News from the John W. Kluge Center: Three Upcoming Events at the Kluge Center This Week

The Kluge Center is hosting three events this week:

1: A Book Talk With Jonathan Haidt, author of "The Coddling of the American Mind."

Today, September 26, 2018, 4:00pm, Members Room, Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, SE, Washington, DC

Jonathan Haidt, a nationally-renowned social psychologist at New York University, teamed up with First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff to look at disturbing trends on college campuses and in society as a whole, including rising reports of self-censorship, anxiety, and depression. They explore changes in childhood such as the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised, child-directed play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the last decade. The authors also examine changes on campus, including the corporatization of universities and the emergence of new ideas about identity and justice. They situate the conflicts on campus within the context of America’s rapidly rising political polarization and dysfunction. Kluge Center Director John Haskell will interview Dr. Haidt to examine the trends Haidt identifies in his new book and the larger implications they might hold for our current political culture. 

Book signing and reception to follow.

https://www.loc.gov/item/event-393635/a-book-talk-with-jonathan-haidt/2018-09-26/?loclr=eanfwk

 

2: Blumberg Symposium for 2018, “Becoming Interplanetary: What Living on Earth Can Teach Us about Living on Mars"

Thursday, September 27th, 2018, from 9:00am - 5:00pm, in Room LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, SE, Washington, DC.

Hosted by Lucianne Walkowicz, Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, the Blumberg Symposium for 2018, “Becoming Interplanetary: What Living on Earth Can Teach Us about Living on Mars," will feature interdisciplinary discussion and multi-media performances by a diverse group of thought leaders and artists whose work has relevance to the human exploration of Mars. Astrobiologists, anthropologists, policy experts, artists, and journalists will participate in the sessions, which will be structured as moderated conversations, with ample opportunities for dialogue with the audience.

Reception to follow.

https://www.loc.gov/item/event-393637/becoming-interplanetary/2018-09-27/astrobiology-symposium-becoming-interplanetary/?loclr=eanfwk

 

3: The Politics of a Galaxy, Far, Far Away

Friday, September 28, 2018, 6pm, in Room LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, SE, Washington, DC.

 

The Politics of a Galaxy, Far, Far Away”: A distinguished panel of scholars will discuss the prosperity and turmoil of the Star Wars Universe, the real life history it draws from and lessons it could teach us. Tickets for this panel can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/library-of-congress-star-wars-under-the-stars-tickets-49908016220