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Mon, 10 Sep 2018 08:56:49 -0500
News from the John W. Kluge Center: “Star Wars Under the Stars” at the Library of Congress

“Star Wars Under the Stars” at the Library of Congress


Wed, 22 Aug 2018 10:20:57 -0500
News from the John W. Kluge Center: Livestream of Kluge Prize Gala, Wednesday, September 12th (7pm)

On Wednesday, September 12th, at 7pm, the Kluge Center will be awarding the Kluge Prize for the Achievement in the Study of Humanity to Renowned Scholar, Historian, and Education Leader Drew Gilpin Faust. Watch the livestream on www.loc.gov or www.youtube.com/loc


Tue, 07 Aug 2018 12:02:29 -0500
2019 Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology Competition Has Opened

The Blumberg Chair is open to scholars and leading thinkers in the fields of philosophy, history, religion, literature, astrobiology, astronomy, planetary science, the history of science, paleontology, Earth and atmospheric sciences, geological sciences, ethics, or other related fields. Possibilities for research subjects are many. The following are meant to inspire, not to limit creativity: legal issues related to governance of planets and space; the ethical implications of cross-contamination; scientific and philosophical definitions of life; conceptions of the origins of life in theistic and non-theistic religions; comparison of the discussion of these issues in multiple nations and cultures. The Chair may also consider life’s collective future—for humans and other life, on Earth and beyond, examining the impacts on life and future evolutionary trajectories that may result from both natural events and human-directed activities. For more information on this chair, please click here.


Fri, 25 May 2018 12:44:46 -0500
Announcing the 2019 Digital Studies Fellowship

The Library's John W. Kluge Center seeks proposals from scholars worldwide that will generate deep, empirically-grounded understanding of the consequences of the digital revolution on how people think, how society functions, and how international relations shift. 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. Scholars are encouraged to think creatively about how the Library's collections may inform a study of the digital revolution's impact on how we think, how we live, and how we relate to one another.

Applications are due December 6, 2018. Find out more information at our website.


Sun, 31 Dec 2017 11:00:14 -0600
Library of Congress GDPR Notification

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Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:07:51 -0600
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Thank you for a making a gift to inspire curiosity, ignite conversations and illuminate minds. The Library’s first year-end giving campaign is a success because of you.

Your gift to the Library supports literacy and reading initiatives, exhibitions and countless public programs that are absolutely free for everyone to enjoy. Many of these programs are only possible because of the generosity of people like you. Here's more information.

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Wed, 27 Dec 2017 09:00:16 -0600
Make a Year-End Gift to the Nation's Library
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December 27, 2017

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Make Your Gift Before the End of 2017

The Library’s resolution for 2018 is to offer more opportunities to engage lifelong learners like you with our unique treasures and programs. Make your gift before we close the books on 2017!

Your gift can:

  • Inspire curiosity in children like Daliyah—our first Librarian of the Day—to read more books, and students—like our A Book That Shaped Me contest winners—to reflect on the power of books to change their lives
  • Ignite thoughtful conversation among current and future generations of students and scholars
  • Illuminate the minds of people like you who use the resources of the nation's Library here in Washington or via the Internet in their own homes and communities

With the help of supporters like you, we can spark the imagination of people of all ages with programs that open the Library’s doors wide to all.

Join us TODAY by making your 2017 tax-deductible donation, and together we’ll spark a lifelong adventure of learning.      

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Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:00:23 -0600
Make a Year-End Gift to the Nation's Library
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December 27, 2017

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Make Your Gift Before the End of 2017

The Library’s resolution for 2018 is to offer more opportunities to engage lifelong learners like you with our unique treasures and programs. Make your gift before we close the books on 2017!

Your gift can:

  • Inspire curiosity in children like Daliyah—our first Librarian of the Day—to read more books, and students—like our A Book That Shaped Me contest winners—to reflect on the power of books to change their lives
  • Ignite thoughtful conversation among current and future generations of students and scholars
  • Illuminate the minds of people like you who use the resources of the nation's Library here in Washington or via the Internet in their own homes and communities

With the help of supporters like you, we can spark the imagination of people of all ages with programs that open the Library’s doors wide to all.

Join us TODAY by making your 2017 tax-deductible donation, and together we’ll spark a lifelong adventure of learning.      

Thank you!

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Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:00:15 -0600
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Thank You for Supporting the Library!

Thank you for a making a gift to inspire curiosity, ignite conversations and illuminate minds. The Library’s first celebration of #GivingTuesday is a success because of you.

Your gift to the Library supports literacy and reading initiatives, exhibitions and countless public programs that are absolutely free for everyone to enjoy.  Many of these programs are only possible because of the generosity of people like you. Here's more information.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:00:20 -0600
Make Your Gift to the Nation’s Library!
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Make Your Gift to the Nation's Library

The day has arrived—#GivingTuesday—a day when your gift makes a difference and a statement.

