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Thursday October 20, 5:00-6:30 PM, Moore Hall Filene Auditorium

"Was Slavery Essential to American Capitalism?"

Historians have recently taken an interest in the relationship between the origins of American capitalism and slavery. Some have contended that the surplus generated by slavery was key to the development of industrial capitalism. However, economists, in general, have been skeptical about any such relationship. This interdisciplinary panel will provide different perspectives on this fascinating debate.

Sven Beckert (historian at Harvard University)

Alan Olmstead (economist at University of California at Davis)

Caitlin Rosenthal (historian at University of California at Berkeley)

Trevon Logan (economist at Ohio State University)


Thursday, October 27, 4:30-5:45 PM, Silsby 215

"Of Demagogues, Populists, and Redistribution: On the Relevance of Roman Republicanism to Democracy"

Daniel Kapust
Department of Political Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Last Updated: 10/20/16