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teaching intellectual history

Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism: Criticisms, a Critique, and Teaching “Complications”

Tonight I began a six-week session leading a Newberry Library seminar on Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. I’m pleased to report that the course is full. Twenty-two people voluntarily signed up to explore a 54-year-old work of intellectual history. And even the waitlist is eleven-deep. Yes, I’m bragging a bit. It’s because I’ve never had so much enthusiasm for one of my seminar offerings. It’s exciting. But the excitement comes at a time when my relationship with the book has never been more complicated. Read more