2008 USIH Conference

Tentative Program

Theme Gender and Society

Dear Colleagues,

It’s taken a bit of time to solicit and confirm panel chairs, but we’ve done enough such that we want to forward our conference program. I’ll leave “tentative” in the title until we firm up the last few open positions. To those participating, please let us know if we’ve transcribed your information incorrectly.

We’re very much looking forward to October. Soon another posting will follow with hotel links and other practical information.

All the best,

Paul and Tim


2008 USIH Conference on American Intellectual History

Updated: 10/13/2008, 3:00 pm, CST

Friday, Session I, 1:30-3 p.m.

1. Pragmatism’s Legacy and Opponents

Chair/Comment: Christopher Phelps, OSU-Mansfield

a. The “Ordinary Laborer in an Academic Vineyard”: Sidney Hook and the Politics of Higher Education in the 1930s
Matthew J. Cotter, CUNY Graduate Center

b. Pragmatism and Realism Reconsidered: The Common Ground between Dewey and Niebuhr
Bryan D. Peery, George Washington University

2. Friendship and Masculinity in Nineteenth-Century America

Chair/Comment: Bret E. Carroll, California State University-Stanislaus

a. Francis Lieber and the Economy of Friendship
Mary Clingerman, Michigan State University

b. “The Real Working Men…of Science”: Science, Labor, and Masculinity in America, 1820 – 1850
John L. Dwiggins, University of Pennsylvania

c. “Moral Heroes”: William James, Friendship and the Advent of the Manly Man
Krister Dylan Knapp, Washington University in St. Louis

Friday, Session II, 3:15-4:45 p.m.

3. The Politics of Publishing and the Mass Media

Chair/Comment: Ben Alpers, University of Oklahoma

a. Communication Flows and Crowds: Postwar Communication Research and Its Ambivalent Critique of Mass Society
Lars Lierow, George Washington University

b. Lost and Found in Translation: The Politics of Translating Tocqueville
Sheryl Gordon, The Graduate Center, CUNY

4. Race, Gender, and the Body: New Perspectives on Turn-of-the-Century Reform

Chair/Comment: Daniel McClure, Grand Valley State University

a. The Politics of Booker T. Washington: A Reappraisal
Claire Goldstene, University of Maryland

b. “Are the Majority of Men Better than Christ?”: Martha McWhirter and the Reform Ideology of a Feminist Businesswoman, 1867-1904
Jennifer Eckel, University of Texas at Austin

c. Food and the Politics of Physical Self-Discipline in the Progressive Era
Helen Zoe Veit, Michigan State University

Friday, Business Meeting, 5-5:30/45 p.m., Room 201, Eberhard Center. Hopcats after for dinner and beverages. The GLHC keynote is at 8 pm

Saturday, Session III, 8:30-10 a.m.

5. Multiculturalism and Equality in Twentieth-Century Higher Education

Chair/Comment: Richard Hughes, Illinois State University

a. Multiculturalism Requires Space and Freedom: The International Travel of Juliette Derricotte
Lauren L. Kientz, Michigan State University

b. Equality of Educational Opportunity: From the Cold War to the Global Economy
Erwin V. Johanningmeier, University of South Florida

c. Deconstructing the Historical Discourse on American Exceptionalism
Theresa M. Richardson, Ball State University

6. Jacksonians, Populists, and the Southern Agrarians: Radical Conservatives All?

Chair/Comment: Thomas Summerhill, Michigan State University

a. Laissez-Faire Egalitarianism in Jacksonian America: The New York Evening Post as a Case Study
Jonathan Wilfred Wilson, Syracuse University

b. “The spirit of their fathers moves within them”: The Radical Conservatism of the Virginia Populists
Gillis John Harp, Grove City College

c. The Southern Agrarians, Radical Conservatism, and the Cultural Crisis of the 1920s
Paul Murphy, Grand Valley State University

Saturday, Session IV, 10:15-11:45 a.m.

7. New Directions in Intellectual History

Chair/Comment: Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, University of Wisconsin, Madison

a. The Death and Rebirth of American Intellectual History
John P. Ivens, Blackhawk Technical College

b. Beyond Speech Act Theory: Robert Brandom and the Promise of a Pragmatist Approach to Intellectual History
David L. Marshall, Kettering University

c. Christopher Lasch and the Usefulness of History
Andrew Hartman, Illinois State University

8. From Left To Right

Chair/Comment: Gleaves Whitney, Hauenstein Center of Presidential Studies and Grand Valley State University

a. An “Order of Conservation”: The Old Protestant Left as the First Christian Right
Mark Thomas Edwards, Ouachita Baptist University

b. Ideology and Academia: The Political Criticism of Lewis Feuer
Julian Nemeth, Brandeis University

c. David Horowitz and the Conservative Critique of the Academy
Jason D. Roberts, Northern Virginia Community College

Saturday, Session V, 1:45-3:15 p.m.

9. Cold War Liberalism and Its Discontents

Chair/Comment: David Steigerwald, Ohio State University, Marion

a. Alexander Bickel and Liberal Judicial Activism
Christopher A. Hickman, George Washington University

b. The Historian’s John Rawls: A Theory of Justice as Cold War Liberalism
Mike O’Connor, New York Institute of Technology

c. Utopian Visions, Rusted Dreams: The Chronic Liberal Dream of a Technologically-Driven, Meritocratic, Egalitarian Service Economy from the “Post-Industrial Society” to the “New Economy”
Josh Mound, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

10. Cultural Controversy In Post-Liberal America: Homosexuality, Organic Gardening, and D & D

Chair/Comment: Greg Sumner, University of Detroit, Mercy

a. Campaign to Remove Homosexuality from American Psychiatric Association’s catalogue of disorders in the 1970s
Joseph Lapsley, University of Illinois at Chicago

b. Defining “Organic”: The Significance of Composting to Rodale Press and Wendell Berry
Jeffrey M. Filipiak, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

c. Dungeons, Dragons, and the Devil: The Role-Playing Game Controversy of the 1980s
Derek S. Oden, Del Mar College

Saturday, Session VI, 3:30-5 p.m.

11. PLENARY SESSION: Anti-Intellectualism in Twentieth-Century America

Surveying Issues in Twentieth-Century U.S. Anti-Intellectualism
Tim Lacy, Loyola University Chicago


1. James Levy, Hofstra, Hofstra
2. Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, UW-Madison
3. Andrew Hartman, Illinois State University

Reception, 5-6 p.m.