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Program The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress

Kluge Chair in Modern Culture

About the Chair

The Chair in Modern Culture focuses on modern arts and media and their impact on societal development, using the Library's immense music, film, architecture, literature, multi-media, and folklore collections.

One of five Kluge Chairs articulated in the founding documents of The John W. Kluge Center, the Chair in Modern Culture is occupied by scholars of great accomplishment chosen for their intellectual and communicative abilities. While in residence they are free to pursue their own research in the Library's collections.

Together, these broadly defined Chairs bring a critical mass of the world's leading thinkers to Washington from all over America and the world. Their presence provides an opportunity for ongoing dialogue with political leaders on matters of importance to civic and political life.

Find more information on Kluge Chairs in the Kluge Center charter.

Most Recent Chair

David Bordwell

Kluge Chair in Modern Culture (2017)

An influential theorist and historian of film and cinema, David Bordwell is Jacques Ledoux Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At the Kluge Center, Bordwell will work on a project titled "The Art of Cinema: 1908-1920", making use of the Library's unparalleled film collections.

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Program Details

Research Areas

All aspects of modern culture


By the Librarian of Congress


$13,500 per month

For More Information

The John W. Kluge Center
Phone: (202) 707-3302
Email: [email protected]

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