U.S. Intellectual History Blog

Update On The Second Annual USIH Conference (Nov. 12-13, 2009)

The June 15 deadline for proposals is fast upon us. With that, let me provide a few updates.

1. Although there is still room for proposals, the program is shaping up nicely. Here are some highlights:

(a) Plenary Speaker: James Livingston, Rutgers. He just completed a book on U.S. intellectual history since WWII, and intends to speak from that work for the plenary.

(b) Special Panel #1: John Patrick Diggins Retrospective
Participants: Neil Jumonville, on JPD as a public intellectual; Martin J. Burke, on JPD & John Adams; James Oakes, on JPD & Lincoln; James Livingston, On JPD & Pragmatism; Andrew Robertson, on JPD & the Lost Soul of American Politics; Ron Radosh, on Up From Communism; Matthew J. Cotter, Chair

(c) Special Panel #2: Assessing the Legacy of the 1977 Wingspread Conference
Participants: David Hollinger, Thomas Bender, Charles Capper, Dorothy Ross, and David Hall.

(d) We already have panel and paper proposals representing individuals from our host institution (CUNY), as well as the Boston University, Brandeis University, Carleton University, Gannon University, Harvard University, Hofstra University, Illinois State University, Johns Hopkins University, Marian College, New York University, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Southern California, University of Texas-Dallas, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2. This is not indicated on the CFP, but we are looking to hold the registration fee to under $50. It was $35 last year, and our CUNY/Graduate Center sponsors are on board with keeping the fee low. So transportation, room, and board are the primary costs for those wishing to either attend or present.

3. The Useful Information and Links page has been updated. Check it out.