National Inventors Hall of Fame

The National Inventors Hall of Fame has announced its 2010 Inductees, at the United States Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. The innovations of the 2010 Inductees literally spawned industries such as video gaming, GPS time navigation, and recreational underwater diving, and also gave us pharmaceuticals and methods to treat cancer, and electric rockets to keep communications satellites exactly in orbit.

“We at the National Inventors Hall of Fame are proud of our 38-year history of drawing much deserved attention to the remarkable people who exemplify the key role that innovation plays in America’s free enterprise system,” said Edward Gray, President of the Board of Directors of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. “The individuals of this year’s class of outstanding inventors have shaped our future and their remarkable achievements will surely inspire a whole new generation of like-minded dreamers to see the worth of hard work and passion.”

The National Inventors Hall of Fame 2010 Inductees are Ralph Baer, Yvonne Brill, Roger Easton, Art Fry, Spencer Silver, S. Donald Stookey. The posthumous inductees to the Hall of Fame include M. Judah Folkman, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Emile Gagnan, W. Lincoln Hawkins, Vincent Lanza, Field Winslow, Francis Bundy, H. Tracy Hall, Herbert Strong, Robert Wentorf, Jr.

May Highlights in Business History:

1670 – King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company, made up of the French explorers who opened the lucrative North American fur trade to London merchants. The charter conferred on them not only a trading monopoly but also effective control over the vast region surrounding North America's Hudson Bay. (May 2)

1792 – A group of 24 traders gathered under a buttonwood tree at 68 Wall Street in lower Manhattan to mete out the conditions and regulations of the speculative market. The result was the Buttonwood Agreement, a modest, two-sentence contract that gave birth to the New York Stock Exchange, which would become the world's largest forum for trading stocks and securities. (May 17)

1869 – In a remote corner of Utah, the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet and drive a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connects their railroads and makes transcontinental railroad service possible for the first time in U.S. history. (May 10)

1994 – In a ceremony presided over by England's Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Mitterand, a rail tunnel under the English Channel is officially opened, connecting Britain and the European mainland for the first time since the Ice Age. The channel tunnel, or "Chunnel," connects Folkestone, England, with Sangatte, France, 31 miles away. (May 6)


Labor and Social Struggles International Conference

Institute of Working Class History

In Chicago during May Day weekend 2010, the Institute of Working Class History is holding a conference to discuss, debate and analyze labor and social struggles (both past and present). The conference will cover an array of important historical and political topics. In addition to purely academic pursuits, conference participants will be able to participate in the May Day rally organized by the Chicago Federation of Labor and the Illinois Labor History Society.

36th Annual Conference

Southwest Labor Studies Association

The Southwest Labor Studies Association announced that its 36th Annual Conference is scheduled to be held on May 7-8, 2010, at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with the theme “Labor and Immigration: Past and Present.”

Net@40: Visionary Robert W. Taylor in Conversation with NPR's Guy Raz

Computer History Museum

As part of the Net@40 year-long celebration at the Museum, Bob Taylor and NPR’s Guy Raz will share a stage to discuss the origins of the personal computer revolution and computer networking on May 13, 2010, at the Computer History Museum. Mr. Taylor will talk about the process of fostering innovation and share stories of how radical ideas evolve in a discussion with Guy Raz, the weekend host of NPR’s All Things Considered. The event is sponsored by Intel Corp.

Call for Papers: Labour Histories from the Global South

ANPUH - Brazilian National History Association

The members of the GT Nacional Mundos do Trabalho - Working Group "Worlds of Labour" (ANPUH - Brazilian National History Association) invite scholars and researchers to submit paper proposals for their first International Seminar on the theme: "Labour Histories from the Global South". The conference will be held at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, UFSC (Florianópolis, SC, Brazil) on October 25-28, 2010.

The final deadline for sending papers is on May 15, 2010.

50th Anniversary Conference

Society for the Study of Labour History

The Society for the Study of Labour History announced that its 50th Anniversary Conference with the theme “Fifty Years of Labour History: Past Achievements, Future Prospects” will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2010, at the People’s History Museum, at Spinningfields, Manchester.

EABH Annual Conference

European Association for Banking and Financial History

The European Association for Banking and Financial History announced that its annual conference is scheduled on May 21-22, 2010, in Brussels, Belgium. The Conference will explore the historical evolution of risk management and regulation in the finance and insurance industry, and the impact banking and financial crises have had on this evolution, both in a European and global context.

2010 Annual Cliometrics Conference

Cliometrics Conference

The 2010 Annual Cliometrics Conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, May 21-23, 2010. All sessions will take place in the Cartwright Center at UW-La Crosse, room 326.

2010 EBHS Conference

Economic and Business Historical Society

The Economic and Business Historical Society announced that the 2010 EBHS Conference will take place in Braga, Portugal on May 27-29, 2010.

The conference will open with "The Divergence Debate: A Chinese Perspective" featuring Professors Li Bozhon (Tsinghua University), Patrick O´Brien (London School of Economics and Political Science) and Jaime Reis (Instituto de Ciências Sociais – University of Lisbon). The conference will close with “The Crisis of 2008 and the Crisis of 1931. What Have We Learned?" with Portuguese Minister of Finance, Professor Fernando Teixeira dos Santos (Faculdade de Economia – University of Porto), and Professors Michael Bordo (Rutgers University) and Jaime Reis (Instituto de Ciências Sociais – University of Lisbon).

Call For Papers

The Journal of the Society for Socialist Studies

The Journal of the Society for Socialist Studies issued a call for papers on “Rosa Luxemburg’s Political Economy: Contributions to Contemporary Political Theory and Practice” for a special issue of Socialist Studies: the Journal of the Society for Socialist Studies that is set to be published in Fall 2010.

