Academic Year 2015-2016

All seminars are held 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 — cancelled.
“Politics and Culture.” Bill Schwarz, Professor of Cultural Studies, Queen Mary University of London.

February 4  @ 6:30 in DeTamble Auditorium, Tribble Hall [note different time, place and format — this will be a public talk]
“The Islamic State: Ethnic Cleansing and Nation-building in the Middle East.” Joshua Landis, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, University of Oklahoma, and President of the Syrian Studies Association.

February 25 @ 4:00 in Tribble B-116   Berger Project Overview and Chapter 1
“The World Outside and the Pictures in Our Hearts.” Martin Berger, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz.

March 21 @ 3:30 in ZSR 404 [note different time, place and format — this will be a public talk]
“Not Gay: The Homosexual Ingredient in the Making of Straight White Men.” Jane Ward, Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of California, Riverside.

March 28 Monday @ 4:30 in Tribble B-116
“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 2003

September 18
Table One

“Murdering Mothers and Physicians’ Responses:  Neonaticide in Rhode Island, 1838 to 1938”
Simone M. Caron, Department of History, Wake Forest University

October 23
“From Commendation to Condemnation:  The Blurring of a Hegemonic White Identity”
Jenny Irons, Department of Sociology, Hamilton College

November 7
“The Concept of Ethnic Nationality and its Role in Pan-Asianism in Imperial Japan”
Kevin Doak, Department of History, Georgetown University

November 13
“Beyond Mastery:  The Future of Conrad’s Beginnings”
Geoffrey Harpham, President and Director, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park

 December 8
“The Pros and Cons of Conversions of Not-for-Profit Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans to For-Profit Status”
Bradley Strunk, Center for Health Policy Change, Washington, D.C.
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Spring 2010

February 15

“‘I Wish My Head and Insides Would Begin to get Straight. I Don’t Recognize Myself at All:’ Female Subjectivity, Marriage and American Modernity.” Magaret Lowe, Department of History, Bridgewater State College

March 1

“Dead As Dirt: An Environmental History of the Dead Body.” Ellen Stroud, Department of English, Bryn Mawr College

March 22

“It’s Been a Long Time Coming: U.S. Data on Workers Matched to their Employing Firms.” Charles Tolbert II, Department of Sociology, Baylor University

April 5

Reason, Emotion, Pressure, Violence: Modes of Demonstration as Conceptions of Political Citizenship in 1960s West Germany.” Michael Hughes, Department of History, Wake Forest University

April 19

“Recessions: Causes and Lessons.” Robert Hetzel, Senior Economist and Research Advisor, The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond