The S-USIH Executive Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of L.D. Burnett, currently in the graduate program in Humanities and the History of Ideas at the University of Texas at Dallas, as the new chair of the S-USIH Publication Committee. L.D. replaces Tim Lacy, who has resigned upon accepting a new position in the Teaching and Learning Center at Loyola University’s Stritch College of Medicine
The Publications Chair supervises all S-USIH publications, including the blog. In accordance with the Constitution, L.D. was nominated to fulfill Tim’s unfinished term and approved by the Executive Committee.
L.D. is well-known to the readers of this blog for incisive commentary over a long period and, most recently, as our Friday blogger. She has been serving on the Publications Committee with Ben Alpers and so is well-versed in the committee’s ongoing projects. Her dissertation concerns the intellectual history of an infamous, emblematic but not yet adequately understood battle in the “culture wars” of the 1980s, the “Great Books” debate at Stanford University.
Our congratulations go to Tim on his new position. We regret that he will have to reduce his active and intensive involvement in the leadership of S-USIH (for now), although he will continue to participate in the blog, dispense wisdom freely and generously, and participate actively as time allows. Tim’s “call to action” to all those interested in U.S. intellectual history led to the creation of the USIH blog, and he has been a leader in establishing the annual conference and creating S-USIH.