Research Seminars

Research Seminars

For twenty years Hagley’s research seminars have brought innovative works-in-progress essays for wide-ranging discussions on Thursday evenings during the academic year.

2015-2016 Schedule

September 17 – 6:30 p.m. : Bryant Simon (Temple University)
“The Hamlet Imperial Food Products Fire: Business Relocation, Tragedy, and the Geography of Silence in Post-New Deal America.”

November 19 – 6:30 p.m. : Rachel Gross, (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
“Miracle Materials: Synthetic Fibers and the Construction of Comfort in Outdoor Recreation.”

December 10 – 6:30 p.m. : Benjamin R. Cohen (Lafayette College)
"The First Food Police: Controlling Homes and Bodies in the Gilded Age.”

February 18 – 6:30 p.m. : Rebecca Kobrin (Columbia University)
"A Credit to the Nation: Jewish Immigrants, the World of Immigrant Banking and American Finance, 1873-1914."

April 14 – 6:30 p.m. : Philip Scranton (Rutgers University) and Patrick Fridenson (EHESS)
“This Grave New World: Global Postwar Transformations in Business Practices.”

May 19 – 6:30 p.m. : Jonathan Free (Duke University)
“Capitalizing on Crisis: Environmental Regulation, Coal Power, and Workers Power, 1970-74.”


The seminar is open to the public and is based on a paper that is circulated in advance. Those planning to attend are encouraged to read the paper before coming to the seminar. Copies may be obtained by emailing Carol Lockman, The seminar begins promptly at 6:30, and takes place in the Copeland Room of Hagley’s library building.

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