I’m trying to dream up panel proposals for USIH 2009 and OAH 2010. I have a pretty firm idea for USIH (probably something on Diggins), but definitely need help for OAH (due Wed., Feb. 25). Here are my rough ideas for topics:
1. Catholic Intellectual Life in the 1930s and 1940s: Related to my own work, my contribution would be on Mortimer J. Adler and the Thomistic philosophy movement in Chicago/U.S. If that timeframe doesn’t work, I could expand it to the interwar period or 1900-1950.
2. 20th Century Anti-Intellectualism: I wrote a survey paper on this for the 2008 USIH conference, but now want to relate anti-intellectualism directly to my work on Adler and the great books movement. This might also include some intersections with Catholicism.
3. Diggins: I could modify whatever I do for USIH for OAH in the spring? Hmm…
4. Higher Education Admissions: This isn’t sexy, but I have a project in the works that I can definitely use here—something ~not~ related to the great books, Adler, or UIC (not directly at least).
One reason I’m presenting my ideas publicly is that I’d like to find partners in crime. Anyone planning for OAH in 2010? If so, any thoughts on collaboration? – TL