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Conference Program: Business History at the Urban History Association Meeting

The Business History Conference, through the work of its Liaison Committee, is sponsoring two sessions at the upcoming meeting of the Urban History Association (UHA), to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on October 9-12, 2014. Writing for the committee, Alexia Yates stated, “Many of our members are also affiliated with the UHA, and we enjoy several areas of shared research interest. We hope this collaboration helps further engage members of both associations.”  The two panels are:

Friday, October 10th, 8:30-10a.m.
Session 8: Food, Consumption, and Urban Placemaking
Andrew Case, Michigan State University
“Consuming the Countryside: The Rodale Press and the Tastes of Pennsylvania Dutch Country”
Meredith TenHoor, Pratt Institute
“Food and Gentrification in New York and Paris, circa 1970”
Stephen Nepa, Temple University
“Solving the ‘Rapid Transit Luncheon Problem’: The Horn and Hardart Company and the Automation of Dining Out in Philadelphia”
Dylan Gottlieb, Princeton University
“'Dirty, Authentic . . . Delicious': Yelp, Mexican Restaurants, and the Rise of Philadelphia’s Creative Class”
Chair and Commentator: Domenic Vitiello, University of Pennsylvania
Sunday, October 12, 8:30-10a.m.
Session 92: New Perspectives on Business and the City
Daniel Amsterdam, Georgia Institute of Technology
“The Business of Civic Welfare: Using Cities to Reconsider Corporate Social Politics in the Early Twentieth Century”
Brent Cebul, University of Virginia
“'Our responsibility to the city and the people of Cleveland': Business Producerism and Municipal Default in 1970s Cleveland, Ohio”
Lily Geismer, Claremont McKenna College
“'The Perfect Model for the 1990s': Chicago’s Shorebank Corporation, Microfinancing and Liberal Market-Oriented Solutions to Urban Inequality Following the War on Poverty”
Chair and Commentator: Julia Ott, The New School for Social Research
The full program is available here, and more information about the conference can be found on the UHA meeting website.

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