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Photos from #ScholarFest

Seventy scholars–all past, current or future residents of the Kluge Center–converged on Capitol Hill on June 11th for a day-long festival of scholarship to celebrate 15 years of The John W. Kluge Center. #ScholarFest featured more than 30 “lightning conversations” throughout the morning, followed by an afternoon panel on freedom of expression and why it matters. Many friends and familiar faces returned to the Library; it was a stimulating way to mark fifteen years of outstanding scholarship and to look forward to the next fifteen years (and beyond).

Lightning Conversations, morning session of ScholarFest, a celebration of scholarship on Capitol Hill to mark the 15th anniversary of The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, LJ-119, June 11, 2015

Joshua Nall, 2010 Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellow, converses with David Grinspoon, 2012-13 NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, on the search for life beyond Earth, June 11, 2015. Photo by Cecelia Rogers.

Lightning Conversations, morning session of ScholarFest, a celebration of scholarship on Capitol Hill to mark the 15th anniversary of The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, LJ-119, June 11, 2015

Neil Maher, 2008 Kluge Fellow, listens to Steven Dick, 2013-14 NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, June 11, 2015. Photo by Cecelia Rogers.

Lightning Conversations, morning session of ScholarFest, a celebration of scholarship on Capitol Hill to mark the 15th anniversary of The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, LJ-119, June 11, 2015

Charlotte Rogers, 2013 Kluge Fellow, converses with George Chrousos, 2011 Kluge Chair in Technology and Society, on narratives of health, trauma and stress in literature and medicine, June 11, 2015. Photo by Cecelia Rogers.

Lightning Conversations, morning session of ScholarFest, a celebration of scholarship on Capitol Hill to mark the 15th anniversary of The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, LJ-119, June 11, 2015

Nara Milanich, 2014 American Council of Learned Societies Burkhardt Fellow, converses with Jennifer Hochschild, 2010 Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance, on genomic science, June 11, 2015. Photo by Cecelia Rogers.

Lightning Conversations, morning session of ScholarFest, a celebration of scholarship on Capitol Hill to mark the 15th anniversary of The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, LJ-119, June 11, 2015

Derrick de Kerckhove, 2003 Papamarkou Chair in Education, converses with Wendy Fok, 2013 Kluge Fellow in Digital Studies, on databases, privacy, and the Internet, June 11, 2015. Photo by Cecelia Rogers.

Lightning Conversations, morning session of ScholarFest, a celebration of scholarship on Capitol Hill to mark the 15th anniversary of The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, LJ-119, June 11, 2015

Robin Lovin, 2013 Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History, listens to Mark Anderson, 2007 Kluge Fellow, June 11, 2015. Photo by Cecelia Rogers.

Lightning Conversations, morning session of ScholarFest, a celebration of scholarship on Capitol Hill to mark the 15th anniversary of The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, LJ-119, June 11, 2015

Fayth Parks, 2009 David B. Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality, converses with Philip Gold, member of the Library of Congress Scholars Council, June 11, 2015. Photo by Cecelia Rogers.

Georgia Michael, 2012 AHRC Fellow (left), speaks with Jenna Weissman Joselit, 2007 distinguished visiting scholar, in the first round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Georgia Michael, 2012 Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellow, converses with Jenna Weissman Joselit, 2007 Distinguished Visiting Scholar, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Marie Arana, 2009 distinguished visitng scholar, speaks in the first round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Alex Hildalgo, Kislak Fellow 2009, listens as Marie Arana, 2009 Distinguished Visiting Scholar, discusses popular versus academic history, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Mark Noll, 2004 Maquire Chair in Ethics and American History (left), speaks with Kate Masur, 2004 Kluge Fellow, in the first round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Mark Noll, 2004 Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Kate Masur, a 2004 Kluge Fellow, speaks in the first round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Kate Masur, 2004 Kluge Fellow, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Renata Keller, 2013 Kluge Fellow, and Will HItchcock, 2012 Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations, engage in the first round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Renata Keller, 2013 Kluge Fellow, converses with Will Hitchcock, 2012 Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations, on whether the Cold War still matters, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Will Hitchcock, 2012 Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations, speaks in the first round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Will Hitchcock, 2012 Kissinger Chair, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Devika Singh, 2009 AHRC Fellow, speaks with William Roger Louis, 2010 Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North, in the first round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Devika Singh, 2009 Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellow, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Maurice Jackson, 2005 Kluge Fellow, speaks with Patricia Sullivan, 2005 distinguished visiting scholar, in the first round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Maurice Jackson, 2005 Kluge Fellow, converses with Patricia Sullivan, 2005 Distinguished Visiting Scholar, about the history of race riots in Washington, D.C., June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Patricia Sullivan, 2005 distinguished visiting scholar, speaks in the first round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Patricia Sullivan, 2005 Distinguished Visiting Scholar, talks about the founding of the NAACP, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Pauline Yu, from the Scholars Council, speaks in the first round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Pauline Yu, member of the Library of Congress Scholars Council, discusses Chinese history and poetry, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Jeff Moser, 2014 Kluge Fellow, and Pauline Yu, from the Scholars Council, speak in the first round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Jeff Moser, 2014 Kluge Fellow, converses with Pauline Yu, member of the Library of Congress Scholars Council, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Paul Crego and Wes Granberg-Michaelson

Paul Crego, 2007 Kluge Staff Fellow, converses with Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, 2012 Distinguished Visiting Scholar, June 11, 2015. Photo by Sinead Carolan.

