Research Seminar: The Transformation of the Cold War U.S. Military
Facing a military of unprecedented size and scope after World War II, leaders in the U.S. Department of Defense recruited managers from private industry to help them run the Cold War national security state. Attendees are encouraged to read Murphy's paper, “Business Management Expertise in the Cold War U.S. Military” which may be obtained by contacting Carol Lockman at email@example.com.
Seminars are free and open to the public. R.S.V.P.'s are requested, call (302) 658-2400, ext. 243, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A.J. Murphy is a Ph.D. candidate in History at Columbia University specializing in twentieth-century U.S. cultural history. Murphy's current research is in the history of management thought, focusing on the rise of the corporate culture idiom in theories of workplace organization. Murphy is the 2018–2019 Jefferson Scholars-Hagley Library Fellow in Business and Politics.
In July of 1969, the first men landed on the moon. But did you know the suits that made those first steps possible were created here in Delaware? In “Apollo Spacesuits: History, Technology, and Culture”, Dr. Lantry will discuss space suits’ link to Delaware’s industrial heritage as well as their connection to artifact study and cultural/technological history.
POLICING FAKES: EARLY TRADEMARK REGULATION IN THE U.S. - This paper examines the problem of counterfeit goods in the antebellum years.
THE SYNTHETICS REVOLUTION AND THE SENSES
This paper examines the synthetics revolution in fashion and fibers within the context of the new field of the history of the senses. The story of the synthetics revolution—the introduction of man-made and test-tube fibers into the textile-fashion supply chain—has most often been told as the story of heroic inventors or the story of the judicious management investment in R&D. In reality, DuPont and other fiber makers of the mid to late twentieth century were also innovative marketers who invested heavily in product development, advertising, motivational research, and promotion. Those efforts, in turn, attempted to tap into and capitalize on the hopes, desires, and concerns of consumers on matters of comfort and convenience.