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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 Mary Hansen and Gabriel Mathy (AU), Noel Johnson and Mark Koyama (GMU), and David Mitch (UMBC).

 

Spring 2016 Speakers

February 5th, 2016: Nic Ziebarth, University of Iowa
Location: American University

February 26, 2016: John Tang, Australian National University
Location: University of Maryland, College Park

April 8th, 2016: Murat Iyigun, University of Colorado-Boulder
Location: George Mason University

 

Fall 2015 Speakers

October 9th, 2015: Matthew Jaremski, Colgate University
Location: American University

November 6th, 2015: Suresh Naidu, Columbia University
Location: University of Maryland

December 11th, 2015: Eric Chaney, Harvard University
Location: Mercatus Center, George Mason University

 

Spring 2015 Speakers

February 13, 2015: Marc Law (University of Vermont)
Location: Mercatus Center, George Mason University

March 6, 2015: Greg Clark (University of California at Davis)
Location: American University

March 27, 2015: Evan Roberts (University of Minnesota)
Location: American University

May 1, 2015: Sascha Becker (University of Warwick/UCLA)
Location: Mercatus Center, George Mason University

 

Fall 2014 Speakers

October 3, 2014: Mary Tone Rodgers (SUNY Oswego)
Location: American University

November 14, 2014: Nico Voigtlaender, UCLA
Location: Mercatus Center, George Mason University

December 5, 2014: Lorena Walsh (Emerita, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
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

"War, Peace & Prosperity in the Name of God: The Ottoman Role in Europe's Socioeconomic Evolution"

Murat Iyigun
University of Colorado-Boulder

April 8, 2016
Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Seminar at 7:30 p.m.

Founders Hall, Room 716
George Mason University
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201

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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.