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October 2018 Arrivals at Kluge

October 2018 is here, and with the change in leaves approaching, the Kluge Center welcomed five new fellows into residence. Here are the projects that they will be working on:

Emma Day, an incoming Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellow, arrived from the University of Oxford. During her residency, Emma will conduct research on her project, “Out of the Silence: Women Protesting the AIDS Epidemic, 1980-2017.” While in residence, she will use the Library’s legislative records on activities pertaining to women and AIDS, as well as the manuscript collections of multiple government figures, like Daniel Moynihan, Hawaiian Congresswoman Patsy T. Mink, Gregory Pincus, and Margaret Sanger. Emma hopes to finish the primary research for her project while at the Library.

Adjoa Osei, a second incoming Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellow, arrived from the University of Liverpool. During her residency, Adjoa will work on her research project, “Performance Art, Intellectualism and Politics – A Study of An Afro-Brazilian Transnational Performer in the Early Twentieth Century.” While in residence, she will use rare texts within the Performing Arts Division. Additionally, she will consult Library newspaper holdings, as well as rare photographs in the Prints and Photographs Division. Adjoa hopes to make serious advances in her research for her PhD thesis.

Nicola Phillips, our incoming Georgian Papers Fellow, arrived from the University of London. During her residency, Nicola will focus on her project, “Advocacy, Law and American Independence: Thomas Erskine and the Transatlantic Public Sphere, 1775 – 1823.” While in residence, she will examine the up to 52 books and pamphlets written by, to or about Thomas Erskine between 1770 and 1830, including copies owned by Jefferson. She also will examine materials related to Erskine in the Law Library, as well as manuscript holdings of James Monroe, Thomas Pinckney, and William Pinckney. Nicola hopes to provide new insights into the transnational movement of lawyers, legal culture, and “liberal” ideas that impacted the development of Anglo-American justice and adversarial trial.

Mark Horowitz, the Kluge Center’s incoming Staff Fellow, arrived from the Library’s Music Division. During his residency, Mark will concentrate on, “The Oscar Hammerstein II Correspondence.” While in residence, he will use the Library’s Oscar Hammerstein II Collection, along with other relevant collections. Mark hopes to produce a wide-ranging selection suitable for publication, which would be a resource for researchers and students and an introduction to the inner workings of musical theater for a general readership.

Additionally, the Kluge Center welcomed a Visiting Fellow, Michael Steppat, Professor in English at the University of Bayreuth, for the month of October. While in residence, Michael will work on his project, “Shakespeare Editing and Theatre History.”

Check back next month for more arriving scholars. Click here for the full list of scholars currently in residence.

From the Director’s Desk

The Kluge Center held a flurry of events in the last week of September, including a discussion with Jonathan Haidt of his book, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” the Symposium “Becoming Interplanetary,” hosted by the NASA/Library of Congress Blumberg Chair in Astrobiology, Lucianne Walkowicz, and a dynamic discussion of the politics and culture of […]