Academic Year 2015-2016

All seminars are held at 4:00 in Tribble B-116

September 17

“‘Parliamentary Absolutism’ or ‘Command Democracy’ or “Leader Democracy’ in Weimar Germany: What Does ‘Democracy’ Mean?”  Michael Hughes, Professor of History, Wake Forest University.

November 5 (pdf version)     Word Version

“Gathering Medicines in the Mountains of China: Love of Plants and Place.”  Judith Farquhar, Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago.

December 2 [Wednesday: note different day]

“The Politics of Health at the Early Medici Court.” Sharon Strocchia, Professor of History, Emory University.


January 21

Politics and Culture. Detailed title to follow.  Bill Schwarz, Professor of Cultural Studies, Queen Mary University of London.

February 25

Race and Art in 1920s America. Detailed title to follow shortly. Martin Berger, Professor of Art, University of California, Santa Cruz.

March 28

“Max Weber on Rationalization, Disenchantment, and Charisma.” Julian Young, Kenan Professor of Humanities, Wake Forest University.

Academic Year 2014-2015

September 18
“Preemptive Emotion Work among Families of Seriously Ill Children.” Amanda Gengler, Department of Sociology, Wake Forest University.

October 30
“Immigrants and Other Foreigners in the United States: A History of Immigration and Citizenship Law.” Kanul Parker, University of Miami School of Law.

November 20
“Buying Gay: Physique Magazines, Censorship, and the Rise of the Gay Movement.” David Johnson, History Department, University of South Florida.

December 4
“‘That Sounds Like A Proposition to Me’: Men’s Interpretation of Women’s Identity Work.” Matthew Ezzell, Department of Sociology, James Madison University.

April 23
“Creativity and Capital: Herbert Hall, George Barton and Early Occupational Therapy Workshops, 1905-1923.” Sasha Mullally, Department of History, University of New Brunswick.

April 24
“Economic Inequality: The Consequences of Thomas Piketty.” John B. Davis, Professor of Economics, Marquette University and Professor of Economics, University of Amsterdam.  This lecture is being given in honor of Michael Lawlor, Professor of Economics at Wake Forest University, who is one of the co-founders of the Social Science Research Seminar.  The lecture will be in Kirby Hall, Room B02 on Friday at 1:00.

Academic Year 2013-2014

September 19

“Historic Houses of Worship in Peril: Religious Building and American Culture.”  Thomas Frank, University Professor in the Departments of History and Religion, Wake Forest University.

October 3

“Occupational Mobility and Racial Inequality in the Evolving Public Sector.” George Wilson, Department of Sociology, University of Miami.

January 30

“Encountering Transnational Families and Creating Value in an Italian Fast-Fashion District.”  Elizabeth Krause, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

February 21 Tribble Hall B-116

“‘Broken Fragments of the Primitive Life’: Race and Dynamic Psychiatry at Saint Elizabeth Hospital, 1900-1940.”  Martin Summers, Department of History and African & African Diaspora Studies, Boston College.

March 6 Tribble Hall B-116

“Inventing the ‘Creative City’: Cultural Capital and the Making of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, 1953-1965.” Alex Sayf Cummings, Department of History, Georgia State University.

March 27  Tribble Hall B-116

“Policing Human Trafficking 19th Century Style:  Lessons from the Era of the Slave Trade Ban.” Cynthia Hahamovitch, Department of History, The College of William & Mary.

April 24  Tribble Hall B-116

“Women’s Equality and the National Education Association’s Interest in a U.S. Department of Education, 1910-1930.”  Michael Pisapia, Department of Politics and International Affairs, Wake Forest University

Spring 2013

JANUARY 24 Thursday @ 4:00

“We Were Young Men with Warm Hearts: Relationships in the Continental Army.”  Jake Ruddiman, Department of History, Wake Forest University.

February 28 Thursday @ 4:00

“Making the Immobile Mobile: Land, Markets, and the Problem of Value.” This paper deals with the 19th Century Paris real estate market. Alexia Yates, History and Economics at Harvard University.

