Tuesday, May 03

Performing Social Status in Slavery and Freedom: Southern Black Marriage Rituals, 1840 to 1900

Axel Springer Lecture 

Brenda E. Stevenson's lecture explores antebellum slave marriage rites/rights in contrast to some of the ways in which the first generation(s) of freedmen and women interpreted and experienced their emancipation in marital ritual, performance, and celebration during the last decades of the nineteenth century. The South, she notes, as enslaved people had known it during the antebellum era, was profoundly changed after 1865 and the region’s Civil War defeat. »

Tuesday, May 10

The Future of Work: How the “Uber Economy” and Runaway Capitalism Are Threatening Workers’ Livelihoods

Holtzbrinck Lecture 

In the US, Steven Hill explains, the sharing economy is accelerating toward a “freelance society,” wherein tens of millions of workers will find themselves with no regular jobs or steady work, lower pay, and a weaker safety net. Hill asks if the sharing economy might work better in a place like Germany, where the welfare state is more developed and a stronger tradition of labor unions and government regulation has fostered more broadly shared prosperity. »