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International Trade and Cultural Exchange from the Renaissance to Today

October 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

What do we learn when we exchange goods and ideas with other cultures? How does engagement with the wider world help us understand ourselves? This seminar explores connections among commerce, art, and culture in three eras. We’ll travel to early modern Venice to learn about that city-state’s ascendance as a commercial power in Europe and understand how business with the East helped usher in the modern age. Next, we’ll be introduced to American artists of the 19th-century era of imperial sail and steam to learn how art communities responded to cultural artifacts and ideas from abroad.The seminar will conclude with a review of international commerce in the contemporary world as we explore the meaning of “globalization” and the state of trade today, including the threat posed by tariffs.


Venice: A Crossroad of Cultures and Commerce in the Making of the Modern World

John Jeffries Martin, Professor of History, Duke University

The Makings of Empire: Painting the World in Nineteenth-century America

Maggie Cao, David G. Frey Assistant Professor of Art and Art History

America and Modern Global Trade: From Bretton Woods to the Age of Trump

Patrick Conway, Professor of Economics

Creating New Cultures with Commerce

A panel discussion with our speakers


9:15am-4:00pm, Saturday, October 5. The tuition is $125 ($115 until September 5). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($57.50 until September 5). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch on Saturday is $15.00.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register here or call us at 919.962.1544. 

Registrants will receive a packet containing background readings, a map to the seminar location, and more about 2-3 weeks before the program date. 


October 5, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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