This call invites articles on Luxemburg’s political economy, assessing her contributions to socialist debates in light of current political challenges. Papers may consider the implications of her work for contemporary anti-imperialist struggle, the dynamics of worker organization and progressive political change, and feminist scholarship within the left, or any other topic concerning Luxemburg’s theoretical and political contributions to socialist political economy and political struggle. Deadline for submission is May 30, 2010.

7th STOREP Conference

Italian Association for the History of Political Economy

The 7th Annual Conference of the Italian Association for the History of Political Economy (STOREP) will be hosted by the Department of Sociology and Social Research and the Department of Economics of the University of Trento from May 30th to June 1st 2010. The special theme of the conference is: “The shifting boundaries between public and private in economics.”

Symposium Call for Papers

Auckland Labour History Group

The Auckland Labour History Group and the Labour History Project is organizing a symposia on Globalisation and Labour in the Pacific at the AUT University on November 4, 2010.

The Auckland Labour History Group and the Labour History Project also issued a call for papers on the 1890 Maritime Strike, its broader political and historical impact, the nature of Pacific Rim connections in the labour market and between labour organisations, lessons for contemporary labour relations in the maritime industry in the Pacific, and the impact of globalisation generally in Pacific Rim labour relations. Refereed papers may be selected for publication in the NZ Journal of Employment Relations and/or for publication in a special book which will be published to mark the anniversary. Due date for abstracts: June 1, 2010 to Ann Williamson at

PLATO@50: Seeing the Future Through the Past

Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum is hosting a discussion on PLATO @ 50: Seeing the Future through the Past on June 2-3, 2010. Perhaps the greatest untold story in the history of computing is the development of the PLATO system at the University of Illinois and later also at Control Data Corporation. Largely unknown today to the general public, PLATO's list of innovations and seminal influences is considerable. For the first time ever, this event will assemble many of the key people involved with the creation of the PLATO phenomenon.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and learn from an amazing variety of technology innovators, including Microsoft's Ray Ozzie (who got his start on PLATO at the University of Illinois); Don Bitzer, creator of PLATO and co-inventor of the flat-panel gas plasma display; Dave Woolley, creator of PLATO Notes (which inspired Ozzie to later create Lotus Notes) and many others to be announced soon.

FUR XIV International Conference

Foundations and Applications of Utility, Risk and Decision Theory

The Scientific Committee of Foundations and Applications of Utility, Risk and Decision Theory (FUR), Newcastle University and Durham University announced that the XIV International Conference on the Foundations and Applications of Utility, Risk and Decision Theory will be held at the at the Newcastle University Business School in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, United Kingdom on June 15-18, 2010.

International Workshop Call for Papers

Research Group Social Economic History

The Research Group Social Economic History at Utrecht University is hosting an international workshop on the theme of intermediation in capital markets, scheduled on June 17-19, 2010.

22nd Annual Conference

Cardiff Business School

The Accounting and Business History Research Unit of Cardiff Business School issued a call for papers for its 22nd Annual Conference. The 2010 conference, organised by Malcolm Anderson, will be held at Cardiff University on Sept. 6-7, 2010.

Those wishing to offer papers to be considered for presentation at the conference should send a one page abstract (including name, affiliation and contact details) by June 1, 2010 to: The Conference Office, Cardiff Business School, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU. Tel +44 (0)29 2087 5731. Fax +44 (0)29 2087 5129 or e-mail at Following the refereeing process, applicants will be advised of the conference organisers’ decision by June 21, 2010.

2010 HES Meeting

History of Economics Society

The History of Economics Society announced that the 2010 meeting will be held at the Syracuse University over June 25-28, 2010.

The Distinguished Lecture will be delivered by Nancy Folbre. She will be speaking on "Greed, Lust and Gender: The Rhetoric of Self Interest in Political Economy".

CCBH Annual Conference Call for Papers

Institute of Historical Research

The Centre for Contemporary British History of the Institute of Historical Research of the University of London announced that its Annual Conference is set on July 7-9, 2010, at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, with the theme “Reassessing the Seventies.”

Accounting Hall of Fame Conference Call for Papers

Academy of Accounting Hstorians

The Academy of Accounting Historians and the Accounting Hall of Fame are jointly sponsoring a conference entitled Accounting in Recovery and Reform to explore the role of accounting during a period of economic recovery and reform. The conference will be held on September 30, 2010, through October 2, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio.

Papers are invited that develop contemporary and historical perspectives on the role of accounting in times of economic recovery and reform, including the role of accounting in business reporting, auditing, corporate governance, government regulation of business institutions, and international capital markets. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2010, but earlier submissions would be appreciated. Papers should include an abstract of approximately 50 words. Papers should be sent in electronic form (via e-mail if possible) to Dan Jensen at

2010 Association of Business Historians Annual Conference

Association of Business Historians

The Association of Business Historians will hold its Annual Conference on July 16-17, 2010, at the York School of Management. Notification of acceptance for proposals will be sent by May 1, 2010.

Highlights of the conference include: a drinks reception and conference dinner at the National Railway Museum, preceded by a brief tour of the Museum.

Net@40: The Facebook Effect

Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum announced that it will be hosting a discussion on “Net@40: The Facebook Effect” with author David Kirkpatrick and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in conversation with National Public Radio’s Guy Raz on July 21, 2010, at its location in Mountain View, Calif.


Management History Research Group

The Management History Research Group will hold its conference hosted by the School of Management of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland on July 28-29, 2010.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Alan McKinlay at

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