Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Peculiar Pop: Genre Comic Books at the Library of Congress Jesse J. Holland and Megan Halsband discuss the Library of Congress comics collection, as well as the place of comics in American culture. Halsband completed a 2021 staff fellowship looking at the non-superhero genre collections at the Library of Congress, including western, romance, education and funny animal comics. In addition to his work in Black history and journalism, Holland is the author of "Black...
    • Contributor: Holland, Jesse J. - Halsband, Megan - Haskell, John
    • Date: 2021-07-29
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    Social Movements and American Democracy in the 21st Century Grassroots organizing and collective action have always been fundamental to American democracy. Some recent struggles by Americans to make their voices heard have not resulted in the kinds of changes that participants hoped for. But some movements, both recently and further back in American history, have succeeded in changing our society and the way that we understand it. In this event, scholars of American...
    • Contributor: Fisher, Dana - Haskell, John - Han, Hahrie - Wright Rigueur, Leah - Skocpol, Theda
    • Date: 2021-07-22
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    Katie Booth on Alexander Graham Bell and the Invention of Miracles Join us for an interview with former Kluge Fellow, Katie Booth, on her new book based on her research at the Library of Congress while a fellow at the John W. Kluge Center. "The Invention of Miracles: Language, Power and Alexander Graham Bell's Quest to End Deafness" is a revisionist biography of an American icon, revealing the extraordinary true genesis of the telephone and...
    • Contributor: Booth, Katie - Haskell, John
    • Date: 2021-07-15
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    Armenian Question, Humanitarian Intervention, and Anglo-American Visions of Global Order Join the Kluge Center for a book conversation with Charlie Laderman, a recent Kluge scholar, on his new book: "Sharing the Burden: The Armenian Question, Humanitarian Intervention, and Anglo-American Visions of Global Order." In the book, Laderman looks at the Armenian struggle for survival in the early 20th century, and the way that it forced the U.S. to consider its role as an international...
    • Contributor: Laderman, Charlie - Haskell, John
    • Date: 2021-06-24
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    The Middle East in 2021 Join us for a panel discussion of current events in the Middle East led by moderator and Kluge Center Scholars Council Member Lisa Anderson and featuring Tamara Wittes, Rabab El Mahdi, and Mehran Kamrava. Participants will consider the complex interconnection between U.S. foreign policy and ongoing diplomacy and conflict in the region.
    • Contributor: Coffman Wittes, Tamara - El Mahdi, Rabab - Haskell, John - Kamrava, Mehran - Anderson, Lisa
    • Date: 2021-06-17
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    Simon Martin on Ancient Maya Politics Anthropologist Simon Martin discusses ancient Maya politics in the context of his book, "Ancient Maya Politics: A Political Anthropology of the Classic Period 150-900 CE." Martin has taken the lead in understanding the politics of the Classic Maya period based on deciphering their hieroglyphic script. Much of this work focuses on the complex hierarchies between individual kings and the ideology that enabled and sustained...
    • Contributor: Martin, Simon - Haskell, John - Turello, Dan
    • Date: 2021-06-10
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    Finding a Shared Historical Narrative Kluge Prize winner Danielle Allen moderates an expert panel to discuss the changing interpretations of the nation's founding documents and the principles they were founded upon. They will also explore the tension between celebrating what is good about the U.S. and its history, while addressing the exploitation and inequality that are also part of the American legacy.
    • Contributor: Molina, Natalia - Haskell, John - Allen, Danielle - Goldman, Samuel - Park Hong, Cathy - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2021-05-13
  • Film, Video
    How Political Institutions Shape Outcomes and How We Might Reform Them In the U.S., political institutions reflect choices and compromises about how we balance between majority and minority interests. Kluge Prize winner Danielle Allen moderates an expert panel to look at the way different systems of electoral decision-making in a democracy can, by themselves, lead to very different outcomes, and what can be done to reform them in ways that result in more responsive and...
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Fahey, Katie - Allen, Danielle - Hayden, Carla - McCormick, Cara - Drutman, Lee
    • Date: 2021-04-15
  • Film, Video
    Martha S. Jones on Black Women & the Suffrage Movement Historian Martha S. Jones will discuss her recent book: "Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All," which tells the history of Black women activists that is too-frequently left out of accounts of the struggles for racial and gender equality in the U.S. Jones writes about trailblazing activists like Maria Stewart, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and Fannie...
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Jones, Martha S.
    • Date: 2021-02-23
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    History of American Isolationism with Charles Kupchan A discussion of the evolution of U.S. statecraft with Charles Kupchan, author of a new book, "Isolationism: A History of America's Effort to Shield Itself from the World." In the book, Kupchan traces isolationism across the full arc of U.S. history, from the founding era through the present. He explores the ideological sources of America's aversion to foreign entanglement, how and why that aversion...
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Kupchan, Charles
    • Date: 2021-02-11
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    The Limits of Party: Congress and Lawmaking in a Polarized Era Frances E. Lee and James M. Curry discuss their 2020 book, "The Limits of Party: Congress and Lawmaking in a Polarized Era," with the Library's John Haskell. Lee and Curry cover some of their most surprising findings, including the idea that Congress is less dysfunctional than typically thought, and that the passage bipartisan legislation is still commonplace. Tracking legislative proposals, they find that divided...
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Curry, James M. - Lee, Frances E.
