202) 707-3302.

March 31, 2011
Lecture: "Money on the Road to Empire: Japan's Choice for Gold Monometallism, 1873-1897," Michael Schiltz, Kluge Fellow, Faculty of Arts, K.U. Leuven, Belgium. The lecture will begin at noon in the Whittall Pavilion in the Jefferson Building. All are welcome. For more information, contact the Office of Scholarly Programs at scholarly@loc.gov or call (202) 707-3302.

March 31 - April 1, 2011
Conference: Warring for America, 1803-1818. A conference sponsored by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Huntington Library, the Department of History of New York University, and the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Where: Mumford Room, Sixth Floor, James Madison Memorial Building, Library of Congress Independence Avenue, between First and Second Streets, Washington, D.C. When: Doors open at 8:30 on March 31, with the welcome and introductory remarks beginning at 9:15. Sessions on Thursday will run from 9:30 to 5:30 and on Friday from 9:30 to 4:30. All are welcome.
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APRIL

April 4, 2011
Application deadline EXTENDED:
The application deadline for the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies has been extended to April 4th.
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April 13, 2011
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Morton Kondracke, a veteran journalist for five decades, to the new Jack Kemp Chair in Political Economy.
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April 17, 2011
2011 Larson Fellowship deadline.

April 21, 2011
Noon Lecture: "Cuba and Florida: Exploration on a Historical Connection, 1539-1991." Miguel Bretos, Kislak Fellow in American Studies. Location: LJ-119

April 26, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Conversation: "Dignity of the Human Person." What is "human dignity" ? How important is it? What is its origin? Seven distinguished scholars, in an informal conversation, will probe the meaning of human dignity from a variety of historical, philosophical, religious, medical and social perspectives. Location: LJ-119
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MAY

May 5, 2011
4 p.m. Lecture: "Between Empire and Revolution: The Making of Soviet Central Asia, 1917-1932." Adeeb Khalid, Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Location: LJ-119
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May 11, 2011
4 p.m. Lecture: "History and the Movies: An Historian Writes a Screenplay." James Reston, Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Location: LJ-119
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May 12, 2011
4 p.m. Lecture: "Inside Compassion: Edge States, Contemplative Interventions, Neuroscience." Roshi Joan Halifax, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, with a response by Dr. George Chrousos, Kluge Chair in Technology and Society. Location: LJ-119
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May 18, 2011
Noon Lecture: "From the London Stage to Westminster Abbey: Cultural Mobility of Handel's Oratorios in Britain, 1732-1784." Ilias Chrissochoidis, Kluge Fellow. Location: Whittall Pavilion.

May 26, 2011
Noon Lecture: "Michael Pertschuk and the Federal Trade Commission, 1977-1984." Eleanor Capper, Kluge Fellow Location: LJ-119.

JUNE

June 2, 2011
Lecture: “Ian Fleming, James Bond and the Public Perception of the Central Intelligence Agency,” Christopher Moran, Kluge Center postdoctoral British Visiting Fellow. Whittall Pavilion, 12:00 noon - 1 p.m.

June 9, 2011
Double Lecture: Inscribing Ethics and Belief in Medieval India and Europe.

June 9, 2011
Lecture One: "'Seeing You Is Equivalent to Being the King': Loyalty, Ethics, and Piety in Sixteenth Century India," Christopher Chekuri, Kluge Fellow. 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m., Room LJ 119.

June 9, 2011
Lecture Two: "From Ptolemy to Pilgrimage: Images of Late Antiquity in Geography, Travel, and Cartography," Scott Johnson, Kluge Fellow. 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Room LJ 119.

JULY

July 7, 2011
Lecture: “The Political Implications of Human Genomics,” Jennifer Hochschild, who occupies the Chair in American Law and Governance, will discuss the rapid growth of genomic science, how political views and public policy have not caught up, and its likely effect on our identities and on the criminal-justice system. 4 p.m., Room LJ 119.

July 7, 2011
Lecture: “The Chaplain Writes a Chart Note: Spiritual Diagnosis in a Multidisciplinary Care Team,” Sharon Ghamari-Tabrizi, David B. Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality. 12:00 noon - 1 p.m., Room LJ 119.

July 13, 2011
Decolonization Seminar Lecture: "Decolonization – a History of Failure?" John Darwin, a Fellow of Nuffield College at Oxford University, where he teaches Imperial and Global history. 4 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., LJ 119.
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July 14, 2011
Lecture: "Skulls, Scalps, and Seminoles: Science and Violence in Florida, 1800-1842," Cameron Strang, Kislak Fellow in American Studies. 12 noon, LJ 119.

