My talk to the Business History Collective, 6 April 2021

One of the unexpected positive effects of living in Zoomland for the past year is that many of us have found new communities of colleagues that aren’t bounded by geography. Seminars and conferences are being webcast so someone from Cambridge (either one) can tune into a workshop in Charlottesville in a way that was technologically possible before but socially and culturally unusual in many academic circles. Yesterday I gave a talk to the Business History Collective, and it was really exciting to see people tuning in from several continents. Thanks to Manuel Bautista González, Ashton Merck, and Bernado Batiz-Lato for organizing.

It was also fun to discuss a relatively new section of the book that I (largely) researched and wrote during the fall semester, which gave me an opportunity to think about how historians might adapt their sense of possibilities now that so many of our sources are online. What should we expect and do differently?

You can watch the video here. Sign up for their mailing list to hear about future workshops!

Video from CLEAR lab launch event

Yesterday, along with the other faculty members of UVA CLEAR (the Corruption Lab on Ethics, Accountability, and the Rule of Law), I participated in our lab’s big launch event at the Miller Center. The room was packed—it turns out corruption is a hot topic among a certain crowd these days. Who knew? (It was a fun game trying not to mention the T word, the I word, or the U word.)

My contribution to the conversation was to historicize definitions of corruption at a larger scale, all the way back to the London docks in the 1600s and anti-Reconstruction in the 1870s. But academics weren’t what drew the crowd.

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