Author Talk — Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff
How do you tell a visionary from a cheat or a con man? In the United States, entrepreneurial freedom has often made it difficult to distinguish salesmanship from deceit, inviting boosters, sharp dealers, and outright swindlers.
At the same time, the need to compete has often nudged respectable firms to embrace deception. As a result, fraud has been a key feature of American business since its beginnings. In a talk spanning two centuries, Edward Balleisen will trace the history of fraud in America—and the evolving efforts to combat it—from the age of P. T. Barnum through the eras of Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff.
Edward J. Balleisen is associate professor of history and public policy and vice provost for interdisciplinary studies at Duke University.
Author talks take place in the Hagley Soda House Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m. RSVPs encouraged, walk-ins welcome. Please RSVP to Carol Lockman, email@example.com, or 302-658-2400, ext. 243.
Hagley's Golden Pheasants Game Dinner features five courses of specialty game food paired with wine selected and described by Alain Blanchon.
Adam Rome, University at Buffalo, will discuss his paper "DuPont and the Limits of Corporate Environmentalism."
Francesca Russello Ammon explores how postwar America came to equate destruction with progress.
Kendra Smith-Howard, University at Albany, will discuss her paper "The Messy Work of Cleaning Up: Economy, Policy, and the Disposable Diaper, 1936–1996."
Part science fair, part community fair, and part something entirely new. Maker Fest is an all-ages gathering to invigorate the Maker spirit in everyone!