Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Remembering Dallett Hemphill

A map of great road trips in American literature

The future of evangelicalism

A William F, Buckley revival?

Museums on Route 66

Burstein and Isenberg on the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

Andrew Shocket reviews Thomas Slaughter’s Independence: The Tangled Roots of the American Revolution

The triumph of consumerism

David Hollinger reconsiders Perry Miller

Tim Lacy reflects on Hollinger’s Postethnic America

Should you be a wife or a career woman?

SHEAR 2015 recap

The Search for Piety and Obedience blog closes up shop

A theology of the streets

A Northwestern professor of bioethics and medical humanities on the Planned Parenthood abortion video

Vote for a new look at The Pietist Schoolman

Forum on the future of evangelicalism

What did you accomplish this summer?


2 thoughts on “Sunday Night Odds and Ends

  1. Tim Lacy reflects on Hollinger's Postethnic America

    Invoking the spirit of Raymond Williams, Brennan reminds us that the terms ‘intellectual’ and ‘cosmopolitan’ were nearly equivalent in this period of thoughtful anti-provincialism and reflection on America’s multitudes.[1] Those intellectuals included Horace Kallen, John Dewey, Jane Addams, Louis Brandeis, and Randolph Bourne.
    That group held forth an intellectual diversity in relation to cosmopolitanism. Kallen’s “cultural pluralism” placed him, according to Hollinger, at the “protoseparatist extreme of cultural pluralism” even while “his celebration of group differences appealed to [those]…opposed to forced assimilation.” Kallen roughly fit into Hollinger’s cosmopolitan schema, which included pluralists at one end of a continuum (my insertion) that excluded extreme multiculturalism. At the other end was an individualist, voluntary affiliation-oriented cosmopolitanism “suspicious…[of] conformist pressures within communities celebrated by pluralists.” This latter group, while still willing to “engage human diversity,” also had an affinity for universalist arguments about common grounds, as well as shared interests and ideals. Hollinger’s distinctions between universalists, pluralists, and cosmopolitans will loom larger as the twentieth century moves along.

    Exactly, John. I'm sure you couldn't have put it better yourself.

    Cheers to you too, Tim. You continue to astonish.


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