Steven Conn is the W. E. Smith Professor of History at Miami University of Ohio. Previously he was a member of the history department at Ohio State University. He teaches intellectual, cultural, urban, and public history. He is also the founding editor of the monthly online magazine, Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective. He is the author of five monographs, including Americans against the City: Anti-urbanism in the Twentieth Century (2014) and Do Museums Still Need Objects? (2010), and the editor of To Promote the General Welfare: The Case for Big Government (2012) and Building the Nation: Americans Write about Their Architecture, Their Cities, and Their Landscape (2003). His most recent book (2019) tracks how business schools have consistently failed to live up to their promises to train a professional class of businessmen. Titled Nothing Succeeds Like Failure: The Sad History of American Business Schools, the book has already stirred a fair amount of controversy. Conn has taught and lectured on four continents.
The election of 2016 laid bare a deep split in the United States between urban and rural. This lecture puts that split in historical perspective.