Please consider yourselves invited to a talk in the History Department by Professor Andrew Hartman of the Illinois State University on "The Culture Wars."
Whether the culture wars in higher education during the 1980s and 1990shad political consequences is debatable. But that they had enduring historicalsignificance is inarguable. Shouting matches about academia reverberatedbeyond the ivory tower to lay bare a crisis of national faith, demonstrating that theculture 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 aboutnational identity: How should Americans think?
Andrew Hartman studies U.S. intellectual history in the twentieth century with afocus on politics and education. His first book was Education And The Cold War:The Battle for the American School. He is currently working on A War For TheSoul Of America: A History of the Culture Wars, From the 1960s to the Present.Professor Hartman is one of the founders of the U.S. Intellectual History blog(http://us-intellectual-history.blogspot.com), an award-winning group blog aboutthe subject and practice of American intellectual history.