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John W. Kluge Prize: Drew Gilpin Faust to Make Case for Study of Humanity

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, Drew Gilpin Faust – historian, former Harvard University president and author of the Bancroft Prize-winning book “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War” – will accept the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity.

The $1 million Kluge Prize, bestowed through the generosity of the late John W. Kluge, recognizes individuals whose outstanding scholarship in the humanities and social sciences has shaped public affairs and civil society. Administered by the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, the international prize highlights the value of researchers who communicate not only within the scholarly community but also beyond it.

In accepting the prize, Faust will speak about the importance of the humanities, the challenges facing college and university campuses today, and the questions that have motivated her scholarly work.

Watch the livestream of Faust’s address at loc.gov or on YouTube.

Read an interview with Faust following announcement of the award here.

September 2018 Arrivals at Kluge

September 2018 is here, and with summer winding down in D.C., the Kluge Center welcomed six new fellows into residence, including three from our Kluge Fellowship Program. Here are the projects that they will be working on: Joel Blecher, an incoming Kluge Fellow, arrived from George Washington University. During his residency, Joel will conduct research […]

From the Director’s Desk

The Kluge Center welcomes several accomplished scholars this month. These include two who will be holding new chairs – the Jay I. Kislak Chair for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas and the Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-Russia Relations (funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York). All of […]

August 2018 Arrivals at Kluge

August 2018 is here, and with summer in full swing in D.C., the Kluge Center welcomed six new fellows into residence, including five from our Kluge Fellowship Program. Here are the projects that they will be working on: Alda Benjamen, an incoming Kluge Fellow, arrived from the University of Pennsylvania Museum. During her residency, Alda […]

July 2018 Arrivals at Kluge

July 2018 is here, and while D.C. residents threw barbecues and watched fireworks for the Fourth, the Kluge Center welcomed three new scholars into residence. Here are the projects that they will be working on: Tamika Galanis, our incoming Jon B. Lovelace Fellow for the Study of the Alan Lomax Collection, arrived from Duke University. […]

Can Big Data Save Us from Ourselves? A Conversation About Information, Democracy, and Dystopia

On a rainy day in late spring, a pan-Asian noodle restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue offered the perfect nook for a spirited conversation about big data, algorithms, and the construction of our legal and social realities. Among those at the table with me were Martin Hilbert, who was a Kluge Distinguished Visiting Scholar and is Associate […]

From the Director’s Desk

The Kluge Center was the focus of national attention in mid-June when the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, announced the winner of the Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity. Drew Gilpin Faust, historian and outgoing president of Harvard University, embodies the combination of renowned scholarship and public impact that defines the Prize. […]

June 2018 Arrivals at Kluge

June 2018 is here, and as D.C. celebrated the Capitals’ Stanley Cup championship run, the Kluge Center welcomed several new scholars into residence. Here are the projects that they will be working on: Emily Baughan, an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellow, arrived from the University of Sheffield. During her residency, Emily will conduct […]

The John W. Kluge Prize: Q&A with Drew Gilpin Faust

The following is a repost from the Library of Congress blog. Today, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced that Drew Gilpin Faust—historian, Harvard University president and author of the Bancroft Prize-winning book “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War”—will receive the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity. […]