March 3, 2020 Kluge Center Announces Public Events for Spring

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The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce a packed schedule of public events happening this spring. All events will be held in room LJ 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building located at 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The events are free and open to the public. However, tickets are suggested and available via Eventbrite.

March 10, 4 p.m.
Author Salon: Fergus Bordewich
Author and renowned scholar of congressional history Fergus Bordewich will be interviewed about his book “Congress at War,” the story of how Congress was at the center of the fight to win the Civil War. Free tickets:

April 9, 2 p.m.
Symposium: U.S.-China Relations and U.S.-Russia Relations
The Library of Congress has partnered with Foreign Affairs magazine to publish a collection of essays, commissioned by the Library and curated by the former Kluge Center chairs in U.S.-China relations and U.S.-Russia relations, Minxin Pei and James Goldgeier. The essays will be published in two special digital editions of Foreign Affairs.

The Kluge Center will host two panel discussions featuring the essays’ authors, who are experts in the fields of U.S.-China and U.S.-Russia relations. Free tickets:

April 29, 4 p.m.
Author Salon: Yuval Levin
Yuval Levin, author of the forthcoming “A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream,” will discuss the relationship of the humanities to the issues faced by democracies today. Free tickets:

May 7
Lecture: Downfall of the Classic Maya: New Data on a Great Enigma
Simon Martin, the Kluge Center’s Kislak Chair, will discuss the causes of one of the most remarkable social failures in world history: the collapse of the Classic Maya civilization.

May 12, noon
Author Salon: Jill Lepore
Jill Lepore, Harvard University historian and author of the acclaimed “These Truths” (2018) and “This America” (2019), will discuss her case for repudiating nationalism while advocating for a new patriotism. Free tickets:

May 12, 4 p.m.
Lecture: European Culture and Trans-Atlantic Relations
Kluge Center Director John Haskell will interview Kissinger Chair Constanze Stelzenmüller on European culture and trans-Atlantic relations. This event will be a part of the European Month of Culture, which highlights the diverse cultures of the 28 European Union member states. Free tickets:

May 14 and 15, 5 p.m.
Symposium: 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage
The Kluge Center, with the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and the U.S. Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, will host a two-day symposium featuring four panel discussions and two keynote addresses by leading scholars on the suffrage movement, race and gender in politics and voting, and women in leadership. Free tickets:

The Kluge Center’s mission, as established in 2000, is to reinvigorate the interconnection between thought and action, bridging the gap between scholarship and policymaking. To that end, the center brings some of the world’s great thinkers to the Library to make use of the Library collections and engage in conversations addressing the challenges facing democracies in the 21st century.

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