2012 S-USIH Conference

Schedule: Day 1

Thursday, November 1

Business Meeting, 9:00-10:30 (C198)

Society for U.S. Intellectual History Executive Committee Meeting

Introduction by Paul Murphy, 2012 President

Open to All S-USIH members

Session A, 10:00-11:45

Religion and the Discourses of Radical Activism in 20th Century America (Room C201)

Mark Pittenger, University of Colorado

“Liberal Theology and Oppositional Politics: The Unitarian Radicalism of John Haynes Holmes”

Andrew J. Ballou, Boston University

“Working-class Pragmatism: A.J. Muste and Progressive Labor, 1919-1936”

Leilah Danielson, Northern Arizona University

“Christian Idealism and Pacifist Practicability: The Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Search for an Effective Social Ethic”

Chair/Commentator: Joseph Kip Kosek, George Washington University

Philosophy, Science, and Realism: Reflections on Early 20th Century Realism (Room C202)

Gary Hatfield, University of Pennsylvania

“Science and Philosophy in Conversation: Roy Wood Sellars and American Critical Realism”

Patsy Manfredi, Southern Illinois University

“Objects and Dewey’s Pragmatic Instrumentalism”

Peter Olen, University of South Florida

“New Realism and Behavioral Science: Tracing the Philosophical Roots of American Behaviorism”

Chair/Commentator: Bruce Kuklick, University of Pennsylvania

The Reactionary Mind at the American Founding (Room C203)

Tom Cutterham, Oxford University

“The Revolution’s Crisis of Patriarchal Imagination”

Craig Bruce Smith, Brandeis University

“Institutionalizing Honor in the Early Republic”

David J. Gary, City University of New York

“Rufus King and the Reading of the Higher Law”

Chair/Commentator: Seth Ackerman, Cornell University

Varieties of Scientific Experience: Contesting Cultural Authority, 1865-1925 (Room C204)

Paul Croce, Stetson University

“In Science But Not Of It: Young William James’s ‘Program of the Future of Science’”

Andrew Jewett, Harvard University

“Science, Freedom, and Control in American Philosophy, 1900-1920”

Henry M. Cowles, Princeton University

“Psychology and Pseudo-Environment in Walter Lippmann’s Public Opinion”

Chair/Commentator: Francesca Bordogna, University of Notre Dame

American Loneliness, American Solitude: The View from Central Europe (Room C205)

Michael Kimmage, Catholic University of America

“Familiar Territory: Wolfgang Koeppen and American Loneliness”

Richard King, University of Nottingham

“It Goes with the Territory: Hannah Arendt and American Loneliness”

Martin Woessner, City University of New York

“The Cinema of Solitude: Terrence Malick, Martin Heidegger, and the Meaning of Human Existence”

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

Lunch Break, 11:45-1:00

Session B, 1:15-3:00

Intellectual Authority, Communities of Discourse, and the Culture Wars (Room C198)

Molly Worthen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Masters of Culture Warfare: How Evangelicals Have Thrived on the Battlefield of Intellectual Authority”

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, The New School

“In Defense of the Family: Parents, Teachers, Taxes, and Sex Education”

Andrew Hartman, Illinois State University

“Rethinking the Culture Wars: How the Wars of Position in Higher Education Complicate the Conventional Narrative”

Chair/Commentator: James Davison Hunter, University of Virginia

Sympathy, Aesthetics, and Politics (Room C201)

Alan Robert Ginsberg, Columbia University

“The Salome Ensemble—Translational Motion Across Oceans and Emotions”

Andrew L. Erdman, Independent Scholar

“George Jessel and Darryl Zanuck Don’t Care: Commerce, Politics and the Making of ‘The I Don’t Care Girl’”

Lisa Szefel, Pacific University

“‘The Glare of Vivid Words’: Taste, Tears, and Trotsky”

Chair/Commentator: Ann Fabian, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

The Sciences of Emotion in Postwar America (Room C202)

Susan Lanzoni, Harvard University

“Empathy Metrics: Calibrating Social Emotions in the Social Sciences”

Nadine Weidman, Harvard University

“Konrad Lorenz and the Science of Emotion”

Marga Vicedo, University of Toronto

“Social Scientists’s Turn to Emotions in Post-WWII America”

Chair/Commentator: Ruth Leys, Johns Hopkins University

Critiques of Kissinger’s Realism from Détente to the War on Terror (Room C203)

Samir I. Singh, Emory University

“Kissinger: Ugly Duckling to Swan?”

