2012 S-USIH Conference

Schedule: Day 2

Friday, November 2

Session D, 10:00-11:45

Historians and the Academy: Politics and Profession in the Careers of Elizabeth Fox-Genovese and C. Vann Woodward (Room C198)

Michael O’Brien, Cambridge University

“C. Vann Woodward in His Letters”

Sheldon Hackney, University of Pennsylvania

“C. Vann Woodward: The Outsider as Insider”

David Moltke-Hansen, University of South Carolina

“From Edinburgh to Rome: Society in the Thought and Life of Elizabeth Fox-Genovese”

Chair/Commentators: Martin Burke, Lehman College and the Graduate Center (CUNY), and Daniel Joseph Singal, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

The Expansive Legacy of Francis Schaeffer (Room C201)

Ian Carr McPherson, Saint Louis University

“The Making of Francis Schaeffer: How Youth Culture Defined the Ideas that Redefined American Evangelicalism”

David Sessions, New York University

“Francis Schaeffer and Worldview Education”

Alissa Wilkinson, The King’s College

“Making Art for Jesus: Schaeffer’s Lingering Effect on the Art-and-Faith Community”

Chair/Commentator: Damon Linker, University of Pennsylvania

Behavioral Sciences in the Postwar Era: Community of Discourse or Community of Practice? (Room C202)

Philippe Fontaine, École normale supérieure de Cachan and Institut universitaire de France

“The Committee on the Behavioral Sciences: When Natural Scientists Talk about Society, 1949–1955”

Hunter Heyck, University of Oklahoma

“The Career of High Modern Social Science”

Jeff Pooley, Muhlenberg College

“‘A Not Particularly Felicitous Phrase’: A History of the ‘Behavioral Sciences’


Chair/Commentator: Nicolas Guilhot, Centre National de la Recherche Scienti?que/New York University

Discourses of Temporality in Nineteenth-Century American Culture (Room C203)

Jamie Pietruska, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

“‘The Great American Prophet’: Edward Bellamy and the Politics of Foresight”

Laura Thiemann Scales, Stonehill College

“‘Strange Foreshadowing’: Prophecy and Unpredictable Reading in Dred (1856)”

Kyla Schuller, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

“Handmaidens of Heredity: The Queer Evolutions of the First Generation of Women Physicians”

Chair/Commentator: Rosalind Williams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Religion, Presidential Elections, and Public Philosophies (Room C204)

Daniel K. Williams, University of West Georgia

“When the Right-to-Life Turned Right: The Development of the Pro-Life

Movement’s Alliance with Political Conservatism”

Christopher Shannon, Christendom College

“From Goldwater to Guadalupe: The Strange Career of L. Brent Bozell”

Raymond J. Haberski, Marian College

“The Illusory Community: Richard John Neuhaus, The Naked Public Square, and Rise of a New Metaphor”

Chair/Commentator: John Fea, Messiah College

Postwar Political Economy (Room C205)

Caley Horan, Princeton University

“Selling ‘Self-Made’ Security: Private Insurance and the Emergence of Neoliberal Governance in the Post-WWII United States”

Mike O’Connor, Independent Scholar

“Tax Revolt: California’s Proposition 13 and Modern American Conservatism”

Christian Olaf Christiansen, Aarhus University, Denmark

“Finance as ‘the Brain of the Economy’: Ideas That Shaped Financial De-regulation”

Chair/Commentator: David Steigerwald, Ohio State University

Lunch Break, 11:45-1:00

Keynote Address, 1:15-3:00

Introduction by S-USIH President, Paul Murphy

David Hollinger, University of California, Berkeley

“Reinhold Niebuhr, Christian Survivalism, and the Question of Secularization”

Session D, 3:15-5:00

Roundtable: The Meeting of the Minds: Reckoning with Corey Robin and Michael Kazin, or, Left and Right in Theory and History (Room C198)

Chair: L.D. Burnett, University of Texas-Dallas

Bruce Robbins, Columbia University

James Livingston, Rutgers University

Corey Robin, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Michael Kazin, Georgetown University

Roundtable: New Directions: Ideology, Transnationalism, and the Role of the U.S. in the World (Room C201)

Chair: Christopher McKnight Nichols, Oregon State University

Elizabeth Borgwardt, Washington University St. Louis

David Engerman, Brandeis University

Brad Simpson, Princeton University

Trygve Throntveit, Dartmouth College

Roundtable: Conceptual Contexts: Historians and Philosophers in Discourse on Religious Ideas (Room C202)

Chair: Marilyn Fischer, University of Dayton

John Kaag, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Louise W. Knight, Northhwestern University

Anthony B. Smith, University of Dayton

German Ideas and Intellectuals in America (Room C203)

David Weinfeld, New York University

“Self-Hating German: Horace Kallen’s Anglophile Rejection of German Ideas”

Daniel Bessner, Duke University

“Hans Speier and the Rise of the American Defense Intellectual”

Benjamin L. Alpers, University of Oklahoma

“Leo Strauss and German Thought in America”

Chair/Commentator: Anne Kornhauser, City College of New York (CUNY)

Concepts, Dialogue, and Community in the American Novel of Ideas (Room C204)

Anthony Hutchison, University of Nottingham

“Charisma in the Post-war American Novel of Politics”

Adam Kelly, Harvard University

“Dialectic of Sincerity: Lionel Trilling and David Foster Wallace”

Peter Kuryla, Belmont University

“Metaphysical Intimacy: Saul Bellow’s Ravelstein and The Varieties of Religious Experience”

Chair/Commentator: Morris Dickstein, CUNY Graduate Center

Going Public: Scientists in 20th Century U.S. Culture, Politics, and War (Room C205)

Alexander Olson, University of Michigan

“Strength in Numbers: Professional Networks, Mass Media, and the Science Service”

Rebecca Onion, University of Texas at Austin

“Restoring Color to Science: Frank Oppenheimer’s Exploratorium as Cultural Intervention”

Sarah Bridger, California Polytechnic

“Access and Expertise Without Influence: Jason Scientists and the War in Vietnam”

Chair/Commentator: David K. Hecht, Bowdoin College

Plenary Session, 6:00-8:00 (Elebash Recital Hall)

Roundtable: The Most Commanding Theme of U.S. Intellectual History?

Chair: David Sehat, Georgia State University

Daniel Wickberg, University of Texas-Dallas

Joan Shelley Rubin, University of Rochester

Jennifer Burns, Stanford University

Jonathan Scott Holloway, Yale University