    • Date: 2020-12-17
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    Perspectives on the Post-COVID World Order Kluge Center Director John Haskell interviewed Hal Brands, Francis J. Gavin and historian Margaret MacMillan in a forward-looking conversation about the next few years. Topics will include the future of U.S. leadership in the world, prospects for competition between the US and China and predictions and advice regarding the Biden administration's first moves. Brands and Gavin are editors of the 2020 book "COVID-19 and...
    • Contributor: Gavin, Francis J. - Macmillan, Margaret - Haskell, John - Brands, Hal
    • Date: 2020-11-19
  • Film, Video
    Timely Topic: Anne Applebaum & Carlos Lozada Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, Anne Applebaum ("Twilight of Democracy") and Carlos Lozada ("What Were We Thinking"), discuss the current American frame of mind, the tenuous state of democracy and the 2020 presidential election.
    • Contributor: Applebaum, Anne - Haskell, John - Lozada, Carlos
    • Date: 2020-11-17
  • Film, Video
    Beyond the Presidential Election: What to Expect in the House and Senate While a great deal of attention is focused on the presidential election in November, a number of factors are likely to make House and Senate elections just as hard to predict, and perhaps even more consequential, than the question of who will be the next president. John W. Kluge Center Director John Haskell interviewed politics and election experts Julia Azari and Dave Wasserman on...
    • Contributor: Azar, Julia - Wasserman, David - Haskell, John
    • Date: 2020-10-09
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    Andrea Campbell on the Safety Net in a Time of Crisis Kluge Center Director John Haskell interviewed Massachusetts Institute of Technology political scientist and recent Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance Andrea Campbell on what we've learned about the safety net and the needs of Americans over the past several months. Campbell will discuss the ways in which social policy and views on social spending have changed recently, as well as the question of...
    • Contributor: Campbell, Andrea - Haskell, John
    • Date: 2020-08-13
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    U.S. Fiscal Policy in the Wake of COVID-19 John W. Kluge Center Director John Haskell talks with economist Jason J. Fichtner on fiscal policy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fichtner and Haskell will consider the tools available to the federal government to promote recovery from the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. They will also address the question how we should think about the exploding national debt. Co-sponsored with the...
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Fichtner, Jason
    • Date: 2020-07-23
  • Film, Video
    Danielle Allen Takes on the Hard Questions on Democracy and Public Life John Haskell and new Kluge Prize recipient Danielle Allen discuss some of the difficult questions in public life today.
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Allen, Danielle
    • Date: 2020-07-02
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    Public Diplomacy After COVID: Is China Winning the Global PR Battle? The level of friction between the US and China appears to be rising as both countries deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, and as other issues like the status of Hong Kong only complicate relations. How does vaccine development play into the rivalry between the two powers? Is a US-China Cold War in the works, or already here? John Haskell discusses with Carla P. Freeman...
    • Contributor: Freeman, Carla P. - Haskell, John - Brands, Hal
    • Date: 2020-06-26
  • Film, Video
    Kluge Prize Winner Danielle Allen Harvard professor and political theorist Danielle Allen, winner of the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity from the Library of Congress, is profiled in this short video.
    • Contributor: Gates, Theaster - Hiatt, Fred - Allen, Danielle - Haskell, John - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2020-06-22
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    Creative or Destructive Force? COVID-19, Russia & European Democracies Constanze Stelzenmüller and Andrew Weiss discuss what systems are handling the pandemic better and why, how the European Union is dealing with the pandemic, internal politics in Russia, and how all of this impacts the United States. John Haskell moderated.
    • Contributor: Weiss, Andrew - Haskell, John - Stelzenmüller, Constanze
    • Date: 2020-06-10
  • Film, Video
    Jill Lepore on How This Pandemic Will Go Down in History As part of our "National Book Festival Presents" series, Jill Lepore (bestselling historian and Harvard professor) and John Haskell (director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress) discuss how the current pandemic, its effects and our reaction to them say something very real about America in this moment and in the historical record that will emerge from it.
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Lepore, Jill
    • Date: 2020-05-21
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    On the Future of Democracy: A Time to Build In a series of conversations on the future of democracy, Yuval Levin discussed his new book with the Library's John Haskell. "A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream" is a fascinating look at the importance of formative institutions in society, their deterioration in recent decades and practical steps to...
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Levin, Yuval
    • Date: 2020-05-13
  • Film, Video
    Our Past and Future of Living with COVID-19 Epidemic expert Stephen Morrison discusses what COVID-19 teaches us about global health security with the Library's John Haskell.
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Morrison, J. Stephen
    • Date: 2020-05-04
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    Whistleblowing in Historical Context: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly The 2020 Cary and Ann Maguire Lecture, titled "Whistleblowing in Historical Context: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly," featured a panel discussion by representatives from the realms of medical research, national security and congressional committees.
    • Contributor: Stanger, Allison - Disanto, Emilia - Haskell, John - Elliott, Carl
    • Date: 2020-01-14
  • Film, Video
    The Fall of the Berlin Wall & the Future of Democracy Upon the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Hope M. Harrison and Constanze Stelzenmuller discuss with John Haskell the historic event and its effect on the world and the future of democracy.
    • Contributor: Harrison, Hope M. - Stelzenmuller, Constanze - Haskell, John
    • Date: 2019-12-05