Head over to U.S. Intellectual History to read Andrew Hartman’s summation of the final plenary session of the recently held U.S Intellectual History Conference, “Intellectual History for What.”
It was a star-studded panel that included three Christopher Lasch students and Lasch’s daughter. Add Bill McClay to the mix and you have one serious group of intellectual historians. My favorite part of the post is Hartman’s summary of Elizabeth Lasch Quinn’s remarks:
Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, pulling no punches, advised that U.S. intellectual historians not stoop to the level of our colleagues in other fields, in terms of perpetual self-examination or self-flagellation. She also wished that we would be more cosmopolitan, read more continental theory, learn more languages. In general, she and the others lamented the technocratic, careerist, anti-intellectual culture that pervades academia and elsewhere.
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