Workshop in Technology, Society, and Culture
HISTORY WORKSHOP in Technology, Society and Culture brings together History
Department faculty and graduate students with scholars from across the discipline
for discussion of their research. Every Tuesday at 12:15, we gather in 203
Munroe for a brown-bag lunch and a talk that begins promptly at 12:30. The
final half- hour of the Workshop is devoted to discussion. The Workshop
has been a regular part of History Department life for thirty years now,
and provides singular opportunities for intellectual conversation and exchange
of ideas. In 2004, the Workshop marked the 50th Anniversary of the Hagley
Program with a series devoted to talks by Hagley alumni.
In recent years, audiences at History Workshop have heard from such
Mia Bay, Rutgers University
David H. Bell, Johns Hopkins University
Jane Caplan, Bryn Mawr College
Patricia Cline Cohen, University of California at Santa Barbara
Alice Conklin, Ohio State University
Jane Dailey, Johns Hopkins University
Nancy Hewitt, Rutgers University
Martha Hodes, New York University
James Oliver Horton, George Washington University
Lois E. Horton, George Mason University
David A. Hounshell, Carnegie Mellon University
Winston James, Columbia University
Michael Kazin, Georgetown University
Angela Lakwete, Auburn University
Stephen H. Long, Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University
Kathy Peiss, University of Pennsylvania
Noliwe Rooks, Princeton University
Robert Tignor and Jeremy Adelman, Princeton University
Barbara Dianne Savage, University of Pennsylvania
Clarence Walker, University of California at Davis
as well as scholars from University of Delaware faculty, students, and
As you arrange your semester’s schedule, plan to make History Workshop
a regular part of your Tuesday activities.
History Workshop Schedule
The Hagley Museum and Library welcomes Dr. Albert Churella, Southern Polytechnic State University, on November 15, to speak about the Pennsylvania Railroad. His lecture, "The Unique Railroad of the World: Why the Pennsylvania Railroad was Different from all of the Others,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Soda House auditorium. The lecture will mark publication of Dr. Churella’s book, The Pennsylvania Railroad, Volume 1: Building an Empire, 1846-1917. The lecture is free. Please use Hagley’s Buck Road entrance. Reservations are requested, 302-658-2400. “Albert Churella’s book is based on exhaustive research at Hagley and other libraries,” says Dr. Roger Horowitz, associate director at the Hagley’s Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society, “It is certain to become the authoritative history of the Pennsylvania Railroad.”
Dr. Albert J. Churella is associate professor in the Social and International Studies Department at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia. His first book, From Steam to Diesel: Managerial Customs and Organizational Capabilities in the Twentieth-Century American Locomotive Industry (1998) was a finalist for the George W. Hilton award in railway history. Churella is completing the first of a two-volume history of the Pennsylvania Railroad, with extensive treatment of the business, technological, labor, public policy, ethnic, and gender issues related to that company. He has also published numerous other articles and book reviews, and has presented papers at conferences in the United States and Europe.
The Pennsylvania Railroad, Volume 1: Building an Empire, 1846-1917 will be part of a multi-volume account from the University of Pennsylvania Press. The book opens with the development of the Main Line of Public Works in the 1820s that foreshadowed the establishment of the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1846. Churella then charts the railroad’s growth over the next fifty years through the Civil War, industrial expansion, and labor unrest, as well as competition with rival railroads and disputes with such figures as Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. The volume closes at the threshold of American involvement in World War I. Copies will be available for purchase at the lecture.
Recently Held Events
2011 Hagley Fellows Conference sponsored by the Hagley Fellows of the University of Delaware
On Saturday April 9, 2011, the Hagley Museum and Library hosted, “Disaster! A Conference on Disasters in History,” a conference sponsored by the Hagley Fellows of the University of Delaware.
The conference brings scholars and the public together to examine disasters of all kinds as a topic of research and as a contested historiographical field. Scholars will demonstrate the ways in which disasters have shaped societies, cultures and environments since 1700. Papers explore how disasters inform the histories of business, technology, consumption, the environment, work, and everyday life.
