Historian Howard Segal to discuss his book on Henry Ford's village industries

September 6, 2006

DEARBORN / Sept. 6, 2006---Author and historian Howard Segal will present a talk about his book, “Recasting the Machine Age: Henry Ford’s Village Industries,” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20 in Room 1030 of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus.

Segal’s book recounts the history of Henry Ford's efforts to shift the production of Ford cars and trucks from the large-scale factories he had pioneered in the Detroit area to 19 decentralized, small-scale plants within 60 miles of Ford headquarters in Dearborn, according to the University of Massachusetts Press Web site.

The lecture series, called "Automotive Heritage: Culture, Politics and Society," is sponsored by UM-Dearborn’s Center for the Study of Automotive Heritage.

“Metropolitan Detroit is in the midst of a long-term economic transformation,” according to Bruce Pietrykowski, associate professor of economics and director of the Center for the Study of Automotive Heritage. “Up to now the automobile has played an influential role in shaping our economy and providing us a collective sense of who we are. This lecture series will provide an opportunity to reflect on the heritage of the automobile and the auto industry in shaping local, national and international cultures and identities.”

Segal is a professor of history and director of the Technology and Society Project at the University of Maine. He specializes in the history of technology and the history of science, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in those areas.

Two additional lectures will be offered this fall as part of the series.

On Oct. 25, Cotton Seiler, assistant professor of American Studies at Dickinson College, will present “Limited Access: African-American Automobility in the 20th Century.”

Then on Nov. 8, Michigan State University history Prof. Lewis Siegelbaum will present “Cars, Cars, and More Cars: The Faustian Bargain of the Brezhnev Era.”

Additional support for the "Automotive Heritage: Culture, Politics and Society" lecture series is provided by UM-Dearborn’s programs in African and African American studies, American studies, History and Science and Technology Studies, as well as The Henry Ford.

For more information about the event, contact Sharie Beard, project coordinator in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, at 313-593-4925.

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