Chair of Modern Culture
A senior scholar position to focus on modern arts and media and their impact on societal development, using the Library's immense music, film, architecture, literature, multi-media and folklore collections. The Chair is appointed by the Librarian of Congress.
Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney - 2009
The William F. Vilas Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, at the Kluge Center Ohnuki-Tierney explored general theories about the role of symbolism and folk aesthetic in Japan’s history and culture and the importance of symbolism in political and military affairs. Read announcement
Kay Kaufman Shelemay - 2007
The G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music at Harvard University, at the Kluge Center Shelemay researched a book on Ethiopian music and musicians in the United States. Read announcement
Shigemi Inaga - 2006
A professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Japan, at the Kluge Center, Inaga completed the third volume of his trilogy on the history of modern art in a cross-cultural context, titled “The Limit of Painting: Eastern Tradition in Confrontation with the Western Experience.” Read announcement
Cecelia Tichi - 2006
The William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, at the Kluge Centerichi will study the shift that occurred in U.S. culture from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era. Read announcement
Václav Havel - 2005
Playwright, poet, political dissident and former president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, Havel occupied the Kluge Chair in Modern Culture from March – June 2005 and December 2006 – March 2007. During his first residency, Havel conducted research on human rights and worked on his final play, “Leaving.” During his second residency he worked on his memoir “To the Castle and Back,” which follows Havel’s transition from playwright to politician and the challenges of governing a young democracy. Read more
In 2014 the Library of Congress collaborated with The Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Václav Havel Center at Florida International University to commemorate Václav Havel’s legacy. Watch video from the event on YouTube here and here.
Vyacheslav Vsevolodovich Ivanov - 2004
A renowned philologist, translator and professor at UCLA, Ivanov was the first holder of the Chair of Modern Culture at The John W. Kluge Center. His research explored the symbols of the Old Slavic, Proto and Ancient Indian, Ancient Near Oriental and Pre-Columbian MesoAmerican cultures. Read announcement
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