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20th Annual Glasscock Book Prize event

Join us on March 4th & 5th for campus and community events celebrating our 20th Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship.

Join us on March 4th & 5th for campus and community events celebrating our 20th Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship!

This year’s book award is being presented to Dr. Louis Hyman for his book, Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary (Penguin Randomhouse, 2018). On March 5, 4:00-5:30PM, Dr. Hyman will deliver a lecture at the Glasscock Center and receive the Prize.

Please also join us for a public conversation with Dr. Hyman, facilitated by Dr. Jonathan Coopersmith (History, TAMU) at the Presidential Orientation Theater (George Bush Presidential Library & Museum) on March 4, 6:30-8:00PM.

Both events are free and open to the public!


Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Location: George Bush Presidential Library & Museum’s Presidential Orientation Theater (1000 George Bush Dr. W., College Station, TX 77845)
                6:30 –8:00 pm
                                Discussion, Public Q&A, and Refreshments

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Location: 311 Glasscock Building (Texas A&M campus)
                4:00-5:30 pm
                                Lecture and Presentation
                5:30–6:30 pm

For more information, visit this webpage.

Temp is the untold history of the surprising origins of the “gig economy”–how deliberate decisions made by consultants and CEOs in the 50s and 60s upended the stability of the workplace and the lives of millions of working men and women in postwar America, long before the digital revolution. The book argues that Uber is not the cause of insecurity and inequality in our country, and neither is the rest of the gig economy. The answer to our growing problems goes deeper than apps, further back than outsourcing and downsizing, and contests the most essential assumptions we have about how our businesses should work. As we make choices about the future, we need to understand our past.

The Glasscock Book Prize, first awarded in 1999 — originated by the Texas A&M Center for Humanities Research — was permanently endowed in December 2000 by Melbern G. Glasscock ’59 and his wife Susanne M. Glasscock, for whom the prize is now named.