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#ScholarFest
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of The John W. Kluge Center, the Center hosts the first-ever #ScholarFest, a unique mixture of rapid-fire dialogues, panels and scholarly conversations on Capitol Hill. Read news release

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William Julius Wilson ~ Wm Roger Louis ~ Ambassador Teresita Schaffer ~  Maurice Jackson
David Grinspoon ~ Derrick de Kerckhove ~ Wesley Granberg-Michaelson ~ Pauline Yu
Marie Arana ~ Derrick de Kerckhove ~ Steven Dick ~ Lamin Sanneh
Philip Gold ~ Jennifer Hochschild ~ Adeeb Khalid ~ Cecilia Tichi
Laxin Xiang ~ Klaus Larres ~ Patricia Sullivan ~ Toyin Falola
James Goldgeier ~ William Hitchcock ~ George Chrousos ~ Jenna Weissman Joselit
Melvyn Leffler ~ Kay Kaufman Shelemay ~ Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney ~ John Witte, Jr.
Benjamin Fordham ~ James Childress
 ~ Robin Lovin ~ Kathleen Lynch
George Saliba ~ Abdolkarim Soroush ~ Mark D. Anderson ~ Charlotte Rogers
Joshua Nall  ~  Neil Maher  ~  Amanda Lahikainen  ~  Renata Keller
Manuella Meyer  ~ Alexander Hidalgo ~ Wendy Fok  ~ Jeff Moser
Douglas Slaymaker  ~  Mario del Pero  ~  Johanna Bockman  ~  Paul Crego
Nara Milanich  ~  Sonia Lee  ~  Chet Van Duzer ~ Annette Seidel-Arpaci
Robert Mason ~ Marianne Kamp ~ Fayth Parks ~ Daniel Schwartz
Kate Masur ~ Devika Singh ~ J.C. Blokhuis ~ Mikhail Alexseev
Georgia Michael ~ Alden Almquist ~ Deirdre Ni Chonghaile ~ Balazs Szelenyi

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When:

Evening Gala - invitation only
Wednesday, June 10th
6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Full-Day Symposium - open to the public
Thursday, June 11th
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.     

Reception sponsored by the Research Councils of the UK - invitation only Thursday, June 11th
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Where:

The Thomas Jefferson Building
Library of Congress (maps/directions)

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(202) 707-5218

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Jason Steinhauer
Programs & Communications Manager, The John W. Kluge Center
(202) 707-0213
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Public Affairs Specialist, Office of Communications, Library of Congress
(202) 707-1639
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About #ScholarFest

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of The John W. Kluge Center, the Kluge Center hosts the first-ever #ScholarFest, a unique mixture of rapid-fire dialogues, panels and scholarly conversations on a series of thought-provoking topics.

More than 70 top scholars in the humanities and social sciences–all former residents at the Kluge Center–will convene on Capitol Hill for a series of scholarly conversations on matters of importance to academia, the policy community, and the general public. In addition, two previous recipients of the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity will be in dialogue together for the first time as part of an evening gala event.

At the heart of #ScholarFest are “lightning conversations”, a format that features senior scholars in discussion with younger scholars around large, universal ideas in quick-hitting 10-minute intervals. Themes include:

  • Future definitions of life
  • The ways we write history
  • Personal and cultural identities in a post-modern world
  • Concepts of ethics and morality
  • Notions of world order
The format embodies the core ethos of the Center, namely to foster cross-disciplinary scholarship across multiple generations.

About The John W. Kluge Center

The John W. Kluge Center was founded in 2000 in order to foster the mutually enriching relationship between scholars and political leaders. The Kluge Center attracts to Washington the best available minds in the scholarly world, facilitates their access to the Library's remarkable collection of the world's knowledge, and engages them in conversation with the U.S. Congress and other public figures. The Center welcomes senior scholars as Kluge Chairholders, the occupants of which are scholars of great scholarly accomplishment and promising post-graduate scholars in the early years of their careers. Read more about the founding and history of the Center here.

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Evening Gala

Wednesday June 10, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. - by invitation only

The Great Hall, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress

Featuring

Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Sociologist, 34th President of Brazil, 2013 Recipient Romila Thapar, Indian Historian, 2008 Recipient James H. Billington, U.S. Librarian of Congress

6:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

6:45 p.m.

Welcome - Dr. Billington, Librarian of Congress

7:00 p.m.

Evening plenary:

  • Fernando Henrique Cardoso, 2012 Kluge Prize recipient
  • Romila Thapar, 2008 Kluge Prize recipient
  • James H. Billington, U.S. Librarian of Congress

Moderated by Dr. Jane McAuliffe, Director of The John W. Kluge Center

8:00 p.m.

Dinner

9:30 p.m.

