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October 2019

Colin Gordon, “Citizen Brown: Race, Democracy, and Inequality in the St. Louis Suburbs”

October 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
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As part of the The Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy‘s “The Political Economy of Racial Inequality” Fall Quarter speaker series, Colin Gordon (History, University of Iowa) will present “Citizen Brown: Race, Democracy, and Inequality in the St. Louis Suburbs.” Gordon is an historian of US public policy, political economy, and urban history. He is the author of Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City (2008), Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health in Twentieth…

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Nelson Lichtenstein, “A Fabulous Failure: Bill Clinton, American Capitalism, and the Origin of Our Troubled Times”

October 15, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Road
Isla Vista, CA 93117 United States
Professor Lichtenstein in his library

As part of the The Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy’s “The Political Economy of Racial Inequality” Fall Quarter speaker series, Nelson Lichtenstein (History, UC Santa Barbara) will present “A Fabulous Failure: Bill Clinton, American Capitalism, and the Origin of Our Troubled Times.” Lichtenstein is the Academic Senate’s 2019 Faculty Research Lecturer. He is the author of Walter Geuther: The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit (1996), The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business (2009),…

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Bernhard Rieger, “Making Society Work Again: Workfare in Transnational Context since the 1960s””

October 25, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
HSSB 4041, University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
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As part of the The Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy‘s “The Political Economy of Racial Inequality” Fall Quarter speaker series, Bernhard Rieger (History, University of Leiden) will present “Making Society Work Again: Workfare in Transnational Context since the 1960s”.” Rieger’s research examines European history within a comparative and transnational framework. His publications include Technology and the Culture of Modernity in Britain and Germany, 1890-1945 (2009) and The People’s Car: A Global History of the Volkswagen Beetle (2013).

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Barbara Walker, “Fathers and Sons and the Origins of Cold War ‘Area Studies’ in the United States”

October 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
HSSB 4080, 4080 Humanities and Social Sciences Building, UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
flyer for Barbara Walker, "Fathers and Sons and the Origins of Cold War ‘Area Studies’ in the United States"

Barbara Walker is Professor of Russian history at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has published on a broad range of historical topics in the area of Russian and Soviet intellectual life and its economic foundations, social organization and culture. More recently, she has branched out to explore the nature of expertise, specifically “information expertise,” in her current book project, A War of Experts: Soviet and American Knowledge Networks in Cold War Competition and Collaboration. Her book will present the…

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November 2019

Eric Rauchway, “A New Deal Voting Rights Case: A Strategy of the Roosevelt Justice Department, 1939-1941”

November 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
HSSB 4041, University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
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As part of the The Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy‘s “The Political Economy of Racial Inequality” Fall Quarter speaker series, Eric Rauchway (History, University of California Davis) will present “A New Deal Voting Rights Case: A Strategy of the Roosevelt Justice Department, 1939-1941.” Rauchway is the author of Murdering McKinley: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt’s America (2003), The Money Makers: How Roosevelt and Keynes Ended the Depression, Defeated Fascism, and Secured a Prosperous Peace (2015), and Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and…

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David Stein, “Containing Keynesianism in an Age of Civil Rights: Jim Crow Monetary Policy and the Struggle for Guaranteed Jobs, 1956-1979”

November 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
HSSB 4041, University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
David Stein headshot with stone wall in background

As part of the The Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy‘s “The Political Economy of Racial Inequality” Fall Quarter speaker series, David Stein (African American Studies, University of California Los Angeles) will present “Containing Keynesianism in an Age of Civil Rights: Jim Crow Monetary Policy and the Struggle for Guaranteed Jobs, 1956-1979.” A UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Stein is the author of the forthcoming book Fearing Inflation, Inflating Fears: The Civil Rights Struggle for Full Employment and the…

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Lisa Jacobson, “A Taste of Success: Whiskey Drinking, Masculine Identities, and the Sensory Imagination in the Postwar US”

November 22, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
HSSB 4020, University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Join the Gender and Sexualities Research Cluster for a paper workshop on Lisa Jacobson‘s “A Taste of Success: Whiskey Drinking, Masculine Identities, and the Sensory Imagination in the Postwar US.” The event will take place in HSSB 4020 on November 22 at 3:00. To obtain the paper in advance, email Jarett Henderson at jhenderson@history.ucsb.edu. Please note that this event was originally scheduled for an earlier date, so you may have seen posters with an incorrect date and time.

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February 2020

Jennifer Burns, “The Last Conservative: The Life of Milton Friedman”

February 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
HSSB 4041, University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

As part of the The Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy‘s Winter Quarter speaker series, Jennifer Burns (History, Stanford University) will present “The Last Conservative: The Life of Milton Friedman.” Professor Burns is the author of Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right (2009), and is now at work on a biography of economist Milton Friedman. She publishes articles and interventions on conservatism, libertarianism, and liberalism in academic journals as well as The New York…

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Ronny Regev, “‘We Want No More Economic Islands’: The Mobilization of the Black Consumer Market in the Postwar US”

February 14 @ 1:00 pm
HSSB 4041, University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

On February 14 Ronny Regev (History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem) presents, “‘We Want No More Economic Islands’: The Mobilization of the Black Consumer Market in the Postwar US.” WWII ushered in an era of economic growth in the United States, which enshrined consumption as an integral part of liberal citizenship. African Americans were often excluded from the benefits of this “affluent society,” due to the prevalence of segregation and discrimination in the name of white supremacy. Still, throughout the 1940s…

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