Dowd History of Capitalism Program

Dowd Program in the History of Capitalism

The program, generously funded by grants from the Dowd Foundation, offers UNC Charlotte students the opportunity to study the origins, long-run development, and recent history of capitalism. With the help of this program, which started in 2015, the department hopes to better prepare its graduates in the area of quantitative and mathematical reasoning, as well as to provide training for those History majors who are interested in working in the private sector after their graduation.

The current director of the program is Professor Mark R. Wilson.  Contact him at mrwilson@uncc.edu; 704-687-5160

As of Spring 2017, the Dowd program has already supported the development of eight new courses, taught by ten different professors:

•    “Global Capitalism” (LBST 2101, co-taught by Dr. Jurgen Buchenau and Dr. John Smail)
•    “History of Capitalism in the USA” (HIST 3000, taught by Dr. Mark Wilson)
•    “Food Production, Marketing, and Consumption in US History since 1900” (LBST 2101, taught by Dr. Benny Andres)
•    “Capitalism and Slavery” (HIST 2600, taught by Dr. John David Smith)
•    “Moving on Up! The African-American Entrepreneurial Spirit” (HIST 3000, taught by Dr. Sonya Ramsey)
•    “Capitalism in the South” (LBST 2101, taught by Dr. Shep McKinley); 
•    “The African Diaspora and Capitalism” (LBST 2101, co-taught by Dr. Gregory Mixon and Dr. Akin Ogundiran)
•    “From Marx to McDonalds: The Transition from Communism to Pluralism in Eastern Europe” (HIST 3001, taught by Dr. Jill Massino)

Students in these courses (along with the broader UNC Charlotte community) have had the special opportunity to learn from a large number of Dowd-supported visiting speakers.  These speakers have included some academics, as well as a variety of business leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists.  Past visiting speakers include Hugh McColl, former chairman and CEO of Bank of America; Dr. Juliet E.K. Walker, professor of history and founding director of the Center of Black Business, History, Entrepreneurship, Technology at the University of Texas, Austin; Baldemar Velasquez, president and founder of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee; Blake Barnes, founder and owner of the Common Market stores in Charlotte; Dr. Seymour Drescher, distinguished university professor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh; and Marlene and Glen Jones, of Main Street Management Group, LLC.The Common MarketDr. Seymour DrescherHugh McCollMarlene and Glen Jones

Here is the schedule of Dowd-sponsored visiting speakers for the Spring 2017 semester:

Dr. Peter Kopp, New Mexico State University.  “American Beer:  A History from the Colonial Era to the Craft Beer Revolution.”  Tuesday, March 14, 3:30 – 4:45 PM, at UNC Charlotte main campus, in Burson 110

Dr. Kopp will give an additional public talk on beer history and the craft beer industry off campus, on Tuesday, March 14, 6:30-7:30 PM, at the taproom of NoDa Brewing Co., 2921 North Tryon, Charlotte

Dr. Marcie Cohen Ferris, UNC Chapel Hill.  “The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region.”  Thursday, March 30, 3:30 – 4:45 PM, at UNC Charlotte main campus, in Burson 110.

Dr. Michele Rivkin-Fish, UNC Chapel Hill.  "Market Economics, Demographic Politics, and Changing Perspectives on Family Formation in Russia."  Tuesday, April 4, 3:30-4:45 PM, at UNC Charlotte main campus, in CHHS 147.

Dr. Patrice Poutrus, University of Vienna.  “From Discontent to Disgruntlement: an East German's Perspective on East Germany before and after Unification.”  Thursday, April 13, 3:30-4:45 PM, at UNC Charlotte main campus, in CHHS 147.

Dr. Elaine Weiner, McGill University.    “The Free Market, the Common Market, and Czech Women.”  Tuesday, April 25, 3:30-4:45 PM, at UNC Charlotte main campus, in CHHS 147.