The Library of Congress is strengthened by donations from people like you. Gifts bring the Library to life with music, dance, film, sound, culture, scholarship, research, discussions and ideas. Your gift, no matter the size, will expand the collections and support diverse programs that are entirely FREE for everyone to enjoy, and will make the Library’s treasures and services more accessible. Here's more information.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:36:31 -0600
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Spark a Lifelong Adventure of Learning

This year, for the first time, the Library of Congress is participating in #GivingTuesday—a global giving movement. On Tuesday, November 28, we are asking you to make a gift to spark a lifelong adventure of learning. Here's more information.

The Library of Congress is your library, your gateway to understanding the world. There is so much to discover, not only the nation’s memory, but the world’s—information from all corners of the earth, in more than 470 languages. With millions of items available online, you can access the Library’s treasures from anywhere.

Save the Date to Make Your Gift!

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.


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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:00:06 -0600
Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North Peng Guoxiang to Deliver Lecture, January 26—Dispatch January 13, 2017

Peng Guoxiang will discuss Confucianism as a religious and spiritual


Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:27:01 -0600
Call for Applications: Jon B. Lovelace Fellowship for the Study of the Alan Lomax Collection—Dispatch December 2, 2016

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is now accepting applications for Jon B. Lovelace Fellowship for the Study of the Alan Lomax Collection. The application deadline is February 1, 2017.

The Lovelace Fellowship, established in 2015 for the study of the Alan Lomax Collection, pays tribute to the 60-year friendship between philanthropist Jon B. Lovelace and James H. Billington, who served as Librarian of Congress from 1987-2015. Under Billington’s leadership and through the generous benefaction of Jon and Lillian Lovelace, the Alan Lomax Collection was acquired in 1999 by the American Folklife Center and the Association for Cultural Equity at Hunter College. The Lomax Collection is a major collection of ethnographic field audio recordings, motion pictures, photographs, manuscripts, correspondence and other materials that represent Lomax’s lifetime of work to document and analyze traditional music, dance, storytelling and other expressive genres that arise from cultural groups in many parts of the world, particularly the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the Caribbean. Lomax (1915-2002) was one of the greatest documenters of traditional culture during the twentieth century.

The Lovelace Fellowship


Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:00:08 -0600
Scholars to Discuss African Immigrants in the U.S., Dec. 15—Dispatch December 1, 2016

Contemporary African immigration and African communities in the U.S. will be the focus of a half-day symposium at the Library of Congress on Dec. 15.

Contemporary African Immigrants in the United States” will be hosted by noted historian Toyin Falola, the current Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South at the Library of Congress. The symposium will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15 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.

The scholars participating are:

What:Contemporary African Immigrants in the United States”, hosted by historian Toyin Falola, 2016 Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South.

When: Thursday, December 15, 2016, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. – note earlier start time

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/

Falola 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.” As a series editor, he manages leading monograph series for the following publishers: Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Cambria Press, Carolina Academic Press, the University of Rochester Press, and the Cambridge University Press. He also serves on the board of more than 20 journals on African Studies. He was the vice-president of the International Scientific Committee, UNESCO Slave Route Project. Falola is now the president of the Consortium of Pan-African University Press. He currently serves on the Library of Congress Scholars Council.

Falola has spent the past four months at the Library of Congress researching a project titled “African Immigrant Communities in the United States.” Falola seeks to document and to structure into a discernible narrative framework the stories and experiences of African intellectual and professional migrants to North America and Europe in what is being called “the moment of brain drain.” He also wants to produce both a collection of aesthetically independent and readable stories of migration, its challenges, and its triumphs, and an archive of immigrant experiences for scholars and policymakers.

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 history of the regions of 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.

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.

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Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:00:08 -0500
Jameson Fellow Wendy Wong to Lecture on Slavery in the Early Republic, Nov. 17—Dispatch November 10, 2016

On Thursday November 17 at 4 p.m., Jameson Fellow Wendy Wong will lecture on slavery in the early American Republic.

As Americans publicly debated their foreign relations in the 1790s, they enacted on their own soil the very foreign conflicts that they claimed not to want. In her talk, Jameson Fellow Wendy Wong examines the neutrality crisis through the publicizing of information in print, exploring the ways that the struggle to remain neutral was fraught with irony, even as it meant resisting being drawn into foreign conflict. In particular, her talk focuses on how the slavery question arose in public debates over neutrality, challenging the Early Republic’s stability and its ability to remain neutral.

Historian Wendy Wong is the 2016 J. Franklin Jameson Fellow in American History at the Library of Congress. She is working on a book project tentatively titled “Diplomatic Subtleties and Frank Overtures: Print Publicity, Neutrality, and the Politics of Slavery in the Early American Republic, 1793–1801.” The Jameson Fellowship is offered jointly by the Library of Congress and the American Historical Association.

What:Neutrality, Print Publicity, and the Politics of Slavery in the Early Republic” a lecture by Jameson Fellow Wendy Wong.

When: Thursday, November 17, 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 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.

