Research Seminars

For 30 years Hagley’s research seminars have featured innovative works-in-progress essays to generate wide-ranging discussions among an interested audience.

 Beginning in spring 2022 the seminars will move to an online format, meeting monthly on Zoom during the academic year from noon to 1:30 Eastern time. Seminars are open to the public and based on a paper that is circulated in advance. Copies may be obtained by registering for the seminar you wish to attend. Please email Carol Lockman at if you have any questions about the seminars.

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Upcoming Research Seminars

2022 - 2023 Series -- View Series PDF

  • February 22, 2023: Moeko Yamazaki, “Making the World on Time: The Vietnam War, Deregulation and the Birth of FedEx”

    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 following years.

  • April 5, 2023: Angus McLeod, “Schools and Economic Development in Antebellum Texas”

    Following Texas’ independence from Mexico, leaders of the Republic (and later State) of Texas used public schooling as a tool for attracting migrants and raising land values.

  • May 3, 2023: Brent Cebul, “Creating the Intern: Philanthropy, Universities, and the New Deal”

    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 simultaneous emergence of entrepreneurial, growth-oriented private universities and elite philanthropies concerned with fostering “realistic” and “impartial” administrators and managers.

Past Research Seminars

2014 - 2015 Series -- View Series PDF