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OAH 2016: A Preliminary Report from L.D. Burnett

Here in Oklahoma, we tend to think that we have the nation’s most apocalyptic weather. So far — knock on wood — we’ve largely been spared this year.  But our neighbors down in Baja Oklahoma (they tend to call it “Texas”) haven’t been so lucky.  They got hit by a series of Biblical-plague-level hail storms, one of which managed to knock out L.D. Burnett’s wifi.  So, on her behalf, I’m posting links to three storified twitter streams from panels at this year’s Organization of American Historians conference, which was held last weekend in Providence, RI. Follow me below the fold for your links!

Democracy in America and Europe took place during the 10:50 am session on Friday, April 9, and focused on James Kloppenberg’s new book, Tragic Irony: The Rise of Democracy in European and American Thought. The panel was chaired by Leslie Butler (Dartmouth College) and included Rachel Hope Cleves (University of Victoria) and David Blight (Yale University). Kloppenberg himself responded.

The second panel is Myths of the Market. It was chaired by James Sparrow of the University of Chicago and featured Brian Balogh (University of Virginia), David Freund (University of Maryland), Jennifer Burns (Stanford University…and Chair of our own 2016 Conference), and N. D. B. Connolly (New York University).  This took place during the 1:50 pm session on Friday, April 8.

The third and final panel, Presidents and Patronage, was sponsored by the OAH Committee on Teaching. Neal Millikan (Papers of George Washington) spoke on “The First President and the Federal City: George Washington and the Creation of Washington, D.C.” Our own Sara Georgini (Papers of John Adams…and very recently minted PhD!) delivered a paper on “The Cultural Diplomacy of John Adams.” And Virginia Ellen Hickman (Papers of Thomas Jefferson) spoke on “Avoiding ‘the Appearance of Dictating to the Assembly’: Thomas  Jefferson and the Establishment of the University of Virginia.”  Gordon Wood (Brown University) chaired this panel, which took place on Saturday, April 9, at 1:50 pm.

3 Thoughts on this Post

  1. Tim, I was glad to do it — though really, really nervous about getting things right, more so than usual with tweeting. This was a very weighty group of panelists discussing a very weighty book!

    Now that I have internet again (thank you, Lord, and hallelujah!) I will plan on writing a longer post about this in the near future. In the meantime, I heard from one of the panelists that the live-tweeting gave a fairly good picture of the discussion, so I am happy about that.

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