Brian Mueller, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“The Institute for Policy Studies and the Radical Confrontation with Realpolitik”

Ellen G. Rafshoon, Georgia Gwinnett College

“Realpolitik and Religion: Morgenthau and Kissinger’s Jewish Problem”

Chair/Commentator: Joseph G. Morgan, Iona College

Politics of the Postwar University: Democracy, Civil Rights, and Decolonization (Room C204)

Mary Ellen Lennon, Marian University

“New Democracies, New Universities: The Creation of the African and American Universities Program, 1958-1965”

Marybeth Gasman, University of Pennsylvania

“Perceptions of Black College Presidents: Sorting Through Stereotypes and Reality to Gain a Complex Picture”

Julian Nemeth, Brandeis University

“God and Man at Yale and the Politics of Higher Education in the 1950s”

Chair/Commentator: Julie Reuben, Harvard University

Religious and Political Liberalism in Twentieth-Century America (Room C205)

David Mislin, Boston University

“‘There Sit Side By Side Catholic and Protestant, Christian and Jew’: The Religious and Political Origins of Modern American Pluralism”

Kip Richardson, Harvard University

“‘The Man Who Gets the Largest Salary Can Do the Most Good’: The Political Economics of the Social Gospel Moderates”

Gene Zubovich, University of California, Berkeley

“The Politicization of Protestantism in the WWII Era: Catholics, Evangelicals, and the Protestant Establishment”

Chair/Commentator: Matthew Hedstrom, University of Virginia

Session C, 3:15-5:00

Roundtable: Liberalism, Conservatism, and the 2012 Election (Room C198)

Chair: Sam Tanenhaus, Editor, New York Times Book Review

Beverly Gage, Yale University

David Greenberg, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Orlando Patterson, Harvard University

Leo Ribuffo, George Washington University

Educating the Public: New England Intellectual Discourses and Educational Visions (Room C201)

Jonathan G. Koefoed, Boston University

“Cautious Romanticism and American Education”

Amy Kittelstrom, Sonoma State University

“Education vs. Evangelism: Liberal Mindtraining from Elizabeth Palmer Peabody to Thomas Davidson”

Cristina V. Groeger, Harvard University

“The Politics of Vocation: Intelligence Testing and Vocational Guidance in Boston Public Schools, 1919-1930”

Chair/Commentator: Charles Capper, Boston University

Roundtable: On the Discourses of Pluralism and Secularism (Room C202)

Chair: Tisa Wenger, Yale University

Pamela E. Klassen, University of Toronto

K. Healon Gaston, Harvard University

Laura Levitt, Temple University

Early America and the Intellectual Foundations of Cultural Institution Building (Room C203)

Michael D. Hattem, Yale University

“‘Improving the Minds of Our Fellow Citizens’: The Independent Reflector and Print as a Form of Institution-Building in British America”

Mark Boonshoft, Ohio State University

“The Great Awakening, Academies, and Ambition in the Eighteenth-Century Mid-Atlantic”

Jonathan W. Wilson, Syracuse University

“The Bread and the Cheese: Writing Americans in Manhattan, 1821-1828”

Chair/Commentator: Catherine O’Donnell, Arizona State University

Transatlantic Communities of Legal Scholars, 1870-1914 (Room C204)

David M. Rabban, University of Texas

“The Historical School of American Jurisprudence”

Mark S. Weiner, Rutgers University-Newark

“Lewis Henry Morgan and the Rule of the Clan”

Benjamin Coates, Wake Forest University

“Exceptionalism and Internationalism in the Professionalization of International Law in the United States, 1898-1914”

Chair and Commentator: Nadav Shoked, Northwestern University

Left-Liberal Intellectuals and the Cultural Politics of Modernity (Room C205)

Jay Garcia, New York University

“Richard Wright, Philip Wylie and the Culture Concept”

Drew Maciag, Independent Scholar

“John F. Kennedy and the Intellectuals: One Brief Shining Moment for Modernity”

Paul Murphy, Grand Valley State University

“The Making of a Cultural Historian: Warren Susman and American Cultural Criticism in the 1950s and 1960s”

Chair and comment: James Levy, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

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

Roundtable: Speech Rights: Legal History as Intellectual History

Chair: Allison Perlman, University of California, Irvine

Jack Balkin, Yale University

Vincent Blasi, Columbia University

Ronald Collins, University of Washington

Catherine Ross, George Washington University