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African American Passages Episode 3: Robert Pinn’s Left Hand

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

In the third episode of our African American Passages podcast, John W. Kluge Center Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Georgetown University history professor Adam Rothman tells the story of Robert Pinn, Medal of Honor winner and sergeant in the 5th United States Colored Troops. Like many soldiers in the Civil War, Pinn lost the use of …

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African American Passages Episode 2: The Long Journey of Omar Ibn Said

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

In the second episode of African American Passages: Black Lives in the 19th Century, John W. Kluge Center Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Georgetown University history professor Adam Rothman looks at the story of Omar Ibn Said. Rothman is joined on the podcast by Mary-Jane Deeb, the Chief of the Library of Congress’s African and Middle …

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A Brief Survey of “Elections that Echo”

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

The following is a guest post by L. Marvin Overby, a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri and 2018-2019 Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John W. Kluge Center. During my fellowship at the Kluge Center I am researching a book with my University of Missouri colleague James Endersby. Tentatively …

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Introducing African-American Passages: Black Lives in the 19th Century

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

During his time as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar here at the John W. Kluge Center, Georgetown University history professor Adam Rothman recorded an extraordinary series of podcasts. In the podcasts, Rothman examines documents from the Library of Congress’ manuscript collection relating to the lives of African-Americans in the 19th century. He found a number of …

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Former Astrobiology Chair Steven J. Dick Receives 2019 PROSE Award

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

The Kluge Center is proud to congratulate Steven J. Dick, 2013 Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology on winning a 2019 PROSE award for Cosmology and Astronomy from the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Read their announcement and see the other winners here. Dick won the award for his 2018 book “Astrobiology, …

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Adam Rothman on Working With the Library’s Unique Omar Ibn Said Collection

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

While Adam Rothman, Georgetown University history professor and former Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Kluge Center, was at the Library, he had the opportunity to work on transcribing the Library of Congress’ Omar Ibn Said Collection, which was just released online. Ibn Said was an educated, wealthy man living in West Africa until he was …

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Tahir Hemphill Looks Back on his Year at the Kluge Center

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

As Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education Tahir Hemphill’s year at the John W. Kluge Center ends, he took the time to share his reflections on his experience with us at The Library of Congress. Hemphill’s capstone event, playtest, was a daylong social sculpture exploring the application of virtual and augmented reality to the humanities, education …