"Pragmatism, the "Public" and the Press: Walter Lippmann, the Interchurch World Movement, and the 1919-1920 Steel Strike

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Event Location: 
Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
111 Church St.
Iowa City, IA 52242

Frank Durham's essay examines Walter Lippmann’s sociological analysis of the Interchurch World Movement (the “Interchurch,”), a short-lived, but prominent, Progressive ecumenical organization that investigated the Great Steel Strike from 1919-1920.  Of particular interest to Lippmann, and thus to this study, was the Interchurch’s Progressive, social science-based study of the Pittsburgh press's anti-labor and anti-Bolshevist coverage of the strike. The goal of this essay is to understand Lippmann’s philosophical premises, theoretical assumptions, and related limitations in his analysis of the Interchurch’s role in democratizing journalism in the post-war era. This paper is the organizing piece of a larger project on the same topic.

A light lunch will be provided.  If you plan to attend please RSVP to erin-hackathorn@uiowa.edu by 8:00am on Monday, February 23.