Annette Seidel Arpaci and Cecelia Tichi

Annette Seidel Arpaci, 2006 Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellow, converses with Cecelia Tichi, 2006 Kluge Chair in Modern Culture, June 11, 2015. Photo by Sinead Carolan.

Deirdre Ni Chonghaile and Kay Kaufman Shelemay

Deirdre Ni Chonghaile, 2012 Alan Lomax Fellow in Folklife Studies, converses with Kay Kaufman Shelemay, 2007 Kluge Chair in Modern Culture, on music and identity, June 11, 2015. Photo by Sinead Carolan.

Jeff Goldgeier, 2005 Kissinger Chair (left), and Mario del Pero, 2007 Kluge Fellow, open the second round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

James Goldgeier, 2005 Kissinger Chair, and Mario del Pero, 2007 Kluge Fellow, begin their ‘lightning conversation’ in the Members Room of the Library of Congress, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Jeff Goldgeier, 2005 Kissinger Chair (left), and Mario del Pero, 2007 Kluge Fellow, open the second round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Mario del Pero answers James Goldgeier’s question of what keeps him up at night vis-a-vis peace and security, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Johanna Bockman, 2008 Kluge Fellow, speaks during the second round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Johanna Bockman, 2008 Kluge Fellow, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Klaus Larres, 2002 Kissinger Chair (left), and Balazs Szelenyi, 2003 Internationsal Studies Fellow, discuss perspectives on the concept of world order during the second round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Klaus Larres, 2002 Kissinger Chair, speaks as Balazs Szelenyi, 2003 International Studies Fellow, listens, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Alexander Evans, 2011 Kissinger Chair, speaks during the second round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Alexander Evans, 2011 Kissinger Chair, asserts that “diplomats think short, historians think long,” June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Melvyn Leffler, 2005 Kissinger Chair, speaks in the second round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Melvyn Leffler, 2005 Kissinger Chair, converses with Robert Mason, 2004 Kluge Fellow, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Robert Mason, 2004 Kluge Fellow, speaks in the second round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Robert Mason, 2004 Kluge Fellow, discusses his research on American politician Robert Taft, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Mikhail Alexseev, 2003 Kluge Fellow, takes questions from the audience following the second round of "Lightning Conversations" as part of the Scholarfest celebration in honor of the John W. Kluge Center's 15th anniversary, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Mikhail Alexseev, 2003 Kluge Fellow, addresses a question from the audience on Winston Churchill, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Bruce Jentleson and Daniel Schwartz

Bruce Jentleson, 2015 Kissinger Chair, and Daniel Schwartz, 2012 Kluge Fellow, discuss the usage of the term ‘ghetto’ in the formations of African-American and Jewish identities, June 11, 2015. Photo by Sinead Carolan.

George Saliba

George Saliba, 2005 Distinguished Visiting Scholar, addresses a question from the audience, June 11, 2015. Photo by Sinead Carolan.

Daniel Schwartz

Daniel Schwartz, 2012 Kluge Fellow, addresses a question from the audience, June 11, 2015. Photo by Sinead Carolan.

Ambassador Teresita Schaffer, 2008 Kisinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations, speaks on a panel about freedom of expression during the conclusion of Scholarfest, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

The afternoon panel of #ScholarFest discussed freedom of expression and why it matters, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Ambassador Teresita Schaffer, 2008 Kisinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations, speaks on a panel about freedom of expression during the conclusion of Scholarfest, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Ambassador Teresita Schaffer, 2008 Kisinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations, speaks on a panel about freedom of expression during the conclusion of #Scholarfest, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

William Roger Louis, 2010 Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North, speaks on a panel about freedom of expression during the conclusion of Scholarfest, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Wm Roger Louis, 2010 Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North, speaks on a panel about freedom of expression during the conclusion of #Scholarfest, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

William Julius Wilson, 2015 Chair in American Law and Governance, speaks on a panel about freedom of expression during the conclusion of Scholarfest, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

William Julius Wilson, 2015 Chair in American Law and Governance, speaks on a panel about freedom of expression during the conclusion of #Scholarfest, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Dan Turello

Dan Turello of the Kluge Center moderates a morning session of #ScholarFest in room LJ-119 of the Library of Congress, June 11, 2015. Photo by Cecelia Rogers.

Jason Steinhauer of the Kluge Center

Jason Steinhauer of the Kluge Center moderates a morning session of #ScholarFest in The Members Room of the Library of Congress, June 11, 2015. Photo by Armenoui Kasparian Saraidari.

Jane McAuliffe

Jane McAuliffe, director of the Kluge Center, chairs the afternoon session of #ScholarFest, June 11, 2015. Photo by Cecelia Rogers.

Reflections: "Looking Back, Looking Forward," afternoon session of ScholarFest, a celebration of scholarship on Capitol Hill to mark the 15th anniversary of The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, LJ-119, June 11, 2015

Prosser Gifford, inaugural director of The John W. Kluge Center, June 11, 2015. Photo by Cecelia Rogers.

Reflections: "Looking Back, Looking Forward," afternoon session of ScholarFest, a celebration of scholarship on Capitol Hill to mark the 15th anniversary of The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, LJ-119, June 11, 2015

Carolyn Brown, second director of The John W. Kluge Center, June 11, 2015. Photo by Cecelia Rogers.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington speaks during the closing ceremony for the John W. Kluge Center Scholarfest, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington speaks during the closing ceremony of #Scholarfest, June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

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