The National Catholic Reporter recently alerted us to the convening of a Vatican-sponsored conference on just war. The article noted it was the “first-ever conference to reevaluate just war theory,” suggesting that the Catholic Church has not rethought its centuries-old response to state-sponsored violence. I think most folks understand the general notion of just war, that it proscribes principles for getting into, fighting, and getting out of war. I don’t want to wade through hundreds of years of debates within the Catholic Church about how this doctrine has been applied. However, I do want to add a couple of points to the discussion. Continue reading
What’s better than one post on Mother Angelica? TWO posts on Mother Angelica–and she does earn them.
Consider this post an extension of and, in some ways, a response to Tim Lacy’s questions and observations about the creator of EWTN, arguably the most powerful and lucrative religious media empire in the United States. I agree that Mother Angelica is part of the Culture Wars within the American Catholic Church. I write about her in that context in a recently completed (I think) book on Franciscan media.
But there is another angle on Mother Angelica that I find equally fascinating, under-studied, and also connected to her profile as a culture warrior. She had serious issues with money–in terms of debt, revenue, and investment. And at least early in the EWTN’s history, Mother Angelica received help from a relatively small group of benefactors and donors about whom I know little and who Raymond Arroyo (Mother Angelica’s most capable biographer to date) does not dig into too deeply. Mother Angelica operated within what she called a “theology of risk.” That idea is what I want to explore briefly below. Continue reading
I am finishing up a book on how Franciscans in the U.S. communicated with Americans through various media. In a chapter on radio and television programs, I write quite a bit about one particular effort called The Hour of St. Francis. Based in Los Angeles with financial support from Third Order Franciscans (or secular Catholics who pledged to live by values inspired St. Francis of Assisi), The Hour used Hollywood talent on a popular radio show and later to make a series of half-hour television episodes. You can listen to some of the radio shows here: The Hour. The programs were heard on hundreds of radio stations across the U.S. and so we can assume they were heard by hundreds of thousands of people. Scripts for the episodes were sent out to hundreds of listeners who requested them. Thus these episodes present an interesting question: do they constitute a body of thought that sits somewhere in between theology and lived religion?
CFP: S-USIH Panels at the OAH Annual Meeting
New Orleans, LA
April 6-9, 2017
Proposals are due by April 15, 2016.
For more information regarding the OAH annual conference please click here
The Society for U.S. Intellectual History will present up to two solicited panels as an affiliate organization at the Organization of American Historians meeting in New Orleans April 2017. We seek submission of proposals on any topic in the field of American intellectual history. Proposals should consist of:
- A panel description (250 words)
- Paper abstracts for three presenters (250 words each)
- A one-page cv for each presenter, plus a cv for the chair and/or commentator.
Send all documents to all three of the SUSIH affiliate committee members:
Ray Haberski email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cara Burnidge email: email@example.com
Lora Burnett email: LBurnett@collin.edu
Direct any questions or concerns to Ray Haberski
I am going to pick on Kenneth Turan, film critic for the Los Angeles Times and a “frequent contributor” to NPR’s “Morning Edition.” He provided what is probably the most irrelevant piece of movie criticism of all time. He told listeners that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the most anticipated movie opening since Gone with the Wind premiered in 1939. He followed that characterization with this bit of wisdom: “But can all those true believers – all the people who bought millions of dollars in advance tickets – could they be wrong? No, they’re not wrong – but they can be only half right.” Everything after his first statement regarding ADVANCED ticket sales is meaningless–not that Turan doesn’t have a valid point in his critique or that he is weak critic, just that he already laid bare why no-one would bother listening to him any longer. Continue reading
ANNUAL BOOK AWARD
FOR BOOKS PUBLISHED IN 2015
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2016
For contact information regarding where to send copies of books, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The winner of the book award will be honored at the annual conference to be held at
2015 Book Award Committee
Emeritus Professor of History
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Director and Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities
Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University
Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, History
University of California-Irvine
Please use this page to collaborate on creating COMPLETE PANELS for the 2016 conference.
The committee is especially eager to ensure ethnic, gender and institutional diversity at the conference. We welcome the participation of graduate students, independent scholars, and all faculty ranks.
Proposals may be for traditional paper sessions, roundtable format with audience comment, workshop/seminar-style discussions, “author meets critics” events, retrospectives on significant works or thinkers, or other formats that encourage the exchange of ideas.
Panels which take up our theme of “tools and traditions” in American intellectual history are encouraged, as are panels engaging the following topics, periods and methods:
- Gender as a Tool of Analysis
- Feminist Thought
- Early America
- Nineteenth Century America
- History of Capitalism
…A look at the history of evangelical refugee resettlement might help
The following post is from Ulrike Elisabeth Stedtnitz, a PhD candidate at the University of Münster, Germany. She is working on a dissertation on evangelical activism for refugees and immigrants in the United States from the 1960s to the 2000s.
A couple of days ago, Stephen Colbert chastened Republican presidential candidates for defending a closed-door policy for Syrian refugees (with the possible exception of Syrian Christians in the case of Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz.) But how do you tell apart Christian refugees, who could safely be assumed not to be terrorists, from their non-Christian compatriots? Colbert’s answer: “If you want to know if somebody is Christian, just ask them to complete this sentence: ‘Jesus said: I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you …?’ And if they don’t say ‘welcomed me in,’ they are either a terrorist or they are running for president.” Continue reading
Agenda For S-USIH Business Meeting
Friday, October 16, 2015
Lafayette Park Room
- Call Meeting to Order and Introduction of Officers by Secretary (7:30-7:32)
- President’s Report (7:32-7:40)
- new administrative position—S-USIH Administrator
- John Dewey Book Award
- Henry F. May Fund drive
- Book Award Committee/Call for Nominations
- Board of Advisors proposal
- Treasurer’s Report (7:40-7:45)
- Secretary’s Report (7:45-7:50)
- Website updates
- Membership count
- Publications Committee Report (7:50-7:55)
- General updates
- committee updates (blog, book reviewing)
- comments and suggestions for the future
- 2016 Conference Chair Report (7:55-8:00)
- 2017 Conference Chair Report (8:00-8:02)
- Questions and Comments from the Floor (8:02-8:30)