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History, Discovery and Analogy: Steven Dick Talks with C-SPAN’s American History TV About Discovering Life in the Universe

In a new video interview with C-SPAN’s American History TV, Kluge Center astrobiology chair Steven Dick explains how history, discovery, and analogy may be useful frameworks for approaching the problem of what societal reactions may be to the discovery of life beyond Earth. Dick has spent the past year at the Library of Congress as […]

September’s New Scholars at the Kluge Center

On the first Monday of each month, the Kluge Center welcomes new scholars from any of our numerous chair and fellowship programs. The day consists of an orientation, setting up new residents in their work areas, and an informal new scholar’s lunch. These are busy days, and this month’s was no exception. There are new […]

On Microbes and Planets: Our Second Astrobiology Symposium Recapped

Last week’s astrobiology symposium, a part of our NASA/Library of Congress astrobiology program, was a feast of ideas and perspectives. I won’t attempt to summarize the entire event here. The conference proceedings will eventually be published as a volume, and the full webcast will be available on the Library of Congress and the NASA Astrobiology Institute websites […]

Why Astrobiology Matters to the Humanities

For the second year in a row, scholars in philosophy, the social sciences and humanities will come together with scientists at the Kluge Center this week to discuss the implications of astrobiology research on humanity and society. What does astrobiology matter to philosophers, anthropologists, historians and religion scholars? A great deal, it turns out. Astrobiology, […]

Top Scholars Conduct Research at the Library of Congress Every Day. This Blog Tells The Story.

Hello. Welcome to “Insights.” Here we’ll tell the story of top scholars in residence at The John W. Kluge Center conducting research in the Library of Congress collections. It’s a big topic, with much diversity. The Library of Congress enables research on an infinite number of subjects, and attracts some fascinating people to do it. […]