June 11, 2013 The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress Announces Summer 2013 Lecture Season

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The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress has announced its lecture series for summer 2013. The season of lectures highlights the work of senior and junior scholars currently in residence at the center.

The summer season features several lectures by world-renowned scholars, including those participating in the eighth annual Decolonization Seminar, which brings together historians to discuss decolonization around the world during the 20th century. The event is hosted by the Kluge Center and sponsored by the National History Center. As part of the seminar, Kenneth Pomeranz, a leading expert on modern China and president-elect of the American Historical Association, and William Roger Louis, editor-in-chief of “The History of the Oxford University Press” and a member of the Library of Congress Scholars Council, will present lectures.

Highlights of the summer season also include lectures by Peter Kalliney, visiting fellow from the University of Kentucky, who will discuss the CIA’s sponsorship of African writers during the 1960s on Thursday, June 13, and Marie Curie Fellow Jean-Francois Mouhot, who will present an environmental history of Haiti on Tuesday, June 18. On Thursday, July 11, Indian historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South, delivers a lecture on first-person narratives from India.

Programs take place in The John W. Kluge Center on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington D.C. All are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. On rare occasions, event times and locations may change; please check the Kluge Center website prior to each event at www.loc.gov/kluge/.

Thursday, June 13, at noon, in room 113
Peter Kalliney presents “Modernism, African Literature ─ and the CIA?” (Why the CIA sponsored post-colonial African writers in 1960s Africa.)

Tuesday, June 18, at noon, in the Whittall Pavilion
Jean-Francois Mouhot presents “Haiti’s Environmental History, 1492 to Today.”

Thursday, June 20, at noon, in room 113
Christopher Bishop, Kluge Fellow, presents “‘No Evil Shall Escape My Sight’: Frederic Wertham and the Anti-Comics Campaign of the 1950s.”

Thursday, June 27, at noon, in room 113
Jason Blokhuis, Kluge Fellow, presents “Public Educational Authority and Children’s Rights.”

Thursday, July 11, at 4 p.m., in room 119
Sanjay Subrahmanyam presents “The Hidden Self: Some First-Person Narratives from India 1500-1800.”

Tuesday, July 16, at 4 p.m., in room 119
Elizabeth Borgwardt of Washington University in St. Louis presents “Present at the Creation? Human Rights, NGOs and the Trusteeship Debate at the 1945 U.N. San Francisco Conference.” (Part of the Decolonization Seminar)

Tuesday, July 23, at 4 p.m., in room 119
Kenneth Pomeranz presents “Resisting Imperialism, Resisting Decolonization: Making 'China' from the Ruins of the Qing, 1912-1949.” (Part of the Decolonization Seminar)

Tuesday, July 30, at 4 p.m., in room 119
William Roger Louis presents “Another Dimension of Empire: The History of the Oxford University Press.” (Part of the Decolonization Seminar)

Thursday, August 1, at noon, in room 113
Patricia O’Brien, Kislak Fellow, presents “English Colonialism and Piracy from the Atlantic to the Pacific.”

Thursday, August 29, at noon, in the Whittall Pavilion Uranchimeg Tsultem, Kluge Fellow, presents “Prior to Lenin: U.S. Diplomacy and Western Explorers in Early-20th-Century Mongolia.”

Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together the world's best thinkers to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library's rich resources, and to interact with policymakers in Washington. For more information about the Kluge Center visit www.loc.gov/kluge/.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.


PR 13-115
ISSN 0731-3527