I am still debating whether or not I should attend the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Atlanta from January 7-10, 2016. Though I am not presenting anything at this year’s conference, and my new book will not be out until late March, I am still tempted to make the trip so that I can cover the conference for The Way of Improvement Leads Home. (Stay tuned: I will soon be posting a call for correspondents).
This morning I finally got around to skimming the program. It is loaded with great sessions. The Mark Noll appreciation events will be hard to pass up. So will so many intriguing sessions associated with the American Society of Church History. The stuff on media, podcasting, and historical thinking looks great.
As I was jotting down possible sessions I might want to attend I came across AHA Session 3 on Thursday afternoon: “Are the Culture Wars History? New Comments on an Old Concept.” I was attracted by the high-powered panel of historians–Andrew Hartman, Adam Laats, Natalia Petrzeal, Stephen Prothero, and Leo Ribuffo. I marked it down as a must-attend panel.
Then I read the “Session Abstract.” Here it is: