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Why Do Ideas Matter? – Reflections on the 2013 S-USIH Conference

The following is a guest post by Robin Marie Averbeck, who recently graduated from UC Davis with a PhD in American history. See her previous guest post here. Of the many excellent and compelling talks, conversations, and panels I had the privilege of listening to during this year’s S-USIH conference, a handful of particular moments are beginning to congeal in my mind as the stew of papers, questions, wine, more papers, cheese, again papers, and then beer starts to settle. Together, these moments push me toward what I think one of the primary purposes of conferences are and ought to Read more