March 28 Thursday @ 4:00

“Promoting Change in U.S. Policy toward Cuba: A Case Study from a Non-profit Advocacy Group.” Frick Curry, Center for International Policy, Washington, D.C.

April 25 Thursday @ 4:00

“Scandal and the Medieval Church.” Dyan Elliott, Department of History, Northwestern University.

Fall 2012

All Seminars will be held in Carswell 118

September 13 Thursday @ 4:00
Communicating a New Consciousness: Home Birth in Modern America.” Wendy Kline, Department of History, University of Cincinnati.

Hewamanne 2012 Thursday, October 4 @ 4:00
“Manipulating Capital:  Former Global Factory Workers Negotiating New Identities in Sri Lanka’s Villages.” Sandya Hewamanne, Department of Anthropology, Wake Forest University.

November 30 Friday @ 4:00
“Bringing Sociology to the Table: A Case for A Sociological Approach to the ‘Obesity Epidemic’.” Sara Bowen, Department of Sociology and Director of Voices in Action: The Families, Food and Health Project, North Carolina State University

Spring 2012

February 16 Thursday @ 4:30

“Dancing in the Street? Reframing Arts and Culture for the ‘New’ Downtown.” Elizabeth Strom, Department of Geography, University of South Florida.

March 30 Friday @ 4:00

“The Impact of Gender, Education and Culture on the Career Motivations of Entrepreneurs: The Case of Nicaragua.” Elizabeth Gatewood, Ajay Patel, and Jeanne Simonelli, Wake Forest University.

April 12 Thursday @ 4:30

“Rustic Recreation: Seeking health in the North Woods, 1880-1945.” Lucinda McCray, Department of History, Appalachian State University.

Spring 2011

March 21

“Art and Philosophy: A Natural Affinity.” Andrew Nixon, Department of Art, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

April 8

“Globalization, Higher Education, the Labor Market and Inequality.” Antonia Kupfer, Joseph A. Schumpeter Fellow, Department of Sociology, Harvard University.

April 25

“Moments of Truth: Lutherans, Translation, and the Problem of Verity on the San Carlos Apache Reservation.” David Samuels, Department of Music, New York University.

Fall 2011

September 9 Friday @ 3:30

“Chinese Consumer Culture under Communism.” Karl Gerth, University Lecturer in Modern Chinese History, Fellow and Tutor, Oxford University.

September 23 Friday @ 3:30

“American Marriage? Tracking the Broomstick Wedding from 1800-2010.” Tyler D. Parry, History Department, University of South Carolina.

October 13 Thursday @ 4:30 [Powerpoint Presentation]

“Saving the Environment in Cameroon: Problems and Prospects of Domestic and International NGOS.” William Markham, Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina @ Greensboro

December 1 Thursday @4:30

“Super Dads.” Gayle Kaufman, Department of Sociology, Davidson College.

Fall 2008

September 22

“Border Chasm: International Boundary Parks and Mexican Conservation 1935 – 1945.” Emily Walkild, History Department, Wake Forest University

October 15

John Duca, Senior Economist and Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

October 27 (paper) For summary of book, click here

“Paying to Play? Campaign Money and Advancement in the U.S. House of Representatives.” Eric Heberlig, Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina @ Charlotte

November 17 (4:15 instead of 4:00)

“Rethinking Democracy, Authoritarianism and Economic Performance.” William Keech, Research Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Political Science at Duke University

Fall 2010

September 20

“Richard Wagner on the Way We are Now.” Julian Young, Keenan Professor of Humanities, Wake Forest University

October 25

“Serengeti Shall Not Die: Bernhard Grzimek and the Making of a Tourist Landscape in East Africa.” Thomas Lekan, Department of History, University of South Carolina. This work has since been published byGerman History. Please see the journal for the article.

November 15

“Mistress of Her Own Soul?: Child Custody, Red-baiting, and the Strange Case of Mrs. Eaton.” Kristin Celello, Assistant Professor of History, Queens College, City University of New York.