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.

Seminars are open to the public and 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 at Seminars begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and take place in the Copeland Room of Hagley’s library building.

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Upcoming Research Seminars

2019 - 2020 Series -- View Series PDF

  • April 23, 2020: Karen Mahar, "The Right Kind of Man”: Masculinity, Identity, and the American Business Executive in the Early Twentieth Century

    In the decades after 1890, as large corporations run by salaried managers became a distinguishing feature of economic life, the term “business executive” joined the American lexicon. But even inside business circles it was unclear how to define “business executive” as an occupational category or what traits predicted an executive’s success. This paper examines efforts to define the new American business executive within business literature and popular discourse between 1890 and 1920. It argues that the slipperiness of the term reflected the weight it carried both as a real job and as a symbol of the new corporate order. It identifies multiple strands of masculinized identity associated with the idealized executive (engineering expertise, elite power, and shop floor fluency), and suggests that the emergence of this category during the height of the eugenics movement encouraged linking business leadership with white hypermasculinity.

  • May 21, 2020: Danya Pilgrim, Modest Dreams & Grand Ambitions: African American Caterers at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

    Location: Copeland Room, Hagley Library.

    Time: 6:30pm.


Past Research Seminars

2014 - 2015 Series -- View Series PDF