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Can Big Data Save Us from Ourselves? A Conversation About Information, Democracy, and Dystopia

On a rainy day in late spring, a pan-Asian noodle restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue offered the perfect nook for a spirited conversation about big data, algorithms, and the construction of our legal and social realities. Among those at the table with me were Martin Hilbert, who was a Kluge Distinguished Visiting Scholar and is Associate […]

Africa, Past and Future: A Conversation with Toyin Falola

Members of the Scholars Council are appointed by the Librarian of Congress to advise on matters related to scholarship at the Library, with special attention to the Kluge Center and the Kluge Prize. The Council includes distinguished scholars, writers, researchers and scientists. “Insights” is featuring some of the work of this highly-accomplished group of thinkers. […]

Profiles in Leadership: Statesmen Who Made Breakthroughs for Peace and Security

As the 2015-2016 Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress, political scientist Bruce Jentleson is writing and researching a new book on transformational leaders of the 20th century who made major breakthroughs for peace and security — and what lessons may exist for the 21st century. He […]

Emer Vattel and His Influence on Early America

Emer Vattel’s “Law of Nations” (1758) remained overdue on President George Washington’s library account until it was returned in 2010 with a waived fee of $300,000. As a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, historian Theo Christov has researched the influence of Vattel’s work on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the early […]

Written at the Kluge Center: A Case Study of the Congressional Black Caucus

Profiling books, articles and other publications written by scholars-in-residence at The John W. Kluge Center and researched using the Library of Congress collections. Today, in recognition of African American History Month, a look at a case study of the Congressional Black Caucus written by former Congressman Major R. Owens. Upon his retirement from Congress, U.S. […]

The Politics of Catastrophe: A History of American War Politics

Legal historian Mary Dudziak is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University and 2015 Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the Kluge Center. A scholar whose work touches upon war history, civil rights history, constitutional law and foreign policy, her research at the Kluge Center has centered on how the American […]

My Kluge Odyssey

The following is a guest post by Joe Ryan-Hume, 2014 Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellow at The John W. Kluge Center. In 2014 I had the pleasure of completing an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded fellowship at The John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. A year has passed since then, but […]