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Photos from #ScholarFest

Posted by: Jason Steinhauer

Seventy scholars–all past, current or future residents of the Kluge Center–converged on Capitol Hill on June 11th for a day-long festival of scholarship to celebrate 15 years of The John W. Kluge Center. #ScholarFest featured more than 30 “lightning conversations” throughout the morning, followed by an afternoon panel on freedom of expression and why it …

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#ScholarFest a Success; The Lightning Conversation is Born

Posted by: Jason Steinhauer

By 12:30pm of last Thursday’s #ScholarFest, 62 scholars had participated in 31 conversations on topics that included cognition and database design, the term “ghetto” and its role in the formation of Jewish and African-American identities, the universal declaration of human rights, the contemporary relevance of the Cold War, marriage law, life beyond earth and ISIS. …

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Perspectives on War and Peace at #ScholarFest

Posted by: Travis Hensley

Over the past fifteen years the Kluge Center has been fortunate to host several distinguished foreign policy scholars and practitioners through our Kissinger Program. Fifteen scholars have held the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations, conducting research in the Library’s collections and engaging in dialogue with policymakers and the public. Several …

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Learning What’s on the Minds of Some of Today’s Top Scholars

Posted by: Jason Steinhauer

Scholars today think and write about a myriad of pressing issues confronting humanity. For me, one of the most exciting aspects of this week’s #ScholarFest is to gain insight into what’s on the minds of some of the world’s top scholars, and the questions they’re examining through their research. Thursday’s “lightning conversations” –10-minute dialogues between …

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New Scholars at the Kluge Center – May 2015

Posted by: Travis Hensley

May has been one of the busiest months I can remember at the Center. Preparations for the Kluge Center’s 15th anniversary celebration, #ScholarFest, are nearing completion. Summer lectures are being planned, meetings are being arranged, and the Center is “sprucing-up” its environs as we prepare to welcome hundreds of summer visitors. During all of this …

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Let’s Do Lunch

Posted by: Mary Lou Reker

It’s Wednesday, and in the Kluge Center that means lunch. In a tradition that dates back to the earliest days of the Center, scholars and staff gather each Wednesday for a brown-bag lunch that fosters collegiality and a lively exchange of ideas. Romila Thapar was the first person to suggest we meet regularly over lunch, …

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Introducing #ScholarFest, June 11 at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Jason Steinhauer

This post originally appeared on AHA Today, a blog of the American Historical Association. What happens when you take 70 scholars from multiple disciplines, put them in a room together, and ask them to exchange knowledge, wisdom, and ideas? We don’t know. But we’ll find out on June 11, 2015, at the first-ever ScholarFest. Technically …