Chair Holders

2020

2018

  • Biography
    Henry Jenkins Henry is professor of communication, journalism, civic arts and education at the University of Southern California. Previously, he was on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.As one of the first media scholars to chart the changing role of the audience in an environment of increasingly pervasive digital content, Henry has been at the forefront […]

2017

  • Biography
    David Bordwell An influential theorist and historian of film and cinema, 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.News ReleasesNew Scholars Working on American Film, History and […]

2009

  • Biography
    Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney Ohnuki-Tierney is William F. Vilas Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin. As a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center Ohnuki-Tierney explored general theories about the role of symbolism and folk aesthetic in Japan’s history and culture and the importance of symbolism in political and military affairs.News ReleasesAnthropologist Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney Named To Kluge Center’s Chair […]

2007

  • Biography
    Kay Kaufman Shelemay Shelemay is G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music at Harvard University. As a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center Shelemay researched a book on Ethiopian music and musicians in the United States.News ReleasesKay Kaufman Shelemay Appointed To Chair of Modern Culture in the John W. Kluge CenterJuly 2, 2007“Capturing a Moment in Time: Documenting Musicians from […]

2006

  • Biography
    Shigemi Inaga Inaga is a professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Japan. As a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center Inaga completed the third volume of his trilogy on the history of modern art in a cross-cultural context, titled, “The Limit of Painting: Eastern Tradition in Confrontation with the Western Experience.”News ReleasesShigemi Inaga […]
  • Biography
    Cecelia Tichi Tichi is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. As a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center Titchi studied the shift that occurred in U.S. culture from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era.News ReleasesCecelia Tichi Appointed to Chair of Modern Culture in Library of Congress John W. Kluge CenterMay 16, 2006Lectures & […]

2005

  • Biography
    Václav Havel Václav Havel, playwright, poet, political dissident and former president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, occupied the Kluge Chair in Modern Culture from March – June 2005 and December 2006 – March 2007. During his first residency, Havel conducted research on human rights and worked on his final play, “Leaving.” During his second residency he […]

2004

  • Biography
    Vyacheslav Vsevolodovich Ivanov A renowned philologist and translator, and professor at UCLA, Ivanov was the first holder of the Chair of Modern Culture. As a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center Ivanov explored the symbols of the Old Slavic, Proto and Ancient Indian, Ancient Near Oriental, and Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures.News ReleasesVyacheslav Vsevolodovich Ivanov Appointed Holder of the Chair of […]