Discussions of the late twentieth century culture wars in the United States tend to default to stark dichotomies: liberal, educated elites in cosmopolitan areas are presented in contrast to conservative populists in rural America. While useful as a way of framing the broad contours of this political and cultural divide, this characterization obscures the diversity present on each side of the debate. The papers on this panel seek to interrogate this complexity by exploring three cases of “illiberal liberals”: individuals and groups whose progressive values contained decidedly conservative impulses.
Join a diverse group of scholars in discussion! Panelists include Chris Babits (Utah State University), David Mislin (Temple University), Lora D. Burnett (Collin College), Augusta Dell'Omo (The University of Texas at Austin), and Benjamin L. Alpers (University of Oklahoma).