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A Brief History

Founded in the mid-1970s by Cynthia Taft Morris, the Washington Area Economic History Seminar (WAEHS) holds monthly meetings throughout the academic year. The seminar traditionally meets on the first Friday of the month and invites prominent economic historians to present their current work. Past speakers include Nobel laureates Douglass North and Robert Fogel.

The late Cynthia Taft Morris, who taught for many years at American University, hosted the seminars at AU before it expanded to include other sites such as the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Johns Hopkins University, and George Mason University.

The current organizers of the WAEHS are John Wallis, University of Maryland, College Park, and David Mitch, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Spring 2014 Speakers

February 7, 2014: Melissa Thomasson & Carolyn Moehling
(Miami University of Ohio & Rutgers University)
Location: American University

March 7, 2014: Theresa Gutberlet (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Location: American University

April 18, 2014: Roy Bin Wong (UCLA)
Location: Mercatus Center, George Mason University

May 2, 2014: Leah Platt Boustan (UCLA)
Location: George Mason University

 

Fall 2013 Speakers

September 18, 2013: Stephen Broadberry (London School of Economics)
Location: Mercatus Center, George Mason University

November 8, 2013: John Brown & Daniel Bernhofen
(Clark University & American University)
Location: American University

December 6, 2013: Tomas Cvrcek (Clemson University)
Location: University of Maryland College Park

 

Visit the archive to view past speakers and presentation topics from 2001-2009. Speakers who presented from Fall 2009-Spring 2013 can be found here.

UPCOMING SEMINARS

"Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets"

Leah Platt Boustan
UCLA
May 2, 2014

Founders Hall, Room 118
George Mason University
Dinner at 6:00 p.m. at Mala Tang
Seminar at 7:30 p.m.

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In Memoriam

Cynthia Taft Morris, founder of the WAEHS, passed away in July of 2013 at the age of 85. Cynthia had a long and distinguished career and will be greatly missed. To read more about her, including a remembrance, see the Economic History Association's tribute page here.

To read tributes and remembrances of Cynthia submitted by former students, colleagues, and friends, click here. If you would like to submit a note, please send it to econ@american.edu for publication.