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African American Passages Episode 3: Robert Pinn’s Left Hand

In the third episode of our African American Passages podcast, John W. Kluge Center Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Georgetown University history professor Adam Rothman tells the story of Robert Pinn, Medal of Honor winner and sergeant in the 5th United States Colored Troops. Like many soldiers in the Civil War, Pinn lost the use of his right arm during battle. In 1866 he submitted an autobiographical essay to a left-handed penmanship contest organized by a newspaper editor to promote the cause of disabled veterans.

Rothman discusses Pinn’s life story and the double discrimination he faced as a disabled African American with Library of Congress Manuscript Division historian Michelle Krowl, and Civil War historian Chandra Manning.

Rothman will be discussing 19th century black lives at the Library of Congress today at 4pm with award-winning journalist and novelist Jesse J. Holland. Holland is the author of “Black Men Built The Capitol: Discovering African American History in and Around Washington, D.C.” as well as the first novel featuring comics’ most popular black superhero: “Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther?” Get your free tickets and more information here.

How to Think About Data: A Conversation with Christine Borgman

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 scholars, writers, researchers, and scientists. “Insights” is featuring some of the work of this group of thinkers. Dan Turello […]

February 2019 Arrivals at Kluge

February 2019 is here, and the State of the Kluge Center is strong. This month, in addition to 16 interns, the Kluge Center welcomed several new scholars into residence. Here are the projects they will be working on: Robin Bates, an incoming Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellow, arrived from the University of Cambridge. […]

January 2019 Arrivals at Kluge

January 2019 is here, and as D.C. celebrated the start of a new year, the Kluge Center welcomed a large number of scholars into residence. Here are the projects that they will be working on: Julia Azari, one of two incoming Distinguished Visiting Scholars, arrived from Marquette University. During her residency, Julia will focus on […]

Mme. Christine Lagarde to Deliver Kissinger Lecture on Foreign Policy and International Relations, Discussing the Role of US Leadership in a Changing World

On Tuesday, December 4, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Mme. Christine Lagarde will deliver the eighth Henry Alfred Kissinger Lecture on Foreign Policy and International Relations in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress. Madame Lagarde will speak about the changing landscape of the international system and the need for continued creativity in US […]

November 2018 Arrivals at Kluge

November 2018 is here, and with Thanksgiving approaching, the Kluge Center welcomed four new fellows into residence. Here are the projects they will be working on: Gianandrea Nodari, our incoming Kluge Fellow, arrived from El Colegio de Mexico. During his residency, Gianandrea will focus on his project, “The Monetary History of the Mexican Revolution, 1913-1918.” […]

October 2018 Arrivals at Kluge

October 2018 is here, and with the change in leaves approaching, the Kluge Center welcomed five new fellows into residence. Here are the projects that they will be working on: Emma Day, an incoming Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellow, arrived from the University of Oxford. During her residency, Emma will conduct research on […]

From the Director’s Desk

The Kluge Center held a flurry of events in the last week of September, including a discussion with Jonathan Haidt of his book, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” the Symposium “Becoming Interplanetary,” hosted by the NASA/Library of Congress Blumberg Chair in Astrobiology, Lucianne Walkowicz, and a dynamic discussion of the politics and culture of […]

John W. Kluge Prize: Drew Gilpin Faust to Make Case for Study of Humanity

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, Drew Gilpin Faust – historian, former Harvard University president and author of the Bancroft Prize-winning book “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War” – will accept the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity. The $1 million Kluge Prize, bestowed through the generosity of […]

September 2018 Arrivals at Kluge

September 2018 is here, and with summer winding down in D.C., the Kluge Center welcomed six new fellows into residence, including three from our Kluge Fellowship Program. Here are the projects that they will be working on: Joel Blecher, an incoming Kluge Fellow, arrived from George Washington University. During his residency, Joel will conduct research […]