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The Best of our Blog 2014

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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Saying Farewell to a Dear Friend

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 […]

A Historical Perspective on the Cuba-U.S. Relationship

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. […]

Kinship and Scholarship: A Librarian and Scholar Find Books and Each Other

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 […]

Charlotte Rogers, Kluge Fellow, on Manaus, the World Cup, and Contemporary South American Fiction

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. […]

Václav Havel: Legacies

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 […]