Michael Adas, Abraham E. Voorhees Professor of History and Board of Governors' Chair at Rutgers University, delivered the keynote address. A schedule of presenters and additional details are available at http://www.udel.edu/hagley/fellowsconference.
Visit the website at http://www.udel.edu/hagley/fellowsconference/hfc2011.html
Click here to download conference brochure
University of Delaware-Hagley Fellows UnConference
On October 5, 2012 the Hagley Graduate Fellows of the History Department at the University of Delaware invite members of the UD graduate student community to join together in an interdisciplinary "unconference" on the role of sensory perception in the human experience.
What is an unconference? The format for this even is an a free-floating, intereactive conversation circle, for the purpose of providing graduate students wi intellectual stimulation and scholarly networks across disciplines of the UD campus. There will be neither a rigid time frame nor any presenters. Rather, all the participants are expected to bring informal curiosity and an eagerness to explore new perspectives.
Visit the website at: http://www.udel.edu/hagley/fellowsconference/unconference
Conference Brochure coming soon!!
2013 Hagley Fellows Conference sponsored by the Hagley Fellows of the University of Delaware
The Hagley Graduate Program at the University of Delaware invites
scholars across disciplines to submit proposals for our biennial conference
to be held April 20, 2013. We seek submissions which consider the
historic role of sensory perception in the human experience—including
those that look beyond the Aristotelian conception of the five senses.
In the last few hundred years a wide range of technologies has
extended human sensory
the ways in which people
navigated and engaged
with the world. We imagine
a conversation that might
include but is not limited to the following questions: How have
societies constructed the meaning of various senses? How have our
sensory experiences been mediated by technology? How and why
have specific cultures prioritized certain senses over others? How have
human beings utilized animal sensory capabilities? What are the
ramifications of the truly novel sensory experience created by sonic
warfare, genetic mapping, mass advertising, or industrialized food
systems? In what ways does studying the senses clarify the historical
tension between epistemological and ontological perceptions?
The Hagley Fellows have been holding biennial conferences since 1989.
We welcome proposals by both established scholars and graduate
students. Financial assistance for travel may be available for conference
presenters. Please send a 300-word abstract and a one-page CV to the
Hagley Fellows at email@example.com by December 31, 2012.
Visit the website at http://www.udel.edu/hagley/fellowsconference/
Click here to download conference call for papers brochure
Hagley Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society Research Seminar series
September 22, 2011
Stuart (Bill) Leslie (Johns Hopkins University)
"Spaces for the Space Age: Southern California's Aerospace Modernism"
October 27, 2011
Thomas Heinrich (Baruch College)
"Industry and Sea Power: U.S. Warship Building in Comparative Perspective, 1940-1945"
December 8, 2011
Courtney Fullilove (Wesleyan University)
"Florida Water in Yokohama? Peddling American Proprietary Medicines in East Asia, 1865-1893"
February 16, 2012
Katherine Epstein (Rutgers University-Camden)
"The Nuts and Bolts of the Military-Industrial Complex: Standardization, Inspection, and Information Control in American Torpedo Production before World War I
March 15, 2012
Kelly Arehart (College of William and Mary)
"'Men of Sorrow': Science, Sympathy and the Creation of the Death-Care Professional, 1880-1930
April 19, 2012
Jamin Wells (University of Delaware)
"'Plenty of Glory but no Dividends': Marine Salvage and the Lore of the Shore in Late-Nineteenth Century America"
The Center's Research Seminar on the second Thursday night of the month during the academic year. The audience is drawn widely from Hagley's membership, scholars and researchers, students in the Mid-Atlantic area, and the general public. Papers are circulated in advance. An informal reception at 6 p.m. precedes the commentary and discussion at 6:30 p.m. The seminar is held in the Copeland Room, Hagley Library. To be placed on the mailing list to receive the papers (or paper), contact Carol Ressler Lockman, firstname.lastname@example.org.