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Is Civic Media an Antidote to a Polarized World?

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

The concept of ‘civic media’ was discussed in academic circles before the rancorous political and media fights of the last few years. But only in the last few years, as polarization, disinformation, and the impact of social media have become central concerns in public life, has it become more broadly considered as a possible solution. …

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Is Civic Media the Solution to Trolls, Misinformation, and Abuse Online?

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

On March 11, the John W. Kluge Center held its first public event in the Our Common Purpose Series with Kluge Prize winner Danielle Allen. Using Civic Media to Build a Better Society brought experts on the use and misuse of media together to discuss the role of information in democratic society, the difficulties of …

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Lovelace Fellow Velia Ivanova Answers Four Questions About Her Scholarship and Experience at the Kluge Center

Posted by: Michael Stratmoen

Velia Ivanova is the current Jon B. Lovelace Fellow for the Study of the Alan Lomax Collection, found here at the Library of Congress. Velia is a Ph.D. candidate in Historical Musicology at Columbia University in New York. I interviewed Ivanova on her research project, her academic program at Columbia, and notable finds that she …

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The Kluge Center: A Place for Conversations on the Future of Democracy

Posted by: John Haskell

No one needs reminding that democracy in the US, Europe, and elsewhere is under stress. Led by Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden, the Kluge Center has hosted some of the greatest thinkers from the academy and leading practitioners in the political and policymaking world for conversations on the future of democracy. In fact, the …

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What’s Responsible for the Upheaval in American Politics?

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

On October 29, the Kluge Center released a conversation with Theda Skocpol and Caroline Tervo in which they talked about their new book, “Upending American Politics.” These two scholars provide considerable insight into developments in American party politics in recent years – and even shed some light on this year’s election results. Skocpol, the Victor …

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Why We Write: Public Scholarship in Times of Crisis

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

This is a guest post by Janna Deitz, Kluge Center Program Specialist in Outreach and Partnerships. Scholars in residence at the John W. Kluge Center represent the very best in academic researchers and are further distinguished by their commitment to engage with the public and policymaking community. These scholars bring the Center’s motto of “connecting thought …

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How Distance Learning Could Put Chinese Students at US Universities at Risk

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

This is a guest post by Aynne Kokas and Michael Xiao. Kokas is a Kluge Fellow, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, as well as Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. Kokas is the author of the book “Hollywood Made in China,” which examines the cultural, political and economic implications …

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Kluge Chair Ken Pomeranz Wins 2021 Toynbee Prize

Posted by: Andrew Breiner

The John W. Kluge Center extends its congratulations to Kenneth Pomeranz for winning the 2021 Toynbee Prize. The Toynbee Prize is awarded biennially by the Toynbee Prize Foundation “for work that makes a significant contribution to the study of global history.” Pomeranz joins a distinguished recent Toynbee Prize recipients that include Lauren Benton, Dipesh Chakrabarty, …