James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, has announced the names of seven scholars currently working at the center who are participating in the 2005-06 workshop, “American Intellectuals and the Cultures of the Atlantic World.” Leading the workshop are James Kloppenberg, the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, and David Hall, Bartlett Professor of New England Church History, who selected the Warren Fellows from a rich and diverse pool of applicants. The fellows’ work ranges from the late 17th to the late 20th century and from the rise of statistics to the international sensibility of leading figures in the Civil Rights Movement.
“The theme of this year’s fellowship program reflects the increasing interest in transnational studies in the field of American cultural history,” said Kloppenberg. As with all recent Warren Center Workshops, this year’s program is linked with a graduate course on a similar subject. The course, a research seminar on American intellectual history in its trans-Atlantic dimensions, has attracted students from various departments who are pursuing topics across a wide range of subjects and chronological periods. Noted Hall, “Several of the students have already made contacts with Warren Fellows who share their interests, and the students are sure to benefit from the expertise of the fellows as they shape their own research projects.”
As they have since the center’s inception, Warren Fellows share their work with each other and with scholars from Harvard and the Boston area, in the long-established workshop series that is the heart of the center’s intellectual community. Also making presentations in this year’s series will be invited guests who are established scholars in the field of intellectual history. The workshop generally meets on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. in the lower library of Robinson Hall (owing to scheduling necessities, some presentations take place on other days). Fellows will begin presenting their work later this fall, with the bulk of presentations taking place during the spring semester. Papers are often pre-circulated for discussion. Visit http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~cwc for additional information on the workshop schedule and other Warren Center programs.
The 2005-06 Warren Fellows and their research projects:
Carol Anderson (Ph.D., Ohio State University), Department of History, University of Missouri-Columbia: “Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960.”
Carrie Tirado Bramen (Ph.D., Stanford University), Department of English, University at Buffalo: “American Niceness.”
Charles Capper (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley), Department of History, Boston University: “The Transcendental Moment: Liberal Romantic Intellect and America’s Democratic Awakening.”
Amy Kittelstrom, associate fellow (Ph.D., Boston University), Committee on Degrees in History and Literature, Harvard University: “The Religion of Democracy: William James and Practical Idealism in Evolutionary America and Beyond.”
Mark Schmeller (Ph.D., University of Chicago): “Invisible Sovereign: Imagining American Public Opinion.”
Jeffrey Sklansky (Ph.D., Columbia University), Department of History, Oregon State University: “The Rise and Fall of the Money Question in the 19th Century United States.”
Craig Yirush (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University), Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles: “Forming American Political Theory: Rights, Law and Sovereignty in the Early Modern British Atlantic, 1685-1774.”
The Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History was established in 1964 with a bequest from Annielouise Bliss Warren in honor of her husband, Charles Warren, an eminent lawyer and legal scholar.