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Watch Now: The President Richard Nixon Impeachment Inquiry, 50 Years Later

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

On May 4, 2024, the John W. Kluge Center hosted the lawyers, researchers, and other staff who, in 1974, considered the question of whether sufficient evidence existed to impeach President Richard Nixon. They gathered to mark the 50th anniversary of that momentous event. Many were at the beginning of their careers. They took on the …

Scholars at the Library Reflect on the Historical and Personal Significance of the Huexotzinco Codex (1531)

Posted by: Dan Turello

On October 3 and 4, 2022, in a conference room on the 6th floor of the Library of Congress’ Madison Building, a group of scholars from Mexico and the United States poured over the facsimile pictures of the Huexotzinco Codex, which dates back to 1531 and is held in the Library’s Manuscript Division. The scholars …

David Harrington Appointed Kluge Chair in Modern Culture

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

The John W. Kluge Center is pleased to announce the appointment of David Harrington as Kluge Chair in Modern Culture. Harrington is the founder and first violinist of the Kronos Quartet, which since 1973 has produced dozens of albums in a diverse range of styles and commissioned more than 1,000 pieces by composers from all …

Reading Vogue, Then and Now

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

This is a guest post by Samira Spatzek, a Kluge Fellow and a postdoctoral researcher and academic coordinator at the Cluster of Excellence “Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective” at Free University of Berlin, Germany. When Princeton socialite and businessman Arthur B. Turnure ventured to publish a New York social gazette at the …

Highlights from the Kluge Center’s 2023 Events

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

In 2023, the John W. Kluge Center continued its work bringing scholars, writers, and lawmakers to the Library of Congress for public programming that informs, entertains, and shines a spotlight on the collections of the Library. With 2023 behind us, we’ve collected some of our favorite events we’ve hosted in the last year, all available …

Rediscovering Murasaki Ayami: Vogue’s First Asian Author

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

Bela Kellogg is a 2023 Kluge summer intern, where she worked with editor Andrew Breiner and scholar in residence Samira Spatzek. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in English and history of art from the University of Michigan. In addition to being a member of the La Jolla Historical Society’s Historic Preservation Committee, Bela is …

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Why Send a Poem Into Space?

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

This is a guest post by Sheri Wells-Jensen, Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration, and Scientific Innovation at the Kluge Center. Wells-Jensen is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. A linguist with research interests in phonetics, braille, language creation, and disability …

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The Kluge Center: The History of its Space

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

This is a guest post by Bela Kellogg. Kellogg is a 2023 Kluge Center summer intern, where she worked with Writer-Editor Andrew Breiner and Kluge Fellow Samira Spatzek. She is currently pursuing a BA in English and history of art from the University of Michigan. In addition to being a member of the La Jolla …

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On Young Black Scholars Navigating Historically White Places 

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

This is a guest post by Shealyn Fraser. Fraser is a 2023 Kluge summer intern, where she worked with Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History Tamika Y. Nunley on her projects examining Black women’s knowledge of the law and reproductive rights. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies …