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

  • January 1, 2024: Brent Cebul, “Creating the Intern: Philanthropy, Universities, and the New Deal”

    This seminar is postponed until the 2023-2024 series.

    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