2010 USIH Conference


Theme Intellectuals and Their Publics

Intellectuals and Their Publics
Center for the Humanities
The Graduate Center
October 21-22, 2010

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

10:00 am-12:00: Session A

Segal Theatre, Panel 1

Chicago Social Science and American Conservative Thought

Angus Burgin, Johns Hopkins University
Chicago Economists and Free-Market Advocacy during the Great Depression

Robert Thomas, Columbia University
Frank Knight’s Weberian Interventions in the 1930s Crisis of Liberalism

Stephen Turner, University of South Florida
Postwar Chicago and the Americanization of European Liberalism

Commentator: Benjamin Alpers, University of Oklahoma

C201, Panel 2

Intellectuals and the Left

Jeffrey B. Perry, Independent Scholar
Hubert Harrison: Harlem’s Brilliant, Mass-based, Public Intellectual

Nathan Godfried, University of Maine
Public Intellectuals and the Popular Front: Political Economist J. Raymond Walsh, 1932-1938

Commentator: Mike O’Connor, Georgia State University

C202, Panel 3

A Decent Disrespect: The Opinions of Mankind and the Making of a Modern Republic

Varad Mehta, Independent Scholar
Extinguishing the “Lamp of Experience”: History and Modernity in the American Revolution

Matthew Peterson, Claremont Graduate University
The Purpose of Government in the Rhetoric of Ratification: Promoting the Public Good and Protecting Individual Rights

Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon, The George Washington University
The Third Body of Washington: The Presidential Title Controversy & the Collision of Sovereignties

Commentator: Martin Burke, CUNY, The Graduate Center

C203, Panel 4

Church, State, and Law in U.S. Intellectual History

David Sehat, Georgia State University
The Myth of American Religious Freedom

Remalian Cocar, Emory University
Between Liberalism and Evangelicalism: Early 20th-Century Mainline Protestants and Their Public

Christopher Hickman, The George Washington University
“An Unfortunate Metaphor”: Theological Liberals and the Establishment Clause Jurisprudence of the Vinson Court

Ethan Schrum, University of Pennsylvania
Samuel Stumpf and the Conversation between Law and Theology in the Postwar United States

Commentator: Eugene McCarraher, Villanova University

C204, Panel 5

Gendered Public Spheres

Kathryn Troy, Stony Brook University
Contested Modernity: Conflicting Images of Nineteenth Century Women in America

Andrea L. Turpin, University of Notre Dame
Andrew Dickson White vs. Charles William Eliot: Science, Religion, and Class in Debates over Collegiate Coeducation

Susan Lanzoni, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jessie Taft and the Shaping of the Social Self

Linda Przybyszewski, University of Notre Dame
Dressing in Good Taste: Home Economists, Aesthetic Principles, and the Female Student

Commentator: Hilary Hallett, Columbia University

C205, Panel 6

Cross-Atlantic Exchanges: Theory and Pedagogy

Robert Zwarg, University of Leipzig
The Transformation of a Tradition: The American Reception of Critical Theory

Gregory Jones-Katz, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rethinking Deconstruction in America

Dennis R. Bryson, Bilkent University
Teaching U.S. Intellectual History in Turkey

Commentator: Daniel Wickberg, University of Texas-Dallas

1:00-3:00 pm: Session B

Segal Theatre, Panel 7

The Culture Wars as Intellectual History

Whitney Strub, Rutgers University-Newark
The Porno Follies: Intellectuals, Pornography, and the Emergence of the Culture-War Narrative

Allison Perlman, New Jersey Institute of Technology/Rutgers University-Newark
The ‘Burden of Diversity’: Affirmative Action, Media Deregulation, and the Culture Wars

Andrew Hartman, Illinois State University
Moderns Versus Postmoderns: The Culture Wars and the Future of the Left

Commentator: James Livingston, Rutgers University

C201, Panel 8

Ethnicities, Old and New

Michael Mezzano Jr., Wheaton College
The Futility of Criticism: Race, Biology and Immigration Restriction

Richard Moss, Independent Scholar
Ethnic Intellectuals and the Problem of Audience in the 1970s

Alexander Elkins, Temple University
Producing the Ethnic Public: Michael Novak, White Ethnics, and Postwar Political Culture

Commentator: Greg Sumner, University of Detroit Mercy

C202, Panel 9

Neoconservatism and U.S. Foreign Policy: Enduring Arguments, Enduring Provocations

