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The Best of our Blog 2015

Finish 2015 with some of the best posts from our blog, “Insights.” Don’t forget to keep up with the Kluge Center in real time by following us on Twitter: @KlugeCtr.

From our blog:

While conducting research in the Library, scholar Ben Reed discovered a manuscript that traces an Archbishop’s tour through Mexico in the 1680s.

In an interview, historian Jessica Pearson-Patel discussed the historical parallels between the Ebola response and responses to other transnational diseases.

Historian Julia Young researched the history of Mexican immigration to the United States in the early 20th century.

We marked our first-ever #ScholarFest, a celebration of fifteen years of the Kluge Center featuring more than 70 Kluge scholars past and present.

Information scientist Katrin Weller discussed how to preserve today’s social media for tomorrow’s scholars and researchers.

We announced the recipients of this year’s Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity, philosophers Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor.

Journalist and author Gregg Jones retraced the lives of a lost WWII bomber crew.

The Kluge Center also launched a collaboration with TIME.com this year to showcase scholarly research from the Center. Posts on refugees post-WWII, the origins and legacy of the ‘Third World’, the transformation of African American life after the Civil War, and Native Americans in Washington, D.C. can be viewed on TIME.com.

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From all of us at the Center, our best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.

The Ugly Sweater Contest at the Kluge Center

I want to update you on a Kluge Center holiday event that may become a seasonal ritual. In December last year, Wendy W. Fok (Kluge Fellow in Digital Studies, 2014) suggested that the Center’s Fellows hold an “ugly holiday sweater contest.” The mood was, “Yes. Let’s do it.” Thus the Center’s first “ugly holiday sweater” […]

The Legacy of a Lost WWII Bomber Crew

Author and journalist Gregg Jones spent four months at the Kluge Center researching the American bombing campaign during World War II in an effort to better understand the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the “Jerk’s Natural” over Austria in October 1943. The Black Mountain Institute-Kluge Fellow for 2015-2016, Jones sat down with Jason Steinhauer to […]

New Scholars at the Kluge Center – November 2015

In the month of November the Kluge Center welcomed five new scholars to the Library. Below are summaries of two of their research projects. Hannah Clark is a newly arrived Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellow and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Bristol. During her residency, Hannah will be working on her project, […]

Tony Blair at the Library of Congress

Last week the Kluge Center hosted the Right Honourable Tony Blair to deliver the Seventh Kissinger Lecture at the Library of Congress. The former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland addressed the challenges posed by Islamic extremism and strategies to defeat the threat. He was then joined by the Honorable Martin S. Indyk, […]

The Politics of Catastrophe: A History of American War Politics

Legal historian Mary Dudziak is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University and 2015 Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the Kluge Center. A scholar whose work touches upon war history, civil rights history, constitutional law and foreign policy, her research at the Kluge Center has centered on how the American […]

Commemorating Dante Alighieri, Keen Political Observer

Dante’s Commedia is celebrated for its beautiful verse about love, friendship, theology, and philosophy. It captures the early 14th century world, and celebrates a characteristic rationality of the Middle Ages—a world in which everything had its proper place and right ordering. One of the strands found throughout the text is an ongoing reflection on the […]

Retracing the Steps of Refugees on Cyprus

Eliana Hadjisavvas is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Birmingham and a current Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellow at The John W. Kluge Center. She sat down with Jason Steinhauer to discuss her research project, “Jewish Displaced Persons and the Case of the Cypriot Internment Camps: The Role of the United States 1945-1950.” […]

The Civil War, Reconstruction and the Transformation of African American Life in the 19th Century

This year the nation commemorated the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The war was a period of great transformation in America, in Washington, D.C., and in the lives of African Americans. Those changes continued into the second half of the 19th century. Jason Steinhauer sat down with historian Kate Masur, a […]

Scholarly Explorations of War

Scholar Thomas Dodman once said, “All wars big and small are catastrophes of one sort or another for those who they affect.” For years scholars at the Kluge Center have reflected on and studied the effects of war on those who fight, the nations who engage in them, and on society as a whole, in […]