Finish 2014 with some of the best posts from our new blog, “Insights.” Don’t forget to keep up with the Kluge Center in real time by following us on Twitter: @KlugeCtr.
From all of us at the Center, our best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.
From our blog:
In an interview, Astrobiology Chair Steven Dick explained how the discovery of microbes elsewhere in the universe will bring us closer to a universal biology applicable to all life, wherever it may arise.
Historian Renata Keller provided historical perspective on the evolving Cuba-U.S. relationship.
British fellow Antony Stewart revealed a new discovery of a previously unknown diary hidden in the Library of Congress Alan Lomax Collection.
Jason Steinhauer explained why astrobiology matters to the humanities, and why astrobiology discoveries have the potential to reconfigure our assumptions about reality.
Mary Lou Reker recalled sharing time and space with Vaclav Havel, the small couch in his office, and the quiet conversations they had together.
Dan Turello interviewed Latin Americanist Charlotte Rogers about Brazil, the World Cup, and her research on contemporary South American fiction.
A profile of distinguished visiting scholar David Grinspoon and science librarian Peg Clifton showed how librarians help scholars conduct groundbreaking research.
The Kluge Center said farewell to its dear friend and colleague Tom Mann.
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Dr. Thomas (Tom) Mann is our colleague here at the Library of Congress and recently he announced that, after thirty-three years, he will retire in January 2015. All the former researchers whom he has helped as well as this blogger and the rest of the Kluge Center staff will miss him dearly. Most days you […]
Historian Renata Keller recently spent nine months at the Kluge Center researching Cuba’s relationship with Mexico and the United States during the Cold War. She spoke with Program Specialist Jason Steinhauer about the announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will begin to normalize relations between the two countries. Hi Renata, thanks for speaking to us. […]
Astrobiologist David Grinspoon and science librarian Margaret “Peg” Clifton have such an easy rapport that all I had to do was ask an initial question, and the two proceeded to speak for 30 minutes–finishing each other’s sentences along the way. The two reflect on their relationship forged at the Library of Congress that helped Grinspoon […]
The following is a guest post by Antony Stewart, British Research Council Fellow at The John W. Kluge Center. Recently, Todd Harvey, curator of the Library’s Alan Lomax Collection and a walking encyclopaedia of all things Lomax, keenly tapped me on the shoulder as I was busy listening to old Haitian pop songs in the […]
The city of Manaus, Brazil, was in the news this past summer as the site of a USA-Portugal World Cup match. Depicted on television and in print as a “jungle city” and “heart of the Amazon,” its intense heat and remote location have captured popular imagination. Charlotte Rogers, a Kluge Fellow at The John W. […]
On November 19, The John W. Kluge Center, The Embassy of the Czech Republic, and Florida International University remembered Václav Havel’s influence and legacy in a private conference at the Library of Congress. The event was immediately followed by the dedication of a bust of President Havel in the U.S. Capitol. Havel twice was a […]
November was a busy month for the Library and the Kluge Center, with a number of major events including the Gershwin Prize, the opening of the Magna Carta exhibit, and a celebration of the legacy of Vaclav Havel. During this period, The Kluge Center also welcomed four new residents, including our incoming Kissinger Chair as […]
Since I am the only Kluge Center blogger, who was at the Center when President Havel was here, my colleagues have asked me to write a little about my recollections of his time at the Center in 2005 and 2007. I can not possibly do him justice, but here goes… I was very conscious of […]
On November 19, The John W. Kluge Center, The Embassy of the Czech Republic, and Florida International University will remember Václav Havel’s influence and legacy in a private conference at the Library of Congress. The event will be immediately followed by the dedication of a bust of President Havel in the U.S. Capitol. Havel twice […]