Calendar

January 21, 2020
the post-factual era?

January 23, 2020
anti-intellectualism in recent centuries
reading: Jacoby, Susan. 2018. The Age of American Unreason in a Culture of Lies. Vintage Books. Introduction and Chapter One.

January 28, 2020
anti-intellectualism and the Enlightenment, the usual view
reading: Wernick, Robert. 1997. “Declaring an Open Season on the Wisdom of the Ages.” Smithsonian 28(2):72-80.

January 30, 2020
anti-intellectualism and the Enlightenment, another view
reading: Ryrie, Alec. 2019. Pages 1-31 in Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt. Belknap Press.

February 4, 2020
anti-intellectualism in American history, populism
reading: Jacoby, Chapter Two.

February 6, 2020
candidate analysis due
populism
reading: Karp, Matt. 2019. “Is this the Future Liberals Want?” Jacobin 35:52-63.
and
Featherstone, Liza. 2019. “Is Bernie ‘Trumpian’?” Jacobin 35:139-41.

February 11, 2020
populism
reading: Goldberg, Jonah. 2018. “The Trumpian Era: The Perils of Populism.” Chapter Thirteen in The Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy. Crown Forum.

February 13, 2020
conspiracism
reading: Hofstadter, Richard. 1965. “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.” Chapter Three in The Paranoid Style in American Politics and Other Essays. Harvard University Press.

February 18, 2020
conspiracism
reading: Oliver, J. Eric and Thomas J. Wood. 2014. “Conspiracy Theories and the Paranoid Style(s) of Mass Opinion.” American Journal of Political Science 58(4):952-66.

February 20, 2020
conspiracism
reading: Aisch, Gregor, John Huang, and Cecilia Kang. 2016. “Dissecting the #PizzaGate Conspiracy Theories.” New York Times December 10.
and
Breland, Ali. 2019, “Why Are Right-Wing Conspiracies so Obsessed With Pedophilia?” Mother Jones July/August.

February 25, 2020
polarization
reading: Goldberg, Jonah. 2018. “Tribalism Today: Nationalism, Populism, and Identity Politics.” Chapter Ten in The Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy. Crown Forum.

February 27, 2020
polarization
reading: Jacoby, Chapter Five.
and
Gorman, Brandon and Charles Seguin. 2019. “What Conservatives Get Wrong About Cosmopolitans.” Washington Post July 27.

March 3, 2020
polarization
reading: Haidt, Jonathan and Tobias Rose-Stockwell. 2019. “The Dark Psychology of Social Networks: Why It Feels Like Everything Is Going Haywire.” The Atlantic December.

March 5, 2020
implausible conspiracy papers due
polarization
reading: Applebaum, Yoni. 2019. “How America Ends.” the Atlantic December.

March 10, 2020
hostility to academia from on and off campus
reading: French, David. 2019. “Courage Is the Cure for Political Correctness.” National Review August 20. 
and
Kreighbaum, Andrew. 2019. “Rising GOP Senator Takes Aim at Higher Ed and ‘Elites.'” Inside Higher Ed July 30.
and
Krieighbaum, Andrew. 2019. “Persistent Partisan Breakdown on Higher Ed.” Inside Higher Ed August 20.

March 12, 2020
hostility to academia from on and off campus
reading: Maroja, Luana. 2019. “Self-Censorship on Campus Is Bad for Science.” The Atlantic May 28.

March 17 & 19

spring break

March 24, 2020
the postmodernist attack on science and reason
reading:
NB: just skim this first one, because it was published as a hoax. It doesn’t make any sense. Sokal, Alan D. 1996. “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity.” Social Text 46/47:217-52.
and
READ CLOSELY: Latour, Bruno. 2004. “Why Has Critique Run out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern.” Critical Inquiry 30(2):25-48.

March 26, 2020
the postmodernist attack on science and reason
readiing: Butler, Ella. 2010. “God is in the Data: Epistemologies of Knowledge at the Creation Museum.” Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology 73(3):229-51.

March 31, 2020
the “grievance studies affair”
reading: Pluckrose, Helen, James A. Lindsay, and Peter Boghossion. 2018. “Academic Grievance Studies and the Corruption of Scholarship.” Areo October 2.

April 2, 2020
“junk thought”
reading: Jacoby, Chapter Nine.

April 7, 2020
counter culture, youth culture, celebrity culture
reading: Jacoby, Chapters Six and Seven

April 9, 2020
hoaxsters analysis due
the Texas State Board of Education attack on science and reason
reading: Jacoby, Chapter Eight

April 14, 2020
“fake news,” politicized science, and the challenge to expertise
reading: Dunning, David. 2014. “We are all Confident Idiots.” Pacific Standard October 27.

April 16, 2020
“fake news,” politicized science, and the challenge to expertise
reading: SKIM Plumer, Brad and Carol Davenport. 2019. “Science Under Attack: How Trump Is Sidelining Researchers and Their Work.” New York Times December 28.
and
SKIM Bowden, Mark. 2019. “Top Military Officers Unload on Trump.” The Atlantic November.
and
Nichols, Tom. 2017. “Experts and Democracy.” Conclusion in The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters. Oxford University Press.

April 21, 2020
“fake news,” politicized science, and the challenge to expertise
reading: Tierny, John. 2016. “The Real War on Science: The Left Has Done Far More Than the Right to Set Back Progress.” City Journal autumn.

April 23, 2020
the culture of distraction
reading: Jacoby, Chapter Ten

April 28, 2020
screening day: video pleas for the life of the mind

April 30, 2020
wrapping up
reading: Jacoby, Chapter Eleven and Conclusion

May 12, 2020
“one more thing” due via email at 11:00 a.m.