ERIC Number: EJ980287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Reference Count: 8
Conservatism and the Culture Wars: The View from the College Classroom
Manuel, Jeffrey T.
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v11 n4 p380-386 Oct 2012
What does it mean to engage deeply with conservatism in the classroom? Are classroom politics determined by a professor's personal political opinions or by course content? Historian Paul Lyons takes up these timely questions in his slim but intriguing book "American Conservatism: Thinking It, Teaching It." The book is divided in two parts. Part one contains Lyons's teaching log from a seminar on conservatism in the United States that he taught during spring semester 2006 at Stockton College, a private liberal arts college in New Jersey, USA. Part two is more traditional. It contains several essays in which Lyons analyzes US conservatism through the lens of American exceptionalism and intellectual history. Readers may feel some whiplash moving between the two parts of the book since the teaching log is informal and intimate while the essays are stuffier. Nonetheless, both halves have something to offer readers interested in the relationship between politics, teaching, and research.
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, College Instruction, Course Content, Intellectual History, Political Issues, Politics of Education, Books
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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