Laurence R. Jurdem, Fordham University
James Burnham, Sidney Hook and the Search for Intellectual Truth from Communism to the Cold War, 1933-1956

Joshua Botts, Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State
From Nightmares to Dreams: The Evolution of Neoconservative Strategic Culture from 1970 to 2000

John Ehrman, Independent Scholar
Neoconservatism After Iraq: Consistency and Adaptability

Commentator: Jennifer Burns, University of Virginia

C203, Panel 10

Defining Liberal Education and Freedom for American Democracy, 1940-1970

Fred Beuttler, U.S. House of Representatives Historian
“Politics as the only School of Liberal Arts”: The Debate over Goals for Education at the Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion, 1945-1950

Tim Lacy, Monmouth College
The Meaning of Freedom: Dialectics, Intellectuals, and Democratic Culture during the Cold War

Benjamin Alpers, University of Oklahoma
Before the Closing: Leo Strauss, Allan Bloom, and U.S. Higher Education in the 1960s

Commentator: Rene Arcilla, New York University

C204, Panel 11

Intellectuals and Cold War Policy

Daniel Bessner, Duke University
Bildung, Wissenschaft, and the German Origins of the Defense Intellectual

Barbara J. Falk, Canadian Forces College
Moscow’s Puppets? American Communist Intellectuals and the Construction of Early Cold War Political Discourse

Commentator: Bruce Kuklick, University of Pennsylvania

C205, Panel 12

Identity Formation in American History

William Fine, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Historicizing Identity

Citlali Sosa-Riddell, University of California, Los Angeles
Early Chicano Intellectual Thought: Californios and their Public Efforts to Create a “Native” Identity

Lindsey Wallace, University of Colorado, Boulder
Basil Manly and His Public: Southern Moral Philosophy and “Lived” Religious Experience in the Antebellum Baptist South

Daniel Vandersommers, The Ohio State University
Violence, Animals, and Egalitarianism: Audubon and the Intellectual Formation of Animal Rights in America

Commentator: Gregory Downs, The City College of New York

3:15-5:15 pm: Session C

Segal Theatre, Panel 13

To Serve Mankind: Wars, Faith, and United States Foreign Policy

Angela Lahr, Westminster College
Church, State, and War: Evangelicals, Politics, and the Vietnam War

Christopher McKnight Nichols, University of Pennsylvania
Opposition to Empire and Isolationist Ideas in the United States, 1895-1910

Matthew Avery Sutton, Washington State University
Bracing for Armageddon: The Global Visions of World War II-Era Evangelicalism

Commentator: Leo P. Ribuffo, The George Washington University

C201, Panel 14

Publics and Their Scientific Intellectuals: The Multitude of Scientific Experts and Their Many Audiences in the 20th-century United States

Sylwester Ratowt, American Philosophical Society
Their Colleagues Rejected Them, but Publics Accepted Them: Public Intellectuals and the Limits of Scientific Professionalization, 1890-1920

Paul Burnett, St. Thomas University
You Can Run Numbers But You Can’t Hide: Agricultural Economists Define the Nature of Their Calling, 1942-52

Audra Wolfe, Independent Scholar
Between Popularization and Policy: Biological Scientists as Public Intellectuals, 1945-1972

Erik Peterson, University of Notre Dame
What Does Gregory Bateson’s Status as a Philosopher for the New Age Have to Do With the Delay on the Synthesis Between Evolutionary and Developmental Biology?

Commentator: Hunter Heyck, University of Oklahoma

C202, Panel 15

Technology, Philosophy, and Film: The Idea of American Cinema from D.W. Griffith to Terrence Malick

Daniel Wuebben, The City College of New York, The Graduate Center
Wire-Cutting and Cross-Cutting: The Telegraph and Tension in the Early Western

Andreas Killen, The City College of New York
Cinema, Conditioning, and the Cold-War Subject

Martin Woessner, The City College of New York, Center for Worker Education
The Fourfold on Film: Terrence Malick between Stanley Cavell and Martin Heidegger

Commentator: Marlene Clark, The City College of New York, Center for Worker Education

C203, Panel 16

Varieties of Conservatism, Mid-Twentieth Century

Paul Murphy, Grand Valley State University
The New Humanist Controversy and the Conservative-Modernist Split in American Intellectual Life

