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Culture, Contention and Conflict:
October 11 and 12, 2002, Princeton University

Supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and hosted by the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies


Friday, October 11, 2002

4:00 p.m.: Public Symposium (Robertson, 016)

Gerald Graff, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of English
Michael Kammen, Cornell University, Department of History
Nell Painter, Princeton University, Department of History


Stanley N. Katz, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Saturday, October 12, 2002 (Working Meeting)

Introductions (9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.)

Panel 1: Public Controversies (9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.)

Amy Binder, University of Southern California, Department of Sociology

“Public School Curriculum Controversies: The Cases of Afrocentrism and Creationism in the Late 20th Century United States.”

Bethany Bryson, University of Virginia, Department of Sociology

“Common Culture: Conflict and the Meaning of Multiculturalism in English Literature”

Steven Tepper, Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies

“Culture, Conflict and Community: Rituals of Protest or Flairs of Competition”


Jennifer Hochschild, Harvard University, Department of Government


Arcadio Diaz-Quinones, Princeton University, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures

Panel 2: Public Opinion (11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Wayne Baker, University of Michigan, Business School

“North Star Falling: A Question of Values”

Paul DiMaggio, Princeton University, Department of Sociology

“Public Opinion and Political Vulnerability: Why Has the National Endowment for the Arts Been Such an Attractive Target”

Nancy DiTomaso, Rutgers Graduate School of Management

“Race, Ethnicity and God: Religious Conservatives and Racial Politics"

John Evans, University of California-San Diego, Department of Sociology

“Have Americans’ Attitudes Become More Polarized? – An Update”


Susan Herbst, Northwestern University, Department of Political Science


Larry McGill, Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies

Lunch (12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

Panel 3: Media Depictions (1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Sociology

“Mediating Cultural Conflicts: Newspapers’ role in focusing or diffusing the scope of conflict in the abortion debates in Germany and the U.S.”

Susan Olzak, Stanford University, Department of Sociology

“Right-Wing Violence and the Public Sphere in Germany: The Dynamics of Discursive Opportunities”

Brian Steensland, Indiana University, Department of Sociology

“Cultural Conflict through Policy Framing: The Case of Debates over Guaranteed Income Policy in the U.S., 1966-1980.”


Larry Bartels, Princeton University – Director, Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs


Tom Levin, Princeton University, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Group Discussion (3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

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