Library of Congress Starts Center and New Award

Jen Young writes A NYTimes Article on

The Library of Congress. Today they inaugurated a new center for scholars, financed by the billionaire businessman John W. Kluge, to bring “the thinkers together with the doers,” which is how he defined the lawmakers across the street.

The Kluge Center’s official opening also paves the way for the award of the new $1 million Kluge Prize for Lifetime Intellectual Achievement. The prize is modeled after the Nobel prizes but is reserved for work in humanities, the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, said. The plan is to bestow the first prize this autumn.