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Announcing the 2020 Jon B. Lovelace Fellow

The John W. Kluge Center is pleased to announce that Camille Moreddu has been selected as the newest Jon B. Lovelace Fellow for the Study of the Alan Lomax Collection at the Library of Congress.

Camille Moreddu is a French cultural historian from Paris-Nanterre University. She has researched the emergence of the concept of “American Folk Music” from its beginnings in the Progressive Era to its general acceptance during the New Deal, with particular attention to the cultural definition of the American people that it implies. Raised in a small town in the countryside of Brittany, France, Moreddu has also authored comparative studies of folklore in Brittany and the United States. Like many folk music scholars, she is also a musician herself, playing bars, village fairs, and the occasional festival.

As the incoming Jon B. Lovelace Fellow for the Study of the Alan Lomax Collection, Moreddu will study Lomax’s little-known recordings of French-speaking minorities in Michigan and Indiana, and other collections held at the Library including similar materials such as the University of Wisconsin 1940 Folk Music Recording Project.

Each year, the John W. Kluge Center invites qualified scholars to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship for advanced research based on the Alan Lomax Collection, eventually selecting one that is best suited to the Library’s collections and the Kluge Center’s mission. The Kluge Center encourages interdisciplinary projects that combine disciplines in novel and productive ways.

Applications will open for the next round of fellows in April of 2022, with a deadline of July 15. Click here for more information for this fellowship program, and please consider applying.

Kluge Center Welcomes New Chairs in Residence

Four scholars holding chair positions at the Kluge Center began their terms in residence in September 2021. These positions are filled by invitation of the Librarian of Congress and scholars enjoy individual offices in the Jefferson Building, where they engage in writing and research and interact with other scholars in residence. Keep reading to get […]

How Did The Courts Become So Politicized?

Perhaps no institution serves as a better example of changing attitudes towards US institutions than the judiciary, and specifically the Supreme Court. Increasingly, justices are viewed through a lens of partisanship or ideology, and they are seen as interested in achieving the policy goals of their side rather than as disinterested legal thinkers. In the […]

Thérèse Bonney: Curator, Photographer, Syndicator, Spy

This is a guest post by Kluge Center Research Assistant Sophia Zahner, an interview with 2021 Kluge Fellow Caroline Riley. Riley is also a Research Associate at the University of California, Davis. Sophia Zahner: How did you become interested in the photography of Thérèse Bonney? How does it relate to your other research projects? Caroline […]

Announcing a Call for Applications to the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration, and Scientific Innovation

This is a guest post by Kluge Center Program Assistant Sophia Zahner. The Kluge Center is pleased to invite interested scholars to apply to the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration, and Scientific Innovation or to pass this invitation on to a qualified colleague. As a partnership between NASA’s Astrobiology Program […]