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February 11, 2005

A Public Forum on U.S. “Culture Wars” in Context

Best-selling social critic Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter with Kansas?, and acclaimed columnist Katha Pollitt of The Nation magazine, are among the featured panelists at Contexts magazine’s “How Many Americas?: Culture Wars and U.S. Politics.” The forum takes place Thursday, February 24, at 6-8 PM, at New York University’s (NYU) Kimmel Center for University Life. Other panelists are sociologists Elijah Anderson, University of Pennsylvania, and Kimberly DaCosta, Harvard University African and African American Studies Department. NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg will moderate the session.

After a close and bitter presidential election, the dispute over culture wars is once again at the forefront of public debate. At this forum, public intellectuals will comment on the validity of the “culture wars” concept, which has been written about and disputed extensively by a broad range of public scholars.

The event commemorates the publication of the Winter 2005 issue of Contexts, a peer-reviewed magazine edited by James M. Jasper and NYU sociologist Jeff Goodwin and focused on bringing the fruits of scholarly sociology research to the general public. With editorial offices based at NYU, Contexts is published by the American Sociological Association in collaboration with the University of California Press. Contexts, an award-winning publication, was named the “The Best Sociology Journal of 2002” by the Association of American Publishers as well as “One of the Best New Magazines of 2002” by Library Journal.

WHAT: A public roundtable forum, “How Many Americas?: Culture Wars and U.S. Politics”

WHO: Thomas Frank, Katha Pollitt, Elijah Anderson, Kimberly DeCosta, and Eric Klinenberg

WHEN: Thursday, February 24, 6-8 PM

WHERE: New York University’s Kimmel Center for University Life, Room 914
60 Washington Square (Subway: South at LaGuardia Place)

RSVP: James Devitt (212-998-6808, at New York University through February 24. Or, contact Johanna Ebner (202-383-9005 x332, at the American Sociological Association by Wednesday, February 23.

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