May 26, 2006 Louis Galambos Discusses "Business in History" on June 14

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Louis Galambos, holder of the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in American History and Ethics at the John W. Kluge Center, will discuss “Business in History” at the Library of Congress at noon on Wednesday, June 14, in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The event, which is sponsored by the Library’s Kluge Center, is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

In light of Enron and other recent corporate scandals, there is a heightened awareness today of ethical business practices. In his lecture, Galambos will place in historical perspective society’s concern for business ethics, ranging from the early 20th century to the present day, sweeping through periods of prosperity and depression. He will explain why Americans have been so concerned and yet have done so little about corporate accountability during the past century.

Galambos is a professor of history and editor of “The Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower” at Johns Hopkins University. He has taught at Rice, Rutgers and Yale universities and served as president of the Business History Conference and the Economic History Association. A former editor of The Journal of Economic History, Galambos has written extensively on U.S. business history, business-government relations, the economic aspects of modern institutional development in America and the rise of the bureaucratic state.

Galambos received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He was a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and business history fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration. In addition, he has held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson Center and at Princeton University.

Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together the world’s best thinkers to stimulate, energize and distill wisdom from the Library’s rich resources and to interact with policymakers in Washington. For more information about the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in American History and Ethics or any of the other fellowships, grants and programs offered by the Kluge Center, visit


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ISSN 0731-3527