July 15, 2011
2012 Kluge Fellowship deadline.
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July 20, 2011
Decolonization Seminar Lecture: "'In Mexico There Are No Mexicans:' Decolonization and Modernization, 1750-1850," Eric Van Young, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego, and a specialist in the history of colonial and 19th-century Mexico. 4 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., LJ 119.
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July 21, 2011
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Ricardo V. Luna, a professor and former ambassador from Peru, as a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center
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July 26, 2011
Lecture: “Sephardic – Ladino – Judeo-Spanish Song: Myths and Relative Realities” Judith R. Cohen, first recipient of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies at the John W. Kluge Center. Noon in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, located in Room 220, Thomas Jefferson Building.
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July 26, 2011
Kluge Center Lecture: "Visions of Empire in the Nazi-Occupied Netherlands,” Jennifer Foray, Kluge Fellow. 12 noon - 1 p.m., LJ 119

AUGUST

August 2, 2011
Kluge Center Lecture: “‘We Must Learn to Think in Terms of Collective Action:’ Industrial Democracy and the Civil Rights Establishment of the 1930s.” Touré F. Reed, Kluge Fellow.
12 noon - 1 p.m., LJ 119

August 16, 2011
Kluge Center Concert: “Songs of the Sephardic Diaspora” Judith Cohen,
Alan Lomax Fellow in Folklife Studies, with daughter Tamar Ilana.
12 noon - 1 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E.

August 18, 2011
Kluge Center Lecture: “Liberty or Death: Slaves' Suicides and the Fight to Destroy American Slavery,” Richard Bell, Kluge Fellow.
12 noon - 1 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E.

August 23, 2011
John W. Kluge Center Announces Kluge Fellows for 2011-2012

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress announces the appointment of 12 post-doctoral fellows, who will conduct humanistic and social-science research in the Library’s large and varied collections.
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August 25, 2011
Kluge Center Lecture: "'Like Musical Woodpeckers Tapping Honey-Trees'—Alan Lomax's Six Months in Spain, 1952” Judith Cohen, Alan Lomax Fellow in Folklife Studies.
12 noon - 1 p.m., LJ 119

SEPTEMBER

September 9, 2011
Kluge Center Seeks Applications and Nominations for Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations
The Kissinger Chair is a distinguished senior research position at the Kluge Center for the study of foreign policy and international relations materials at the Library of Congress that will lead to publication. The Chair holder receives a stipend of $13,500 per month for up to 10 months, and may be of any nationality. Applications and nominations must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 1.
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September 22, 2011
Kluge Center Lecture: "This Separation Forced upon Us: Philadelphia's Free Quakers and the Culture of Revolution," Susan Garfinkel, Kluge Staff Fellow.
4 – 5 p.m., LJ 119
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September 29, 2011
Kluge Center Lecture: “Politics of Nixon and Obama”
Klaus Larres, a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, will discuss how the 1970s, like today, were characterized by controversial military engagements, deep political divisions and severe financial disruptions. Larres will describe the Nixon/Kissinger approach to overcoming U.S. "decline" in an increasingly multilateral world and analyze whether this approach is still relevant for the current administration.
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OCTOBER

October 17, 2011
Lecture: "Market Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and Natural Resource Management," Theresa Ventura, Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow
12 noon - 1 p.m., LJ 119
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October 25, 2011
Book Talk: "Expedition to the Equator: A Scientific Adventure Story." Kluge Center Distinguished Visiting Scholar Ricardo V. Luna and science writer Larrie D. Ferreiro
4:00 - 6:00 p.m., LJ 119
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NOVEMBER

November 3, 2011
Book reading: "Financial Fraud and Guerrilla Violence in Missouri’s Civil War, 1861-1865," Mark W. Geiger, Kluge Fellow
12 noon 1 p.m., LJ 119
Co-sponsored with the Center for the Book
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November 16, 2011
Lecture: "The 'Amman Message': A Magisterium for Islam?" Kluge Center Distinguished Visiting Scholar Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick
4:00 - 6:00 p.m., LJ 119
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November 17, 2011
Lecture: “Pakistan’s Strategic Culture and U.S.-Pakistan Relations,” Alexander Evans, Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations
4 - 5 p.m., LJ 119
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DECEMBER

December 15, 2011
Lecture: "Walt Whitman's Future-Founding Poetry," with Sascha Poehlman, post-doc Bavarian Fellow.
12:00 noon – 1 p.m., Whittall Pavillion <view map>

December 20, 2011
Lecture: "The Quiet People (Hiljainen Kansa): A Memoir," with Kelle Groom, Black Mountain Fellow.
12 noon – 1 p.m., Whittall Pavillion <view map>

2011 News Releases

July 21, 2011
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Ricardo V. Luna, a professor and former ambassador from Peru, as a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center
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August 23, 2011
John W. Kluge Center Announces Kluge Fellows for 2011-2012

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress announces the appointment of 12 post-doctoral fellows, who will conduct humanistic and social-science research in the Library’s large and varied collections.
[ More information ]

September 9, 2011
Kluge Center Seeks Applications and Nominations for Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations

The Kissinger Chair is a distinguished senior research position at the Kluge Center for the study of foreign policy and international relations materials at the Library of Congress that will lead to publication. The Chair holder receives a stipend of $13,500 per month for up to 10 months, and may be of any nationality. Applications and nominations must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 1.
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