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Louis Hyman at The Interval: The New Deal You Don't Know
Tue, January 26, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PST
The Long Now Foundation welcomes
(historian and author)
"The New Deal You Don't Know"
co-presented with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
Join us afterwards for drinks and conversation with our speaker
Economic historian Louis Hyman guides us through forgotten but important aspects of an era when the U.S. Government took action to spur the engine of capitalism with a series of 01930s laws and programs known as the New Deal. In what ways was the New Deal a reinvention of capitalism? In the twenty-first century and beyond, will it require reinventing yet again?
Louis Hyman's research focuses on the history of American capitalism, particularly the intersection of the government and the market in everyday economic practice. His writings have added important perspective to our understanding of the evolution of personal debt in the American financial system, amongst other topics. Using a tapestry of fascinating stories he explains the humanity behind the balance sheet machinations and shows how we got here from there.
At The Interval Louis will introduce us to key figures who shaped the New Deal behind the scenes; he'll also present telling comparisons with the current economic situation. What lessons are there for today from post-Depression technology investment? What innovations could jump start capitalism again?
"A fresh perspective on the epic changes in American culture wrought by consumer finance. ... Hyman has researched his subject deeply, and his diligence shows."
— New Republic (review of Borrow: The American Way of Debt)
Louis Hyman is currently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University. During his time at CASBS, he is finishing a book on the rise of flexible corporations and temporary labor from the 01930s to today. The book focuses on the shift to day laborers, office temps, and management consultants in the contemporary corporation.
Long Now is pleased to continue our collaboration with CASBS in 02016. This is the first of several talks this year by 02016 CASBS fellows for our Conversations at The Interval series.
Since 01954 CASBS has been a preeminent national and international locus for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and transformative thinking and research on some of the most important challenges and issues. Its aim is discovery in the service of advancing social science methods, theories, and topics that address and answer socially significant questions. At the heart of the CASBS enterprise is its residential fellowship program, which attracts the finest minds from psychology, sociology, economics, political science, anthropology, history, philosophy, linguistics, and related disciplines.
A former Fulbright scholar and McKinsey consultant, Hyman received his PhD in American history in 02007 from Harvard University. His dissertation received the Harold K. Gross Prize for best dissertation in history at Harvard and the Krooss prize for best dissertation in business history nationally.
His writings have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Wilson Quarterly, Bloomberg, and CNBC, amongst many other publications. He teaches the MOOC American Capitalism: A History through EdX and is the founding editor of the Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism book series from Columbia University Press.
Currently he is working on a book entitled Short-Sighted: The Rise of Flexible Corporations and Temporary Work in Postwar America.
Join us for perspective on our economic past and useful insight for both the future and the present.
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