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Lecture series to examine impact of capitalism on world history

8:43 a.m., Feb. 12, 2016--The University of Delaware’s Center for Global and Area Studies has announced a lecture series for the spring semester, “Capitalism and Its Global Entanglements: Conflict, Cooperation and Domains of Violence.”

The lectures will be held from 12:20-1:10 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 17 through May 4, in Room 217 Gore Hall. They can be attended as a one-credit pass/fail course, ARSC300, Issues in Global Studies, which is a core course for the minor in global studies, and are also free and open to the public.

The series will examine capitalism as more than an economic doctrine and will explore its impact on world history as a concept that shaped cultural attitudes, social behavior, legal frameworks, aesthetic sensibilities and a range of political programs.

Lectures are scheduled as follows:

Feb. 17: Cathy Matson, professor of history, “Capitalism in the 18th Century Atlantic Economies: Merchants and Their Markets.”

Feb. 24: Farley Grubb, professor of economics, “The Rise and Fall of Transoceanic Indentured Servant Migration (contract labor) Around the Globe, 1600-1910.”

March 2: James Brophy, Francis H. Squire Professor of History and faculty director of the European Studies Program, “Karl Marx on the Virtues and Vices of Global Capitalism.”

March 9: Warren Breckman, University of Pennsylvania, Department of History, “Radical Thought and Activist Politics in the Neoliberal Age.”

March 16: Emily Davis, associate professor of English who also teaches in the African Studies and Islamic Studies programs, “Neoliberal Capitalism and the Production of Disposable People.”

March 23: Sheng Lu, assistant professor of fashion and apparel studies, “The Textile and Apparel Trades in the 21st Century Global Market: Is Capitalism a Solution or Threat?”

April 6: Yda Schreuder, professor emerita of geography, “A True Global Community: Amsterdam Sephardic Jewish Merchants in the Trans-Atlantic World in the 17th Century.”

April 11: Benjamin Tomak, doctoral candidate in history, “The Brenner Debate: Agrarian Class Structure and Economic Development in Pre-Industrial Europe.”

April 20: Carla Guerron-Montero, associate professor of anthropology and faculty director of the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program, “Disentangling Global Tourism in Latin America.”

April 27: Yuanchong Wang, assistant professor of history who also teaches in the Asian Studies Program, “Capitalizing an Empire: A Historical Perspective on China’s Recent Rise.”

May 4: Daniel Kinderman, assistant professor of political science and international relations who also teaches in the European Studies Program, “The Crises of Capitalism in Contemporary Europe.”

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