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.

2016-2017 Schedule

October 6, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.: Lee Vinsel (Stevens Institute of Technology)
"The Rise and Fall of the First American Auto Safety Network, 1919–1940."

November 3, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.: Joseph Malherek (Library of Congress)
"Does Motivation Matter? Ernest Dichter, Alfred Politz, and the Debate Over Consumer Psychology in Cold War America"

December 8, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.: Amanda Casper (University of Delaware)
"’New Business from Old Houses: Promoting Electricity through Home Alteration in Progressive Era Philadelphia"

February 16, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.: Tyler Anbinder (George Washington University) and Simone Wegge (College of Staten Island)
"New York’s Famine Irish Immigrants: Savings, Economic Mobility, and Networks"

April 20, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.: Jenifer Van Vleck (Yale University)
"Building the World: Morrison-Knudsen and the Business of Modernization"

May 18, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.: Jeannette Estruth (New York University)
"Silicon Valley Conservation: Redefining Environmental and Labor Politics, 1970-1995"

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, clockman@Hagley.org. The seminar begins promptly at 6:30, and takes place in the Copeland Room of Hagley’s library building.

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