History Lecture Series: The Perils of Great Men, Business, Ideology, and Questions about Capitalism – Professor Matthew Warshauer, Central Connecticut State University


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In the final “capstone” lecture of the series, Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, will pull together some of the important questions raised by the series’ speakers. All center around the role of “tycoons” in American society, whether their visions for business correspond with benefits to workers and the people. In essence, do the nation’s leading capitalists “owe” anything to society?

Dr. Warshauer received his B.A. in history from Central Connecticut State University in 1990. He completed his M.A. (1993) and Ph.D.(1997) in American Studies at Saint Louis University. He joined the faculty at CCSU in the fall of 1997 and served as editor of Connecticut History from 2003 to 2011. In 2007 Dr. Warshauer won the Connecticut State University Trustees Research Award and in 2012 he was awarded the Kidger Award for Inspiring Scholarship and Teaching by the New England History Teachers Association. In 2015 he received a Connecticut Preservation Trust Award for saving and relocating an important Civil War monument (the Forlorn Soldier) to the State Capitol and in that same year was recognized by both the governor and the General Assembly for his efforts on behalf of Connecticut in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the state’s role in the Civil War. Dr. Warshauer’s book publications include: Andrew Jackson and the Politics of Martial LawAndrew Jackson in ContextConnecticut in the American Civil War; and Inside Connecticut and the Civil War: Essays on One State’s Struggles.

This program is sponsored by Nancy and Bill Brautigam. The moderator is Max Gabrielson. This program is being hosted by Wilton Library. No charge to attend, but a $10 donation is suggested. For this final lecture, the Wilton Library and Wilton Historical Society are sharing the proceeds. Click here to donate.