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Peter Brown: A Recollection

The following is a guest post by Dr. Jane McAuliffe, Director of The John W. Kluge Center. More years ago than I like to admit, I began graduate work at the University of Toronto in the newly formed Centre for Religious Studies. The director of that fledgling operation was an American scholar of Zoroastrianism, Willard […]

Researching the Cold War at the Library of Congress

How does a scholar research a topic as formidable as the Cold War using the Library of Congress collections? Historian Kevin Kim recently answered this question in a blog post for the American Historical Association (AHA). Dr. Kim was the Kluge Center’s most recent J. Franklin Jameson Fellow in American History, a Fellowship offered annually […]

Who Writes History? Romila Thapar and the Textbooks of India

When historian Romila Thapar first reviewed student textbooks in her native India, she was surprised. “I was appalled by the quality of the information that was being conveyed in these books,” she wrote in a 2009 journal article recalling the experience. Particularly, she was struck by “an adherence to outdated ideas and generally colonial views […]

The Indians’ Capital City: Native Histories of Washington, D.C.

As a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, historian Joseph Genetin-Pilawa is researching his forthcoming book “The Indians’ Capital City: ‘Secret’ Native Histories of Washington, D.C.” He sat down with Jason Steinhauer to discuss the facts, myths, and contradictions of Native presence in the nation’s capital. The Chesapeake has a rich indigenous history that […]

The History of Mexican Immigration to the U.S. in the Early 20th Century

As a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, historian Julia Young is currently researching a new book on Mexican immigration to the U.S. during the 1920s. She sat down with Jason Steinhauer to discuss the history of this migration and the similarities and differences to immigration today. Hi, Julia. By way of background, could […]

War, Trauma, Memory and Art

Recently Tara Tappert, this year’s David B. Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality, gave her final presentation at the Kluge Center. Her lecture was titled “Art from War: Documenting Devastation/Realizing Restoration.” The presentation was, as are all presentations by post-doctoral and senior scholars, open to the public and there was a substantial audience there to […]

Ebola, Colonialism, and the History of International Aid Organizations in Africa

Historian Jessica Pearson-Patel was one of fifteen emerging scholars to participate in the Eighth International Seminar on Decolonization hosted by the Kluge Center and organized by the National History Center. A scholar of global health and colonial Africa, she has observed the current Ebola outbreak with an eye toward the history of health organizations on […]