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Archive: July 2015 (7 Posts)

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Scholarship That Informs Policy: Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Posted by: Jason Steinhauer

The following is a guest post by Lauren Sinclair, Program Assistant at The John W. Kluge Center. On the question of the applicability of scholarship to policy, scholars are sometimes faulted for being out of touch and out of step with the needs of lawmakers. Fernando Henrique Cardoso, winner of the 2012 Kluge Prize, upends …

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Preserving Social Media for Future Historians

Posted by: Jason Steinhauer

Information scientist Katrin Weller’s research investigates how future historians might use social media as primary source materials, and how such materials should be preserved. One of two inaugural Kluge Fellows in Digital Studies, Weller was in residence at the Library of Congress from January – June 2015. She sat down with Jason Steinhauer to discuss …

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Capturing a Moment in Time: Documenting Musicians from the Horn of Africa in Their New American Diaspora

Posted by: Jason Steinhauer

The following is a guest post by Kay Kaufman Shelemay, G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music at Harvard University and 2007 Kluge Chair in Modern Culture at The John W. Kluge Center. When scholars think about the Library of Congress, they may immediately recall its famous collections that provide rich resources for the study of …

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The Kluge Center, Facial Masks for Veterans, and Students from Singapore

Posted by: Jason Steinhauer

The following story was written¬†by Megan Harris of the Library’s Veterans History Project and was featured in the Library of Congress staff newsletter, The Gazette. It also appeared on the Library of Congress blog under the title “Inquiring Minds: Anna Coleman Ladd and WWI Veterans.” It has been edited. Last month Benjamin King, Maria Ellsworth …

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This Scholar Was Skeptical About the “Lightning Conversation.” Now, He’s a Fan.

Posted by: Jason Steinhauer

The following is a guest post by Bruce Jentleson, #ScholarFest participant and 2015-16 Kissinger Chair at Library of Congress Kluge Center. OK, I admit it. I was a skeptic about the “lightning conversation” format for the #ScholarFest commemorating the 15th anniversary of The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Five to seven …

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William Julius Wilson Discusses “The Declining Significance of Race” on Voice of America’s Press Conference USA

Posted by: Jason Steinhauer

William Julius Wilson‘s 1978 book “The Declining Significance of Race” argued that economic class had gradually become more important than race in determining the life trajectory of African Americans. During his recent tenure as the Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance, Wilson re-examined the arguments put forth in his book, to see if they …

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The End of a Seminar, the Birth of a New Field of Study

Posted by: Jason Steinhauer

The following is a guest post by Dane Kennedy, director of the National History Center, a project of the American Historical Association. It is with a mixture of anticipation and regret that I await the start of the Tenth International Seminar on Decolonization, whose participants will gather at The John W. Kluge Center at the …