Arts and Literature News

Hometown D.C.: America’s Secret Music City

Nov 16, 2015
Washington is one of America’s compelling music cities. Like Green’s “secret city,” D.C. remains absent from far too many narratives about American music.

Just the Facts: What is “Fact Checking” and Why is it Growing?

May 22, 2015
Journalism, at its best, is a search for truth. And identifying the truth involves getting the facts correct. But a movement known as “Fact Checking” is growing globally and takes what some consider standard journalism practice to new heights. Following the release of a new report on fact checking, we spoke with Jane Elizabeth from the American Press Institute about the findings and to learn more about the practice. She provides an overview in this edition of CONTEXT.

Porgy & Bess at 80: Rethinking Russian Influence on American Culture

Mar 18, 2015
East European musical and theatrical masters arriving in the United States beginning in the 1890s immediately recognized and praised the contributions of African Americans to American culture.

War from the Victims’ Perspective: Photographs by Jean Mohr Exhibit

Nov 18, 2014
The Wilson Center is hosting an exhibit from November 21, 2014 to February 6, 2015 consisting of a collection of photographs by acclaimed Swiss photographer Jean Mohr and is entitled, “War from the Victims’ Perspective”.

All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid

Sep 30, 2014
Matt Bai, Public Policy Scholar from 2013, recently published his new book, All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid, which he worked on during his time at the Wilson Center. The book looks at 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, who withdrew from the race following intense media scrutiny after an alleged affair.

Kennan Institute Marks 40th Anniversary at 2014 Davis Dinner

Jun 13, 2014
On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, Eugene K. Lawson, Chairman and CEO of Lawson International, Inc., and Paul Rodzianko, Chairman of the Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA), were presented with the Woodrow Wilson Award at the Kennan Institute’s Davis Dinner. The event commemorated the Wilson Center’s 40th anniversary.
Photo by Verhoeff, Bert

Kennan Institute Launches Solzhenitsyn Initiative

Jun 09, 2014
The Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute launched the Solzhenitsyn Initiative to translate major works by Nobel Laureate Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2007) for the first time into English. Titles to be translated include The Little Grain, Solzhenitsyn’s autobiography during his years living in the United States, and The Red Wheel, Solzhenitsyn’s partially-translated history of Russia during World War I and leading into the Bolshevik Revolution.

Exhibition of Original American Print and Photography Collections

May 05, 2014
The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) is pleased to announce an exhibition of its Original Print and Photography Collections will be displayed at the Woodrow Wilson Center from May 5 through August 15, 2014. The works will be presented on the fourth and fifth floors where they will be accessible to the public. The exhibition is generously being supported by Christie’s.

Art in the Revolution of Consciousness

Apr 29, 2014
When in 1756 French enlightener Honoré Gabriel Mirabeau introduced the notion of «civilization» into academic vocabulary, he meant the society based on the principles of intelligence and justice. Later German philosopher Oswald Spengler pessimistically viewed civilization as “numbing” of culture’s organic life, its collapse, as well as conversion of labor into mechanical work devoid of creativity. Contemporary American scholar Samuel Huntington elaborated a theory on the collision of different cultures in present epoch, as well as defined civilization as cultural community of the highest rank and cultural identity of people of the greatest level.

Мистецтво у революції свідомості

Apr 29, 2014
Коли в 1756 р. французький просвітник Оноре Габріель Мірабо ввів до наукового словника слово поняття «цивілізація», він мав на увазі засноване на засадах розуму та справедливості суспільство. Пізніше німецький філософ Освальд Шпенглер песимістично розглядав цивілізацію як «закостеніння» органічного життя культури, її розпад та перетворення праці на механічну роботу, яка виключає творчість. Сучасний американський вчений Самуель Гантінгтон створив теорію про зіткнення різних цивілізацій у сучасну епоху і водночас визначив цивілізацію як культурну спільність найвищого рангу та найширший рівень культурної ідентичності людей.