This panel focuses on the aftermath of war and its effect on ideas in American society. My own paper is on Robert Oppenheimer, the "father of the atomic bomb," and focuses on his postwar writing on the proper uses and place of science in society. I am interested in Oppenheimer for his role both as an intellectual and as a public figure; therefore, and depending on the interests of the other participants, the panel could examine "intellectual life" from the perspective of intellectuals, popular culture, or a combination. My own interests lean toward 20th century American culture and politics, but I am very open to extending the panel either geographically or chronologically. I am particularly interested in receiving panel abstracts that have to do with areas of culture other than science.
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