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Tom Cryer on How We Understand John Hope Franklin’s Legacy

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

Tom Cryer is a second-year PhD student at University College’s Institute of the Americas, where his research investigates race, memory, and nationhood through the life, scholarship, and advocacy of the historian John Hope Franklin (1915-2009). He is an Events Editor at U.S. Studies Online, a Graduate Representative for the Southern Historical Association, and a host …

The Materiality of Thought (or How to Read Minds for Fun and Profit)

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

This is a guest post by Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellow Stuart Nolan, of Lancaster University in the UK. His research at the Kluge Center looks at the influence of New Thought on theatrical mentalism. Reading through the scrapbook of newspaper reports of the public appearances of the thought-reader John Randall Brown, in the …

A Movie Mystery at the Kluge Center

Posted by: Sophia Zahner

It started with a sneeze, or so we thought. Since the 1950s, film historians counted “The Sneeze” from 1894 as the earliest surviving film copyrighted in the United States. At this time, the film began being shown as a motion picture after being copied back to film from a photograph. Claudy Op den Kamp, a …

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Announcing the 2023 Kluge Fellowship Selectees

Posted by: Michael Stratmoen

The John W. Kluge Center is pleased to announce the newest cohort of Kluge Fellows at the Library of Congress. Each year, we consider dozens of applications from scholars in the social sciences and humanities for the Kluge Fellowship and select twelve that are best-suited to the Library’s collections and the Kluge Center’s mission. Fellows …

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Timothy Frye Appointed Library of Congress Chair in US-Russia Relations

Posted by: Sophia Zahner

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the appointment of Timothy Frye as the Library of Congress Chair in US-Russia Relations. Frye began his time at the Kluge Center in January. Frye is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy in the Department of Political Science …

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Joining In at the Kluge Center

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

This is a post by Kevin Butterfield, Director of the John W. Kluge Center.  One of the more remarkable coincidences of my professional life happened on September 12, 2022, when I arrived for my first day of work at the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress as the new Director of the John W. …

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Deepak Nayyar Joins Kluge Center as Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South

Posted by: Sophia Zahner

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the appointment of Deepak Nayyar as Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South. Nayyar began his time at the Kluge Center this September. Deepak Nayyar is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and an Honorary …

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Kluge Center Welcomes New Director Kevin Butterfield

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

Kevin Butterfield, noted historian of American history and most recently executive director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, has joined the Library of Congress as Director of the John W. Kluge Center. Butterfield succeeds Brent Yacobucci, who has returned to managing the energy and materials …

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Stephanie Wood Joins Kluge Center as Jay I. Kislak Chair for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas

Posted by: Sophia Zahner

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephanie Wood as Jay I. Kislak Chair for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas. Wood will begin her time at the Kluge Center this October. Wood is the Director and Research Associate at …