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The Intellectual History Group (IHG) is an informal, interdisciplinary working group for faculty, staff, and graduate students interested in intellectual history and the history of ideas. Our aim is to investigate the various methods, themes, and theories connected to these fields as well as their relevance to different disciplines. Participants in the group come from a wide variety of disciplines, including history, philosophy, literature, history of science, political science, anthropology, and education policy studies. We meet approximately once a month and discuss a work that speaks to the concerns of intellectual history broadly conceived.  

Each meeting takes one of several forms. The group functions as both a colloquium to workshop the works of members, and a reading group to explore recent trends in fields relevant to intellectual history. We also work to bring scholars from across the country to speak to the IHG.

Unless noted otherwise, the IHG meets in the University Club, located next the George L. Mosse Humanities Building. Dates, times, and room numbers for each meeting are listed on our schedule.

If you would like to be added to our listserv and receive updates on events and meetings, contact Jennifer Stitt.



    October 4 (Room 212)

    Time: 4:30-6:00pm

    Readings: Yoav Fromer, "The Liberal Origins of John Updike's Literary Imagination," Modern Intellectual History (February 2016)
    John Updike, "How to Love America and Leave It at the Same Time" (1972)
    John Updike, "A&P" (1961).

    October 18 (Room 212)

    Time: 4:30-6:00pm

    Featuring: A writing workshop with Sam Haselby, Editor, Aeon: A Magazine of Ideas, and author of The Origins of American Religious Nationalism (Oxford, 2015).

    Readings: Sam Haselby, "American Secular," Aeon (26 May 2016).

    November 15 (Room 212)

    Time: 4:30-6:00pm

    Featuring: A roundtable with Richard H. King, The University of Nottingham, and author of Arendt and America (Chicago, 2015).

    Readings: Selections from Richard H. King, Arendt and America (2015).

    December 6 (Room 212)

    Time: 4:30-6:00pm

    Readings: TBA.