|Robert H. Casey is an automotive historian and author of The Model T: A Centennial History, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2008. As a world-renowned expert on transportation and automotive history, Casey is a much sought-after spokesperson by national and international media outlets and is a frequently quoted source in national publications such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Casey will join us on Friday to discuss Henry Ford’s use of the assembly line.
|Daniel J. Clark is the Associate Professor of History at Oakland University where he teaches courses on American Labor History and Twentieth-Century U.S. Social History. In 1989, he received a Ph.D. from Duke University. Clark is the author of Like Night and Day: Unionization in a Southern Mill Town and is working on a manuscript tentatively titled “The Elusive Postwar Boom: Detroit Autoworkers in the 1950s.” On Friday, Clark will discuss unionization.
|Nancy Gabin is a faculty member in the Department of History at Purdue University and teaches courses in American women’s history, labor history, U.S. history and the 1960s. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College (1977) and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (1984). Cornell University published her book Feminism in the Labor Movement: Women and the United Auto Workers, 1935-1975. Gabin will guide us through an overview of the move from home to factory production on Monday.
|Martin Hershock is the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Graduate Programs and Professor of History at the University of Michigan-Dearborn where he teaches courses on the 19th-century United States. In 1996, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Nineteenth-Century American History. His most recent book, Oh Lord Make Haste to Help Me: The Life and Times of Timothy M. Joy, Debtor, 1789-1813, was published by University of Michigan Press in 2011. On Wednesday, Hershock will provide an overview of the age of steam, emphasizing the impact on transportation.|
|R. Douglas Hurt received his Ph.D. from Kansas State University and is Head of the History Department at Purdue University. He is a past president of the Agricultural History Society and has served as the editor of the international journal for agricultural history entitled Agricultural History. Dr. Hurt is the author of eighteen books, the most recent being The Great Plains during World War II. Hurt will look at the impact of the Industrial Revolution on agriculture on Tuesday.|
|Paul B. Israel is director and general editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University. The Edison Papers provides leadership in publishing and developing the documentary legacy of America’s most prolific inventor and innovator. Dr. Israel is the author of Edison: A Life of Invention (Wiley, 1998), which was awarded the Dexter Prize by the Society for the History of Technology. On Thursday Israel will guide us through Edison’s story as well as that of other inventors and innovators of the era.|