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Past Chairs

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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About the Program

Purpose

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.

Appointment

By the Librarian of Congress.

Research Focus

The appointed scholar conducts research that focuses 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.

Contributions

The goal is for research that will illuminate knowledge of modern arts and media that will contribute toward the public good.

It is hoped that the Chairholder will pursue a new and refreshing voice in the intellectual milieu of Washington, D.C., and will bring both philosophical depth and historical perspective to the research.

An event towards the end of the chairholder's tenure is one of the major intellectual occasions at the Library of Congress.

About Kluge Chairs

Five Kluge Chairs are articulated in the founding documents of The John W. Kluge Center.

The chairs are broadly defined to correspond to groupings among the Library's vast collections: American Law and Governance, Countries and Cultures of the North, Countries and Cultures of the South, Technology and Society, and Modern Culture.

The occupants of the chairs are senior scholars of great accomplishment chosen solely for their intellectual and communicative abilities and free to pursue their own research in the Library's collections.

Taken together, these broadly defined Chairs bring a critical mass of the world's leading thinkers to Washington from all over America and the world. Their presence provides an opportunity for a new type of dialog with political leaders, in an authentically scholarly atmosphere.

Find more information on Kluge Chairs in the Kluge Center charter.

 

Selection of the Kluge Chair in Modern Culture

The Kluge Chair in Modern Culture is appointed by the Librarian of Congress.

No applications or nominations are accepted for this senior scholar position.

To view other scholar opportunities, please return to the Chairs & Fellowships page.

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