UNI to host lecture on the culture wars of the sixties

Posted on Monday, January 25th, 2016

Jerome Soneson, department head and associate professor, Department of Philosophy and World Religions, 319-273-6221,

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Andrew Hartman will conduct a lecture on “The Culture Wars: The New Left and the Rise of the Neoconservatives in America” on Friday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. in Seerley Hall, Room 115, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

In his talk, Hartman will cover the radical political mobilizations of the 1960s and the destabilization of normative America by the emergence of the New Left, which in turn led to the rise of a group of reactionaries who came to be called ‘neoconservatives.’ That struggle between New Leftists and neoconservatives is what Hartman refers to as the dialectic of sixties cultural revolution.

Hartman is currently an associate professor of history at Illinois State University. He is also the author of two books: “Education and the Cold War: The Battle for the American School,” and “A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars.” Hartman was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark for the 2013-14 academic year and is currently a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians (OAH). He is one of the original bloggers for the award-winning US Intellectual History Blog, and he is also the founding president of the Society for US Intellectual History.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Jerome Soneson, department head and associate professor for the UNI Department of Philosophy and World Religions, at 319-273-6221 or