The Newberry Seminar in the History of Capitalism

Pullman Company Archives, 02-01-08, Box 15, Folder 33
Pullmans Palace Car Company New York Stock Certificate no. 16921, Pullman Company Archives, 02-01-08, Box 15, Folder 33

Seminar sessions are held on Fridays from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.

The Newberry Seminar in the History of Capitalism brings together scholars from a wide variety of subfields to share their works in progress on the history of capitalism in early America and the United States from the colonial era to the present. Potential topics include class relations, property forms, legal structures, cultural media, ideological currents, and social movements; networks and flows of capital and commodities; modes and mechanisms of production, market exchange, and credit and currency; the organizational and technological coordinates of agriculture, manufacturing, commerce, and finance; rural, regional, urban, and suburban development; public policy, partisan politics, and governmental regulation; patterns of economic growth, development, and crisis; and racial, religious, familial, sexual, environmental, and transnational dimensions of capitalist institutions and practices.

The History of Capitalism Seminar also hosts a book discussion group, which will meet to discuss recent publications in the history of capitalism.

To apply to present during the 2014-2015 academic year, see our Call for Proposals.

The seminar’s co-sponsors are the history departments of Northeastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Joshua Salzmann and Jeffrey Sklansky are the coordinators for the 2013-14 seminar.

To attend, please read our Registration Information. View flyer for the complete schedule in PDF form.

History of Capitalism Seminar

Friday, September 6, 2013
History of Capitalism Seminar
History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group : Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America

The History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group will meet three times this year to discuss recent publications in the history of capitalism. The first session will focus on Jonathan Levy’s Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America.

Friday, October 4, 2013
History of Capitalism Seminar
Lawrence Glickman, University of South Carolina

“Defining Free Enterprise”

Friday, November 15, 2013
History of Capitalism Seminar
Christine Rosen, University of California, Berkeley

“The Discovery of the New Industrial Pollution: Judges and the Evolution of American Pollution Beliefs, 1860-1880”

Friday, January 17, 2014
History of Capitalism Seminar
Noam Maggor, Tel-Aviv University

“Migrant Capital and State Formation in the Late-Nineteenth-Century Great West”

Friday, February 21, 2014
History of Capitalism Seminar
History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group : The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit

The History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group will meet three times this year to discuss recent publications in the history of capitalism. The second session will focus on Thomas J. Sugrue’s The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit.

Friday, March 21, 2014
History of Capitalism Seminar
Howard Brick, University of Michigan

“Peasant Studies Meets the World System: Culture, Political Economy, and New Views of Global Capitalism, 1945-1985”

Friday, April 25, 2014
History of Capitalism Seminar
History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group : The Crisis of Imprisonment: Protest, Politics, and the Making of the American Penal State, 1776–1941

The History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group will meet three times this year to discuss recent publications in the history of capitalism. The third session will focus on Rebecca M. McLennan’s The Crisis of Imprisonment: Protest, Politics, and the Making of the American Penal State, 1776–1941.