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The True Costs of 100 Years of War

Posted by: Jason Steinhauer

Kissinger Chair Bradford Lee arrived at the Kluge Center this fall with an ambitious research question: were the results of one hundred years of American military interventions in foreign conflicts worth the costs of achieving them? He sat down with Jason Steinhauer to discuss his research, in particular his analysis of World War I, a …

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Modernism, African Literature and the CIA

Posted by: Travis Hensley

In 2012 and 2013, Dr. Peter Kalliney was a Visiting Fellow at The John W. Kluge Center. Currently the William J. Tuggle Chair in English at the University of Kentucky, during his tenure at the Kluge Center, Kalliney used the Library of Congress collections to research a project entitled, “Commonwealth of Letters: British Literary Culture …

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Muriel Rukeyser and the Spanish Civil War

Posted by: Jason Steinhauer

Poet and biographer Muriel Rukeyser documented and commented on the seismic events of the 20th century. In her five decades of writing, she captured her experiences as witness to racial inequality in America, the Civil War in Spain, and protests against the Vietnam War. Sarah Chadfield, Ph.D. candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, conducted research in …

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A Historical Perspective on the Cuba-U.S. Relationship

Posted by: Jason Steinhauer

Historian Renata Keller recently spent nine months at the Kluge Center researching Cuba’s relationship with Mexico and the United States during the Cold War. She spoke with Program Specialist Jason Steinhauer about the announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will begin to normalize relations between the two countries. Hi Renata, thanks for speaking to us. …

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Václav Havel: Legacies

Posted by: Dan Turello

On November 19, The John W. Kluge Center, The Embassy of the Czech Republic, and Florida International University remembered Václav Havel’s influence and legacy in a private conference at the Library of Congress. The event was immediately followed by the dedication of a bust of President Havel in the U.S. Capitol. Havel twice was a …

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Václav Havel: Recollections

Posted by: Mary Lou Reker

Since I am the only Kluge Center blogger, who was at the Center when President Havel was here, my colleagues have asked me to write a little about my recollections of his time at the Center in 2005 and 2007. I can not possibly do him justice, but here goes… I was very conscious of …

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Václav Havel: Speeches

Posted by: Jason Steinhauer

On November 19, The John W. Kluge Center, The Embassy of the Czech Republic, and Florida International University will remember Václav Havel’s influence and legacy in a private conference at the Library of Congress. The event will be immediately followed by the dedication of a bust of President Havel in the U.S. Capitol. Havel twice …

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Václav Havel: Letters to Olga

Posted by: Dan Turello

On November 19, The John W. Kluge Center, The Embassy of the Czech Republic, and Florida International University will remember Václav Havel’s influence and legacy in a private conference at the Library of Congress. The event will be immediately followed by the dedication of a bust of President Havel in the U.S. Capitol. Havel twice …