Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New Initiative in History of Capitalism at Cornell

Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) has created a History of Capitalism Initiative, a coordinated program to examine this subject through a variety of projects. According to the Initiative website, the coordinators
seek to understand the many dimensions of American capitalism, setting the stories of corporate titans and failed entrepreneurs, industrial workers and newly arrived immigrants, in a global framework that arcs from slave plantations to the transnational corporations of today. Our project is to draw together the disparate fields of history—including the study of work, labor, politics, culture, gender, race, environment, the state, and economics—into a rich discussion about the development of capitalism.
    The program so far includes an annual conference, the history of capitalism "Summer Camp," and a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), "American Capitalism: A History," taught by Edward Baptist and Louis Hyman. Guiding faculty are Baptist, Hyman, and Jefferson Cowie. Please see the Initiative website for more details.  
    The Cornell program joins a number of other organized efforts that focus on the history of capitalism—for example at the University of Georgia, Harvard University, the New School, Columbia University, Wake Forest University, and Stanford University.