S-USIH Minutes 1.25.2013
S-USIH Conference Call Meeting, January 25, 2013–Minutes
Present: Lisa, Paul, Allison, and Ray
Larry Friedman calling at 3:15
Conference from the Society for the Advancement of Philosophy
March 7-9: Jennifer R-R book featured
Book award update
May 1 due date for the award
month later announce the winner
or designate certain book as outstanding
so either 3 finalists and winner
Formal journal idea, Paul is looking to create a new committee
Conf. $5000 in memberships
Speak to Friedman about ways to increase the budget
Paying for the website, still needs to invoice
Looking for grants? Planning grants?
Paul: a planning session would be great.
Expense on the website and monthly
Ray on Website
Lisa will publicize HNN and RIAH
Allison will publicize on some listserv
Ray will write something up for H-Ideas
Ray covered who will take care of different areas
Conf committee reconfigured and Chris Nichols will replace Andrew on the committee
Draft of CFP done
Nervous about the CA location so she hopes to build in ways to make it easy for folks
Hollinger invited to give keynote address
Five panels from last year want to go again this coming year
Both panels and individual papers will be accepted
Still trying to get the Nixon library on board
Theme: Geographies of Ideas
Plenary sessions from last year?
Plenary participation will probably be local because we are not paying for stuff
We should start planning conference locations for a longer period
How do we plan with a small budget and with the elections that we determine the location?
Paul: agenda item, we need to hold our annual business meeting
Without the conference we lost this particular ability
So we need to create an annual meeting
We need to recruit new officers
Should we appeal to more senior historians to become officers?
Perhaps not so necessary considering how well this society has gone thus far.
Need to find people who can devote time to this endeavor
Should we extend the terms of the officers so to learn the job and then develop the ideas?
Could we consider an advisory board for the society?
What kind of assets should the next group of officers bring to the society?
Should we have longer terms, staggered terms, more time to roll out ideas?
Paul: Lisa what is Larry Friedman thinks about our group?
Lisa: very interested in helping younger scholars, international scholars, senior people; fundraising; joint conference, seminars
Paul: investigation into the journal; Andrew pitched to MIT a 20th Politics journal; Lora pitched a journal idea to another press and heard it runs $12,000 a year for a four issue journal
How did the Intellectual Newsletter work and do we need a journal?
Contact group that contact Commonplace
Survey membership for ideas about how to create a journal
By May we would have some kind of report to show regarding the journal idea
Lisa: have a conversation with editor at MIH
Run a poll through the website
Look to have an electronic business meeting
Larry Friedman entered conversation 3:15
Paul: introduced officers and explained how enthusiastic we are to have any conversation about collaboration
Larry: Conference on Public Intellectuals at Harvard, every April, 51 applicants from all over the world.
Public intellectuals not restricted to American
Thursday evening, followed by two day of sessions, one evening has keynote (Noam Chomsky this year).
Presentations seemed to be getting better every year
Tone is very collegial and supportive by design
Negotiating to host something in Lisbon at some point
What do we do next?
Paul and Lisa described the hopes and intentions of the society to be good for young scholars, diverse, cross-fields, technologically savvy
Larry: All intellectuals are not public intellectuals? How does the society see itself dealing with the idea of intellectuals public and otherwise.
Discussed the kinds of intellectuals who our group and Larry’s deal with.
We can send people to his conference
We can profile people there, do podcasts, post about the conference, and then do the same for the S-USIH conference
Larry also spoke about a workshop in Cape Code over the summer—Wellfleet.
Could we hold a common conference?
A common issue: public intellectuals and war; public intellectuals and the modern university
A journal issue for or an edited book
Between two conference committees to chat about how to leverage the Wellfleet seminar
Lisa: call it a retreat and make that another venue for us to produce good work
Larry: their center is Harvard with free space; Damon Freeman, John Luntz
Try to make the effort of getting a group together to spend time to meet with Lary Friedman and his group.
The Wellfleet idea is great opportunity for collaboration
Funding opportunities that we can investigate in the future.
Lets set a date, place and group together to meet with Larry and his group.
Ray will link the society to Larry’s society.
Paul suggested creating an ad hoc committee to meet with Larry’s group and thus will take care of the continuity issue.