Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    The Maritime Underground Railroad Kluge Center Director John Haskell moderates a discussion by Timothy D. Walker, Cheryl Janifer LaRoche and Cassandra Newby-Alexander on how enslaved people achieved their freedom and what the journey by sea looked like for many African Americans.
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Newby-Alexander, Cassandra - Laroche, Cheryl Janifer - Walker, Timothy D
    • Date: 2022-02-23
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    Pillars of Democracy: The Military The military is an American institution that enjoys higher levels of trust than most others, but that doesn't mean it has been totally removed from larger trends. The armed forces have been at the center of struggles for equality around race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. And high profile events like foreign deployments and the withdrawal from Afghanistan continue to shape public perceptions...
    • Contributor: K. Brooks, Vincent - Schake, Kori - Haskell, John - Galston, William A. - Cappello, Joe
    • Date: 2022-02-17
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    A Conversation with Martha Jones with Historian Adam Rothman Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor, Professor of History, and a Professor at the SNF Agora Institute at The Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy. She is in residence at the Kluge Center as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar beginning January 2022. She...
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Hensley, Travis
    • Date: 2022-02-17
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    Putin, Ukraine, and What's Likely to Happen Join the John W. Kluge Center and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a panel discussion about the sharp jump in tensions between the Kremlin and the West amid a growing threat of renewed Russian military action in Ukraine. Panelists from Russia, Europe, and the United States will assess Russian President Putin's goals in fomenting a showdown over Ukraine and his desire to exploit...
    • Contributor: Danyliuk, Oleksandr - Haskell, John - Liik, Kadri - Gabuev, Alexander - S. Weiss, Andrew
    • Date: 2022-01-27
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    Pillars of Democracy: Electoral Institutions For our January Pillars of Democracy conversation, a panel assembled by the John W. Kluge Center, the Brookings Institution, and the American Enterprise Institute will look at how electoral institutions have become so distrusted, and how Americans might regain confidence in elections as a measure of voter preferences.
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Kamarck, Elaine - Azari, Julia - C. Fortier, John - Levin, Yuval
    • Date: 2022-01-20
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    Pillars of Democracy: The Political Parties Despite periodic efforts to create new parties, for well over a century nothing has broken the hold of the Democratic and Republican parties on governance and elections. But while a president or major legislative faction from outside the two-party system may be hard to imagine in the near future, primary elections, party discipline in voting, and the relationships between the parties have changed a...
    • Contributor: Jordán Wallace, Sophia - Haskell, John - Philpot, Tasha - Olsen, Henry - Drutman, Lee
    • Date: 2021-12-16
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    The U.S. Natural Gas Market: Lessons for a Global Market Michael Ratner, Congressional Research Service energy policy specialist, will discuss his research on how, since the advent of shale gas, the United States has become the world's largest producer and consumer of natural gas, as well as the fastest-growing exporter.
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Ratner, Michael - Yacobucci, Brent
    • Date: 2021-12-02
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    Kluge Prize Address From Recipient Danielle Allen Danielle Allen delivers an address titled "Educating for American Democracy," in which she considers the role of education in fostering a common purpose in American society. At a time when the idea of cooperation for the public good is tested by crisis and political division, Allen's work connects us and brings us together around shared goals, all while maintaining the importance of the differences...
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Allen, Danielle - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2021-11-16
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    Pillars of Democracy: The Administrative State Much of the work of the U.S. Government occurs away from the spotlight. Unlike senators, Supreme Court justices, or presidents, public servants in the administrative state are rarely mentioned in the news. Still, the decisions of higher-profile public figures would have little effect without the agencies and the people in them that put policy into practice. Indeed the regulatory state effectively comprises a fourth...
    • Contributor: A. Rosen, Jeffrey - Dudley, Susan - Haskell, John - A. Galston, William - Noveck, Beth Simone
    • Date: 2021-11-04
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    How Indigenous Mexicans Engaged with Christian Texts through Art and Literature Ignacio Sanchez Prado interviews Kislak Chair Louise Burkhart on her career studying the ways in which Indigenous Mexicans experienced, engaged with, and manipulated the Christian texts and teachings introduced under Spanish colonial rule. Burkhart works primarily with materials in the Nahuatl (Aztec) language. Her largest body of work deals with Nahuatl religious theater, a rich and diverse genre including morality plays, Passion plays, stagings...
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Burkhart, Louise - Sanchez Prado, Ignacio
    • Date: 2021-10-21
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    Pillars of Democracy: The Federal Judiciary Watch American Enterprise Institute scholar Adam White, Harvard Professor Randall Kennedy, and Boston College Professor Cathleen Kaveny participate in a panel discussion, moderated by Russell Wheeler of the Brookings Institution, on the causes of changing attitudes towards the federal judiciary, as well as the ways that the third branch of government can win Americans' trust back.
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - White, Adam - Kennedy, Randall - Kaveny, Cathy - Wheeler, Russell
    • Date: 2021-10-14
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    Pillars of Democracy: The Presidency The John W. Kluge Center, with the Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute, hosts the Pillars of Democracy series to explore how institutions should work in a functioning society, and grapple with the question of how their decline can be counteracted. These panel discussions will draw on the expertise of historians, political scientists, authors, and others from across the ideological spectrum, to show...
    • Contributor: K. Tulis, Jeffrey - C. Kamarck, Elaine - Haskell, John - J. Schmitt, Gary - Prakash, Saikrishna
    • Date: 2021-09-02
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    The Persistent Challenge of U.S.-China Tech Join the John W. Kluge Center for a panel discussion led by recent Kluge Fellow Aynne Kokas, with panelists who bring perspectives from the disciplines of media studies, human rights and U.S.-China relations. Conflict over technology has been a flashpoint in relations between the U.S. and China in recent years. Apps like WeChat and TikTok, major companies like Facebook and Google, and even new...
    • Contributor: Segal, Adam - Haskell, John - Kokas, Aynne - Chen, Wenhong - Wang, Yaqiu
    • Date: 2021-08-12
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    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. - Haskell, John - Halsband, Megan
    • 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: Haskell, John - Booth, Katie
    • Date: 2021-07-15
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    Pillars of Democracy: The U.S. Congress The Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center, together with the Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute, hosts the Pillars of Democracy series to explore how institutions should work in functioning society and grapple with the question of how their decline can be counteracted. These panel discussions will draw on the expertise of historians, political scientists, authors and others from across the ideological...
    • Contributor: Binder, Sarah - Haskell, John - Wallach, Philip - Lee, Frances - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2021-07-08
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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 - Anderson, Lisa - Haskell, John - Kamrava, Mehran - El Mahdi, Rabab
    • 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
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    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
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    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