March 27, 2017 Wayne Wiegand, Timothy Breen, and Jose Casanova To Deliver Kluge Center Lectures

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Three lectures at the John W. Kluge Center this April and May will consider the distinctive role of public-school libraries; new perspectives on the American Revolution; and globalization through the prism of religion.  The lectures will feature the work of senior scholars who have spent time in residence at the Library of Congress during the spring.

The events, which are free and open to the public, will be held in room 119 on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.  Tickets are not needed.

Wayne Wiegand will present “A History of School Librarianship” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 13.  A Kluge Center Distinguished Visiting Scholar and the F. William Summers Emeritus Professor of Library and Information Studies at the Florida State University, Wiegand specializes in American library and American book history, with numerous scholarly publications in both areas.

Timothy Breen will present “What Time Was the American Revolution? Reflections on a Familiar Narrative” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 20.  Breen, the Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance, is the William Smith Mason Professor of American History Emeritus at Northwestern University and the James Marsh Professor-at-large, University of Vermont.  He is an Early American historian interested in the history of political thought, material culture and cultural anthropology.

Jose Casanova will present “Early Modern Globalization Through a Jesuit Prism” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 25.  Casanova, the Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North, is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University and head of Georgetown’s Berkley Center Program on Globalization, Religion and the Secular.  He has published works on a broad range of subjects, including religion and globalization, migration and religious pluralism, transnational religions and sociological theory. 

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 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

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