Author Talks

Hagley regularly arranges talks by authors of recent books that draw on or relate to Hagley research collections and that will be of interest to the general public. With topics ranging broadly in the areas of business, culture, and history, these author talks provide a captivating way to learn more about the stories contained in Hagley’s collections.

Author talks begin promptly at 7 p.m. and are held in Hagley’s Soda House building. The talk is followed by an opportunity for audience discussion and purchases of the author’s book. Light refreshments are provided. The event ends by 8:15 p.m.

Use Hagley's Buck Road East entrance off Route 100 in Wilmington, Delaware. RSVPs encouraged, walk-ins welcome. Please RSVP to Nicole Mahoney, 302-658-2400 ext. 208 or email

Upcoming Author Talks

2018 - 2019 Series

  • March 7, 2019: Hasia Diner. Julius Rosenwald: From Sears Executive to Passionate Philanthropist

    Julius Rosenwald (1862–1932) rose from modest means as the son of a peddler to meteoric wealth at the helm of Sears, Roebuck. Yet his most important legacy stands not upon his business acumen but on the pioneering changes he introduced to the practice of philanthropy.

  • May 9, 2019: Joshua Clark Davis. The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs: How the 1960s Changed Business

    From fair trade coffee and organic foods to “shop small” and “buy local” campaigns, the notion of ethical consumption has pervaded many aspects of our daily lives.  In this talk, historian Joshua Clark Davis will uncover the roots of these movements in the political and social activism of the 1960s and ’70s.

Past Author Talks

2018 - 2019 Series -- View Series PDF

2017 - 2018 Series -- View Series PDF

2016 - 2017 Series -- View Series PDF

2015 - 2016 Series -- View Series PDF

2014 - 2015 Series -- View Series PDF

2013 - 2014 Series -- View Series PDF