Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Russell Jacoby on “Object Studies.”

Will America ever move beyond the culture wars?

How to get the most out of an academic conference

The AHA and digital scholarship

Ross Douthat on Pope Francis and the future of the Catholicism

Do we still need libraries?

Matthew Crawford’s argument against the Enlightenment

Shopping malls and the myth of American progress

Tenured Radical weighs in on the recent meeting of the Organization of American Historians in St. Louis.

Did you see Michael Eric Dyson’s attempted take-down of Cornell West?

Jackson Lears reviews William Deresiewicz, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life.

Kevin Kruse discusses his new book One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

Abandoned settlements inside national parks

More on slavery and capitalism

Jim Sleeper on Fareed Zakaria on liberal arts

Attention graduate students in American history preparing reading lists for comps:  Seven good books on Reconstruction

Elizabeth Fenn wins the Pulitzer for Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People.

Mark David Hall reviews Matthew Stewart’s Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic

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