Righting the Record: Conservatism and the Archives

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Righting the Record || Radcliffe Institute

A Schlesinger Library Event

Over the past half-century, grassroots activists and organizations both left and right have focused on women’s roles, family values, homosexuality, and reproductive policy, transforming modern American life. Yet the collections of major public repositories, especially those housed at universities, tend to document only one side of this complicated history: the left side. The Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study hosted a conversation among scholars, intellectuals, and activists to explore the consequences of the current situation and examine possible solutions. “Righting the Record” is part of the library’s multifaceted approach to enhancing the diversity of the documentary record, to ensure that students, researchers, and scholars can write more complete and balanced histories of our times. 

Introduced by Jane Kamensky, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America and Professor of History, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Moderated by Ross Douthat, op-ed columnist, New York Times

Donald Critchlow, professor of history and director of the Center for Political Thought and Leadership, Arizona State University

Jennifer A. Marshall, vice president, Heritage Foundation

Michelle Nickerson, associate professor of history, Loyola University Chicago

Charmaine Yoest, senior fellow, American Values