The Battle for the American Mind: The Culture Wars in Higher Education

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall
Admission: Free
Season: 2014-15

Synopsis: Whether the culture wars in higher education during the 1980s and 1990s had political consequences is debatable. But that they had enduring historical significance is inarguable. Shouting matches about academia reverberated beyond the ivory tower to lay bare a crisis of national faith, demonstrating that the culture wars did not boil down to any one specific issue or even a set of issues. Rather, the culture wars often hinged on a more epistemological question about national identity: How should Americans think?


Bio: Andrew Hartman is an associate professor of history at Illinois State University, and he was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark for the 2013-14 academic year. Hartman’s first book, "Education and the Cold War: The Battle for the American School," was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008. Hartman’s second book, "A War for the Soul Of America: A History of the Culture Wars," is being published by the University of Chicago Press in April 2015. He was the founding president of the Society for US Intellectual History (S-USIH), where he remains a regular writer for the award-winning S-USIH Blog. Hartman was named OAH Distinguished Lecturer for the 2015-18 period.

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