The committee for the 2015 Conference of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History–Andrew Hartman (Illinois State University), Michael Kimmage (Catholic University), Claire Rydell (Stanford University), and Jonathan Wilson (Syracuse University)—is pleased to announce that the seventh annual S-USIH Conference will […]
The Society for U.S. Intellectual History announces its Annual Book Award for the best book in American intellectual history.The book should be a work of original scholarship. Books eligible for the 2015 award must be published in English in the […]
Opening the 2014 S-USIH on Thursday October 9, is a plenary entitled, The Ideology Problem in Teaching and Scholarship. Among the panelists is a surprise addition, Rick Perlstein, author most recently of The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise […]
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The following is a guest post by Michael Kazin, professor of history at Georgetown University, editor of Dissent, and author of several books including his most recent: American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation. This paper was one of four presented at a panel “Alfred Kazin: Critic and Writer (1915-1998)” at the Sixth Annual meeting of the S-USIH. Next year is the centenary of Kazin’s birth and the panel was organized to call attention to various aspects of his legacy. Also see Richard King’s paper, On Native Grounds as Intellectual History.
Thanks to everyone who’s taking part in this panel. My father was always anxious that no one would still be reading his work – or talking about it – after his death. 16 years later — just a few months before what would be his 100th birthday — he’d still be anxious—that emotion never left him. But, I think that, like Camus’s Sisyphus, despite the unyielding weight of his psychic boulder, we can also imagine him happy. (more…)