Seth Bartee, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
The Reactionary Historians: The Rejection of Disciplinary Professionalism and the Problems of Historical Scholarship in Democracy

Emily Dufton, The George Washington University
“Hurrah for Western Civilization!”: Representations of Africa in the Conservative Cultural Imagination

Commentator: Kim Phillips-Fein, New York University-Gallatin

C204, Panel 17

Mid-Twentieth-Century Social Thought

Donna J. Drucker, Indiana State University
“A Most Interesting Chapter in the History of Science”: Intellectual Responses to Alfred Kinsey’s Sexual Behavior in the Human Male

Joseph Malherek, The George Washington University
Market Segmentation as Discursive Deflection: Social Critics and Their Adversaries in Advertising

Edward J.K. Gitre, University of Virginia
Observing the “Ries-man”: The Social Scientific Imagination in Mid-twentieth-century America

Commentator: David Steigerwald, The Ohio State University

C205, Panel 18

Fame, Myth-making, Authority, and Public Intellectuals

Ben Wurgaft, The New School
Leo Strauss and the Public Intellectuals

David K. Hecht, Bowdoin College
Rewriting Oppenheimer: Moral Authority and the Public Scientist

Erik M. Greenberg, Autry National Center/UCLA
The American Career of Israel Zangwill: An Inquiry Into the Nature of Fame and the Public Intellectual

Commentator: Robert Westbrook, University of Rochester

6:00-8:00 pm

Segal Theatre

Plenary: Renewing Black Intellectual History

Adolph Reed, Jr., University of Pennsylvania
Kenneth W. Warren, University of Chicago
Dean E. Robinson, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Touré F. Reed, Illinois State University

Friday, October 22, 2010

10:00 am-12:00: Session D

Segal Theatre, Panel 19

Do-It-Yourself Criticism: Inquiries into Values, 1945-1975

Daniel H. Borus, University of Rochester
The Conspicuous Consumption of Thorstein Veblen, 1945-1960

Lisa Szefel, Pacific University
Peter Viereck’s Mid-Century “New Conservatism”: “Uncautiously Daring, Free-Thinking Lovers of Beauty”

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Philosophy out of Doors: Thinking as a Handicraft and Spiritual Practice in Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974)

Commentator: J. David Hoeveler, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

C201, Panel 20

The Intellectuals’ Cold War: An Historiographical Challenge

Matthew J. Cotter, CUNY, The Graduate Center
The Philosopher as Heretic: Sidney Hook and Higher Education’s Cold War

Michael Brenes, CUNY, The Graduate Center
From Isolation to Wilsonianism: William F. Buckley and Conservative Internationalism during the Early Cold War

Peter Aigner, CUNY, The Graduate Center
Hannah Arendt’s Revolution

Commentator: Jennifer Delton, Skidmore College

C202, Panel 21

Religion and Early African-American Political Thought

Christopher Cameron, University of North Carolina Charlotte
Puritanism and the Ideological Origins of Black Politics in America

Peter Wirzbicki, New York University
The Adelphic Union, Transcendentalism, and the Creation of a Black Intellectual Life in Antebellum Boston

Molly Oshatz, San Francisco State University
The Antislavery Origins of Historicism in America

Commentator: James Levy, Hofstra University

C203, Panel 22

Americans and the World, 1898-1922

Trygve V. R. Throntveit, Harvard University
A League for the Layperson: Public Intellectuals, Presidential Leadership, and Popular Internationalism in the Era of the Treaty Fight, 1918-1922

Matthew J. Shaughnessy, Marist College
Memory, War and the Judeo-Christian Mission in Lowell Thomas’ Travelogues, 1917-1919

Commentator: Craig A. Daigle, The City College of New York

C204, Panel 23

Aesthetics and Ideas

Gary Grieve-Carlson, Lebanon Valley College
In the Borderlands: American Poetry Engages History

Christina G. Larocco, University of Maryland, College Park
The Art of Politics / The Politics of Art: Tennessee Williams and His Audience

Camelia Lenart, SUNY Albany
Martha Graham and Bethsabee de Rothschild: an Artistic Friendship in the Service of Modern Dance

Valerie Hellstein, Boston College
Paintings All Around You: Paul Goodman, Vanguard Art, and the Abstract Expressionists

