Power and Responses to Power (1988-1990)

Oct 1973: Senior citizens' march to protest inflation, unemployment, and high taxes

During the academic years 1988/89 and 1989/90, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies focused on the problem of power and responses to power.

Topics Included:

  • Mercy and power
  • Wealth and political power
  • Sovereignity and legitimacy
  • Literature and power
  • Prophecy, authority, and protest
  • Violence and force
  • Race relations
  • Deference
  • Religious power
  • State formation
  • Memory and popular culture
  • Deterrance and nuclear war
  • The family
  • Publicity
  • Criticism of power
  • Women
  • The masses
  • Limits on power

Davis Center Fellows


  • Susan Amussen, Connecticut College
  • Donna Merwick, University of Melbourne
  • Rudrangshu Mukherjee, University of Calcutta
  • Angelo Torre, University of Turin


  • Eric Davis, Rutgers University
  • Anthony C. Howe, London School of Economics
  • Jackson Lears, Rutgers University
  • Christian Jouhaud, Ecole des Hautes de Etudes en Sciences Sociales
  • Thomas P. Slaughter, Rutgers University
  • Margaret R. Somers, University of Michigan