Vintage trade card, Clark's Mile-End Spool Cotton, 1893

BHC members Mark Rose and Francesca Polese initiated the Workshops at the 2012 BHC meeting in Philadelphia. Funded by a nominal registration fee, which provides for light refreshments, the Workshops provide meeting attendees with professional information of interest outside the format of the general meeting. The Workshops generally take place in the afternoon preceding the first meeting sessions. Anna Spadavecchia replaced Francesca Polese as the co-director after the 2014 meeting, and in 2015 Anne Murphy and Albert Churella joined as co-coordinators. In 2016 Christina Lubinski took over Anna Spadavecchia's role.

For 2017, two workshops will be held the afternoon of Thurdsay, March 31, before the start of the regular proceedings. The cost of each workshop is $15.00; size is limited to 30 participants. Interested attendees may select and pay for workshops as part of the registration process.


  • Youssef Cassis, European University Institute
  • Jeffrey Fear, University of Glasgow
  • Mary O'Sullivan, University of Geneva
  • Karin Sagner-Kaiser, Banking and Financial Supervision, Deutsche Bundesbank

workshop14b.jpgThis workshop focused on the historical and contemporary relationship between currency (the Euro) and politics in Europe. Topics include experiences with earlier monetary coordination; Maastricht, the road to the Euro, and its early development; the ongoing Euro Crisis since 2009; and the political, banking, and supervisory options today.

Note: Mary O'Sullivan was unable to attend.


  • Jennifer Armiger, Educational Testing Service
  • Dalit Baranoff, ProQuest
  • Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York Management School
  • Josh Lauer, Department of Communication, University of New Hampshire

Panelists shared with audience members their experiences in finding jobs inside and out of the university. What types of skills and ideas, they asked, should historians and economists bring to interviews outside the "classical" history and economics departments?


This workshop examined some of the historical roots of the crises that have shaken the world economy over the past five years. Marc Levinson explored the history of attempts to make financial systems safer and more stable through regulation. Against that background, Stephen Mihm discussed the ongoing European financial crisis with emphasis on understanding why problems in relatively small economies pose a threat to the future of European integration.


Mansel Blackford, The Ohio State University
Vicki Howard, Hartwick College
Robert Lockhart, University of Pennsylvania Press

Walter Friedman, Harvard Business School, Business History Review
Philip Scranton, Rutgers University, Enterprise & Society