Commentator: Joan Shelley Rubin, University of Rochester

C205, Panel 24

Civil Religion and U.S. Intellectual History, Roundtable

Wendy Wall, Binghamton University
Philip S. Gorski, Yale University
Raymond Haberski, Marian University

Commentator: Wilfred McClay, University of Tennessee


C201: Special Session: Brown Bag Lunch

Brian Lloyd, University of California, Riverside
When the Audience was in the Streets: Pop Musicians and Political Insurgency in the late-1960s (includes audio presentation)

1:30-3:00 pm

Segal Theatre

Keynote Address

James Kloppenberg, Harvard University
Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition

3:15-5:15: Session E

Segal Theatre, Panel 25

Conservative Influences from the Other Europe: American Conservatism and Eastern Europe

Nancy Sinkoff, Rutgers University
Vilna on My Mind: The Polishness of Lucy S. Dawidowicz’s Turn to Neoconservatism

Jennifer Burns, University of Virginia
A Cold Warrior Before the Cold War: Ayn Rand as Russian Intellectual in America

Michael Kimmage, Catholic University
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and the Emptiness of American Conservatism

Comments: Audience

C201, Panel 26

Social Thought in the Progressive Era

Louise W. Knight, Northwestern University
The Ethical Limits of Rhetoric: Jane Addams and the Arguments for Women’s Suffrage

Richard L. Hughes, Illinois State University
From Jewish Ghetto to “Negro Invasion”: The Contested History of the Black Ghetto during the Progressive Era

Shaun S. Nichols, Harvard University
Creating a New Republic: Progressivism, Pluralism, and the Search for the Public Good, 1908-1930

Neil Jumonville, Florida State University
The Curious Case of Privacy

Commentator: Jackson Lears, Rutgers University

C202, Panel 27

Rock Critics as Public Intellectuals: Mass-Cultural Music Writing From the 60s to the Present

Chair: Nick Bromell, University of Massachusetts

Devon Powers, Drexel University
The Problem of Pop: Rock Criticism, Pop Intellectualism, and Postmodernity

Michael J. Kramer, Northwestern University
Creem Magazine and Rock Criticism’s Public Intellectuals After the Sixties Counterculture

Daphne Carr, Columbia University
Lad Mags in the Post-PC Era: Rock Criticism, Gender, and Sexuality, 1990-2010

Commentator: Paul Anderson, University of Michigan

C203, Panel 28

Intellectuals and Rural Life from World War I to the Cold War

Todd Dresser, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Encounters with Carol Kennecott: Rural Sociology and Rural Community Development, 1919-1929

Gabriel Rosenberg, Brown University
‘Low Modern’-izing the Family Farm: The Pronatalist Turn in the late-New Deal USDA

Daniel Immerwahr, University of California, Berkeley
Agrarian Intellectuals at Home and Abroad: Decentralism in U.S. Thought and Policy, 1935–1955

Commentator: Andrew Jewett, Harvard University

C204, Panel 29

Racial Politics, Intellectuals, and Academia

Lauren Kientz Anderson, University of Kentucky
Abram Harris’s Identity as an Intellectual and an Academic

Jason Schulman, Emory University
Contingencies of History: Herbert Gutman and the Politics of Family Discourse

Stephen Kercher, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Academic Intellectuals, Race, and the Impact of Black Student Demonstrations in Wisconsin During the Late 1960s

Carl Pedersen, Copenhagen Business School
The Obama Dilemma: Confronting Race in the 21st Century

Commentator: Jonathan Scott Holloway, Yale University

C205, Panel 30

American Jewish Intellectuals: The “Old Left” and Beyond

Julian Nemeth, Brandeis University
Sidney Hook, Herbert Aptheker, and the Politics of Academic Freedom

David Weinfeld, New York University
Horace Kallen Reconsidered: Cultural Pluralism and Hybridity as Lived Experience

Ronnie Grinberg, University of Colorado, Boulder
An Often Overlooked Conservative: Midge Decter—A ‘Scourge of Feminist Dogma’

Commentator: Tony Michels, University of Wisconsin-Madison

7:00-9:00 pm

Elebash Recital Hall

Plenary: Intellectual History for What?

George Cotkin, Cal Poly
Rochelle Gurstein, Independent Scholar
Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, Syracuse University
Wilfred McClay, University of Tennessee
David Steigerwald, The Ohio State University
Casey Nelson Blake, Columbia University