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Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:00:55 -0500
Kluge Fellow Sheryl Kaskowitz to Discuss "Government Song Woman" Sidney Robertson, Nov. 3--Dispatch, October 27, 2016

On Thursday, November 3rd at 4 p.m., Kluge Fellow Sheryl Kaskowitz will lecture on the “government song woman” and folk-music collector Sidney Robertson.

In her travels as a “government song woman” during the 1930s, folk-music collector Sidney Robertson recorded a wide range of musical expression that would help to shape the folk music revival in the decades that followed. Kluge Fellow Sheryl Kaskowitz discusses how beyond this important musical contribution, Sidney's letters and reports from these trips paint a vivid picture of life in Depression-era America and shed light on the government's use of music in the service of uniting the people during the New Deal.

What: “'Delight in What It Is to be an American': Sidney Robertson on the Road, 1935-1937” a lecture by Kluge Fellow Sheryl Kaskowitz.

When: Thursday, November 3, 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 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.

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Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:02:38 -0500
Sociologist Bruce Carruthers to Deliver Maguire Lecture, Oct. 28—Dispatch October 14, 2016

Sociologist Bruce Carruthers will discuss how credit and credit decision-making in the United States has developed over the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, in the annual Maguire Lecture at the Library of Congress on Oct. 28.

Carruthers, who held the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the Library’s John W. Kluge Center in 2016, will present "The Economy of Promises: Trust and Credit in America," at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, in the Whittall Pavilion on the ground 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.

In his lecture, Carruthers will examine how the automated credit scores and credit-rating systems of today have evolved from older methods that depended on individual reputations and personal relationships. He will also investigate how, in an economy that depends on credit, people manage trust and how they reduce uncertainty and vulnerability. The talk will be the culmination of three months of research on the topic as the Maguire Chair at the Library of Congress. Carruthers used the Library’s collections to research the project for an upcoming book tentatively titled "An Economy of Promises: Trust and Credit in America."

What: “The Economy of Promises: Trust and Credit in America”, the Annual Maguire Address at the Library of Congress, hosted by The John W. Kluge Center

When: Friday, October 28, 2016, 3:00 p.m. – note the special date and time

Where: Whittall Pavilion, Ground 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/

A sociologist of economy and law, Carruthers is the John D. MacArthur Chair and Professor of Sociology and director of the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author or co-author of five books on markets, business, the economy and politics. His most recent book, "Money and Credit: A Sociological Approach," examined the social dimensions of money and credit and the individual and corporate levels. His 2009 book "Bankrupt: Global Lawmaking and Systemic Financial Crisis," co-authored with Terence C. Halliday, studied how global actors have shaped corporate bankruptcy laws around the world.

At Northwestern, his areas of research include the historical evolution of credit as a problem in the sociology of trust, regulatory arbitrage, what modern derivatives markets reveal about the relationship between law and capitalism, and the regulation of credit for poor people in early 20th-century America.

Carruthers has held visiting fellowships at the Russell Sage Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. He has also received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1991.

The Cary and Ann Maguire Chair 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 America with special attention to the ethical dimensions of domestic economic, political and social policies and present a lecture on the research at the end of the tenure. For more information, visit loc.gov/kluge/fellowships/maguire.html/

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.


Wed, 05 Oct 2016 11:14:32 -0500
Kluge Fellow Sarah Cameron to Lecture on Kazakh Famine of the 1930s, Oct. 20—Dispatch October 13, 2016

On Thursday, October 20th at 4 p.m., Kluge Fellow Sarah Cameron will lecture on the Kazakh Famine of the 1930s.

In her talk, Cameron will analyze a little-known episode of Stalinist social engineering, the Kazakh famine of 1930-33, which led to the death of more than 1.5 million people, a quarter of Soviet Kazakhstan’s population. Using memoirs, oral history accounts, and archival documents, she will explore the stories of those who lived through the famine, ask how this crisis reshaped Soviet Kazakhstan and what it meant to be "Kazakh," and how the case of the Kazakh famine alters understandings of development and nation-building under Stalin. Read more about her project on our blog >

Sarah Cameron is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park. As a 2016 Kluge Fellow she researched a book project titled, “The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan.”

What: The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan” a lecture by Kluge Fellow Sarah Cameron.

When: Thursday, October 20, 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 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.

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:00:40 -0500
Luis Campos Arrives as Astrobiology Chair at The John W. Kluge Center—Dispatch October 5, 2016

Luis Campos has arrived as the fourth Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. His tenure began on Oct. 3, 2016. He will 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.


Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:00:45 -0500
Edward Widmer Appointed Director of The John W. Kluge Center—Dispatch September 29, 2016

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.

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Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:01:15 -0500
Kislak Fellowship Deadline Extended until October 31—Dispatch September 20, 2016

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.

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Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:01:32 -0500
Call for Applications: Kluge Fellowships in Digital Studies—Dispatch September 16, 2016

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


Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:03:08 -0500
“Emergence of Life” Symposium Occurs September 15—Dispatch September 8, 2016

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

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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:

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.

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

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.

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

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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