CFP Conference Panel: Making Culture With/Out Uncle Sam: Public-Private Patronage in the 1960s

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Historians of the Twentieth Century United States Annual Conference,

Madingley Hall, University of Cambridge, England, 13-15 June 2018

The 1960s saw the founding of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the expansion and transformation of philanthropic spending priorities in the cultural arena, and also the exposure of covert CIA funding for a range of Cold War cultural projects, all against the backdrop of this contentious decade. This panel aims to bring together scholars working on United States cultural policy, cultural philanthropy, or the intersections between the two in the 1960s, particularly those exploring conflict or consensus during this period. Papers might explore a range of topics related, but not limited to:

  • Federal cultural programmes and agencies
  • Philanthrop or philanthropic funding in the cultural sphere
  • The creation, implementation, and impact, of cultural policymaking at a state or local levels 
  • Cultural policy and protest or lack thereof 
  • Philanthropy and government cultural cooperation or conflict
  • How artists or academics experienced cultural policy or patronage
  • Cultural fundin or policy or exchange either at home or abroad 

Interested individuals should submit a brief paper description (200-300 words) and a brief CV (no more than two pages) to Amanda Niedfeldt ( and Karen Patricia Heath ( by 15 December 2017. 

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Amanda Niedfeldt

University of Minnesota


Karen Patricia Heath

University of Oxford

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