Conclude

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Full-Day Symposium

Thursday June 11, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - free and open to the public

Various Locations, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (Simultaneous Sessions)

SESSION 1 – Lightning Conversations – Room LJ-119

THEME: “LIFE: FUTURE – DEFINITIONS OF LIFE IN THE 21ST CENTURY & BEYOND”

Seven 10-minute “lightning conversations” followed by 20 minutes of moderated Q+A

1

David Grinspoon
Astrobiology Chair, 2012

in conversation with

Joshua Nall
AHRC Fellow, 2010

2

Steven Dick
Astrobiology Chair, 2013

in conversation with

Neil Maher
Kluge Fellow, 2008

3

George Chrousos
Chair in Technology and Society, 2011

in conversation with

Charlotte Rogers
Kluge Fellow, 2013

4

Jennifer Hochschild
Chair in American Law and Governance, 2010

in conversation with

Nara Milanich
ACLS Burkhardt Fellow, 2014

5

Derrick de Kerckhove
Papamarkou Chair in Education, 2003

in conversation with

Wendy Fok
Digital Studies Fellow, 2013

6

Robin Lovin
Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History, 2011

in conversation with

Mark Anderson
Kluge Fellow, 2007

7

Philip Gold
Scholars Council

in conversation with

Fayth Parks
Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality, 2009

SESSION 2 – Lightning Conversations – The Members Room

THEME: “LIFE: PAST – HOW WE WRITE ABOUT THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US”

Seven 10-minute “lightning conversations” followed by 20 minutes of moderated Q+A

1

Jenna Weissman Joselit
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 2007

in conversation with

Georgia Michael
AHRC Fellow, 2012

2

Marie Arana
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 2009

in conversation with

Alexander Hidalgo
Kislak Fellow for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas, 2009

3

William Hitchcock
Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations, 2012

in conversation with

Renata Keller
Kluge Fellow, 2013

4

Mark Noll
Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History, 2004

in conversation with

Kate Masur
Kluge Fellow, 2004

5

Wm. Roger Louis
Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North, 2010

in conversation with

Devika Singh
AHRC Fellow, 2009

6

Patricia Sullivan
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 2005

in conversation with

Maurice Jackson
Kluge Fellow, 2005

7

Pauline Yu
Scholars Council

in conversation with

Jeff Moser
Kluge Fellow, 2014

SESSION 3 – Lightning Conversations – The Whittall Pavilion

THEME: “LIFE: PRESENT – PERSONAL & CULTURAL IDENTITY IN A MULTI-CULTURAL WORLD”

Seven 10-minute “lightning conversations” followed by 20 minutes of moderated Q+A 

1

Toyin Falola,
Scholars Council

in conversation with

Alden Almquist
Kluge Staff Fellow, 2002

2

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 2012

in conversation with

Paul Crego
Kluge Staff Fellow, 2007

3

Cecelia Tichi
Chair in Modern Culture, 2006

in conversation with

Annette Seidel Arpaci
AHRC Fellow, 2006

4

Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney
Kluge Chair in Modern Culture, 2009

in conversation with

Douglas Slaymaker
Kluge Fellow, 2004

5

Lamin Sanneh
Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South, 2004

in conversation with

Manuella Meyer
Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality, 2012

6

Kay Kaufman Shelemay
Chair in Modern Culture, 2007

in conversation with

Deirdre Ní Chonghaile
Lomax Fellow in Folklife Studies, 2012

7

Kathleen Lynch
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 2003

in conversation with

Amanda Lahikainen
Swann Fellow for Caricature and Cartoon, 2010

11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. (Simultaneous Sessions)

SESSION 4 – Lightning Conversations – The Members Room

“WAR / PEACE: PERSPECTIVES ON THE CONCEPT OF WORLD ORDER FROM FORMER KISSINGER CHAIRS AT THE KLUGE CENTER”

Five 10-minute “lightning conversations” followed by 30 minutes of moderated Q+A 

1

James Goldgeier
Kissinger Chair, 2005

in conversation with

Mario del Pero
Kluge Fellow, 2007

2

Benjamin Fordham
Kissinger Chair, 2010

in conversation with

Johanna Bockman
Kluge Fellow, 2008

3

Klaus Larres
Kissinger Chair, 2002

in conversation with

Balázs Szelényi
International Studies Fellow, 2003

4

Alexander Evans
Kissinger Chair, 2011

in conversation with

Mikhail Alexseev
Kluge Fellow, 2003

5

Melvyn Leffler
Kissinger Chair, 2005

in conversation with

Robert Mason
Kluge Fellow, 2004

SESSION 5 – Lightning Conversations – The Whittall Pavilion

“RIGHT / WRONG: PERSPECTIVES ON NOTIONS OF MORALITY”

Five 10-minute “lightning conversations” followed by 30 minutes of moderated Q+A 

1

John Witte, Jr.
Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History, 2012

in conversation with

Marianne Kamp
Kluge Fellow, 2006

2

Adeeb Khalid
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 2010

in conversation with

Temur Temule
Kluge Fellow, 2004

3

George Saliba
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 2005

in conversation with

Chet Van Duzer
Kislak Fellow for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas, 2011

4

James Childress
Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History, 2009

in conversation with

Sonia Lee
Kluge Fellow, 2013

5

Bruce Jentleson
Kissinger Chair, 2015

in conversation with

Daniel Schwartz
Kluge Fellow, 2012

12:30 p.m.

Lunch – Northeast Pavilion

1:30 p.m.

Video booth (Mahogany Row)
Open House (Kluge Center)

2:30 p.m.

Reflections – Room LJ-119
“Looking Back, Looking Forward”

Remarks by Prosser Gifford and Carolyn Brown, past directors of the Kluge Center

2:45 p.m.

Session 6 – Closing Panel – Room LJ-119
“Freedom of Expression and Why It Matters”

  • William Julius Wilson, Chair in American Law and Governance, 2015
  • Wm. Roger Louis, Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North, 2010
  • Lamin Sanneh, Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South, 2004
  • Abdolkarim Soroush, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 2009
  • Ambassador Teresita Schaffer, Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations, 2008
  • Lanxin Xiang, Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations, 2003

Moderated by Dr. Jane McAuliffe

4:30 p.m.

Conclude

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