The Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society organizes events designed to bring attention to Hagley’s research collections and the topics with which they engage. Our author talk series features recent original books that draw on Hagley materials and address topics of interest to a general audience. Research seminars invite audiences to read and offer thoughts on pre-circulated work in progress original historical essays, and intended for a cross-over audience of active scholars and the interested public. Conferences are organized in around a thematic call for papers and are comprised of academic presentations based on original research. Many conferences form the basis for edited volumes published in the University of Pennsylvania Press series, Hagley Perspectives on Business and Culture.
Upcoming History Hangouts
A virtual event produced by the Center for Business History featuring in-depth talks with staff and scholars about moments in U.S. history documented by collections at the Hagley Library.
Since World War II the old industrial cities of the northeast and Midwest USA have repeatedly sought to end periods of decline by seeking to renew their downtowns. Convention centers, sports stadiums, hospitals, and tourist-oriented investment have all been deployed in an effort to restore a tax base and reinvigorate urban areas. Just as repeatedly the efforts have failed to bring benefits to the residents of these cities, especially African Americans.
Upcoming Author Talks
Celebrate St. Patrick’s day by coming to Hagley’s March 9 Author Talk with Margaret Mulrooney on the occasion of the publication of the second edition her acclaimed book, Black Powder, White Lace: The Du Pont Irish and Cultural Identity in Nineteenth-Century America.
A Good Place to Do Business: The Politics of Downtown Renewal Since 1945 will be the topic of our May 11 author talk by historians Roger Biles and Mark Rose. Their book chronicles efforts to reinvigorate the downtowns of major American cities in order to reverse the process of urban decline. Commencing with Pittsburgh’s efforts, they explore how these urban “makeovers” promised to increase...
Upcoming Research Seminars
For more than twenty years Hagley’s research seminars have brought innovative work-in-progress essays for wide-ranging discussions on Thursday evenings during the academic year. Those planning to attend are encouraged to read the paper in advance as the author does not deliver a lecture. For papers, contact Carol Lockman at email@example.com or (302) 658-2400, ext. 243.
Federal Express, now known as FedEx, led the growth of the modern logistics industry by developing a system of flexible and efficient movement of items. In the years immediately following its first operation in 1973, the company invested in a vigorous political campaign to deregulate the air cargo industry, and its success in 1977 played a decisive role in the dramatic corporate growth in the...
Proximity to power, access to professional networks, and acquisition of insider knowledge has come to define the “intangible things” unpaid internships claim to offer students—whether in the public service or in proliferating private internship programs. This paper locates the origins of the modern, private white-collar internship in the growth of the New Deal administrative state and the...