"The Business of Being Quaker in America"

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
CHS CHS 104 Chase Auditorium
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Distinguished Visitors Program

Distinguished Visitor Kathryn Lofton, professor of religious studies, American studies, history and divinity, Yale University

The talk will explore the history of running businesses "the Quaker way" in the United States in order to decide whether or not there is such a way and -- if there is -- what good it does our economy. From the beginning of the Society of Friends, there was not a simple division between religious and economic life; the business life of congregants was fair game for communal scrutiny in meeting houses, and religious practices were embedded in business strategies. Recent discussions about corporate culture have found business management consultants turning anew to religious traditions as potential source material for the cultivation of ethical workplaces. Using the history of Quaker industry, this talk will reflect on the utility of the Quaker way in economic life.

Tea at 4:15 p.m.

Sponsored by Quaker Studies, Haverford College Libraries, and the Department of Religion in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program 

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