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2012

"Hanging Bankrupts: The Early History of Credit, Crime, and Capitalism"

Dr. Julie Hardwick, University of Texas--Austin
September 20, 2012
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Dr. Hardwick-author of Family Business: Litigation and the Political Economies of Daily Life in Early Modern France-explores how bankruptcy in France in the late 1500s became a capital
crime, a felony punishable by death. With these legislative actions, governments sought to manage the novelty of the rapid expansion of credit. The security of the rights of creditors was essential to transformation of the economy we know today as capitalism, but the changes inherent in thatdevelopment were also sources of great anxiety about the potential destabilization expanded credit posed to communities. Legal investigations into possible cases of bankruptcy revealed how men's and women's expanded use of credit presented commercial opportunity, financial peril and possibly legal jeopardy for spouses, families and communities.

2011

"Awaiting the Sirens' Call: American Encounters with Disaster Planning from Hiroshima to 9/11"

Dr. David F. Krugler, University of Wisconsin--Platteville
September 15, 2011
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Dr. David F. Krugler, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin--Platteville and an instructor in the Master of American History and Government degree program at Ashland University in Ohio, received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1997. A historian of the modern United States, his research interests include Cold War propaganda, civil defense and continuity of government, and race relations. Krugler is the author of The Voice of America and the Domestic Propaganda Battles, 1945-1953 (University of Missouri Press, 2000) and This Is Only a Test: How Washington, D.C., Prepared for Nuclear War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). Currently he is finishing a book entitled, The Long 1919: African Americans' Fight Against Mob Violence after World War I. He is the past recipient of research grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Organization of American Historians, and the White House Historical Association. In Spring 2011, he was a fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2010 (Fall)

"Belfast Boys: Uniting a Divided City During World War I"

Dr. Richard Grason, University of London
October 21, 2010

Dr. Richard Grayson is an expert in history and politics of the twentieth century with a particular interest in Ireland and the First World War. He is the author of Belfast Boys: How Unionists and Nationalists Fought and Died Together in the First World War (Continuum 2009); Liberals, International Relations and Appeasement: the Liberal Party, 1919-39 (London: Frank Cass, 2001); and Austen Chamberlain and the Commitment to Europe: British Foreign Policy, 1924-29 (London: Frank Cass, 1997). Professor Grayson is also the co-editor of the journal Irish Political Studies and is developing a number of other projects related to Britain, Ireland and the First World War. Professor Richard Grayson teaches at Goldsmiths College at the University of London.

2010 (Spring)

"Honey, I'm Going to See a Magistrate: Rethinking Women and Political Action in the 19th-Century South"

Dr. Laura Edwards, Duke University
March 18, 2010

Dr. Laura Edwards, author of The People and Their Peace: Legal Culture and the Transformation of Inequality in the Post-Revolutionary South (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). She is the recipient of the 2009 American Historical Association's prize for the best book on law and society.

2009

"The Confederate Battle Flag: The History and Meanings of a Controversial Symbol"

Dr. John M. Coski, Museum of the Confederacy
March 19, 2009

Dr. John M. Coski is an historian and Director of Library and Research at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia. His most recent book is The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem (Harvard University Press, 2005). He is also the co-editor and principal writer for The Museum of the Confederacy Magazine and The Museum of the Confederacy Newsletter.

2008

"The First Enroln: The Death of Ivar Kreuger and Origins of White-Collar Crime"

Dr. Christopher McKenna,Saïd School of Business, Oxford University
March 4, 2008

Dr. Christopher McKenna is Professor of Business History at the Saïd School of Business, Oxford University, and author of The World's Newest Profession.

2007

"The Civil Rights Movement: Personal Reflections from the Front Lines"

Dr. Paul Von Blum, University of California--Los Angeles
February 22, 2007

Dr. Paul Von Blum, Senior Lecturer in African American Studies, Communication Studies, and Art History at the University of California--Los Angeles, and author of Resistance, Dignity, and Pride: African American Artists in Los Angeles.

2006

"Lessons of the Iraq War"

Dr. Andrew J. Bacevich, Boston University
March 16, 2006

Dr. Andrew J. Bacevich, Professor of International Relations at Boston University, and author of American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy and The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced By War.