World Economic History Congress. Boston 2018

Social Events Schedule

Monday, July 30th, 6:30-8:00pm: Opening Night Reception (Marriott Kendall Square) – Free (RSVP Required)

On Monday, we invite all registered attendees and their registered guests to join us at the Marriott Kendall Square to welcome conference participants to Boston and Cambridge. We will serve drinks, and light food, along with a small program of welcoming remarks.  The venue will include the publisher exhibits which will allow attendees to have a drink and peruse the new scholarship that publishers from around the world have on exhibit. To RSVP, simply register for the conference and choose the opening night reception option.

Tuesday, July 31st, 7:30-9:00pm: Fogg Art Museum Reception (Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University) – $35 (Limited Number of Tickets Available)

Following the Tuesday lecture by Dr. Thomas Piketty, Harvard Economics Department will host a reception at the beautiful Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. Attendees must have tickets to attend. Tickets are extremely limited, and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Ticketholders will be provided beverages, light hors d’oeuvres, and limited access to the museum collection. Attendees will need to provide their own transportation to the event, but Harvard Art Museums are a short walk from the Harvard stop on the Red Line (MBTA). Attendees will be provided directions closer to the event.

Tuesday, July 31st, 7:30-9:00pm: Graduate Student Reception (Location TBA) – Students are Free ($10 for Standard Participants)

Graduate students attending the Congress are invited to join other students and scholars at a networking reception at a location yet to be determined. Graduate students need only to select the option during the registration process, at no cost. Established scholars are encouraged to attend to share their experience with the next generation of economic historians. For standard participants there is $10 fee, which helps to support graduate student travel and offset the cost of the reception.

Wednesday 7:30-8:45pm: Concert by The New American Mandolin Ensemble (Kresge Auditorium, MIT) – $20

Wednesday evening, we will host a concert by The New American Mandolin Ensemble at MIT’s beautiful Kresge Auditorium. You can purchase a ticket through the conference registration system. Below is more information on the ensemble:

The New American Mandolin Ensemble

“Contemporary classical music for plucked string instruments reflecting folk, jazz, and world music influences”

Based in southern New England, the New American Mandolin Ensemble is a group of virtuoso professional musicians dedicated to presenting and promoting the development of the best of contemporary ensemble music for plucked strings from around the word, through concerts, recordings, and educational outreach. Their founding director and mandolinist Mark M. Davis first studied guitar and mandolin with Hibbard Perry in Providence RI and later with the pioneering German guitarist Siegfried Behrend, from whom Davis inherited his fascination with contemporary plucked string music. Guitar Judith Handler and mandolinist Mark Levesque have created an enviable reputation for their concerts and recordings as the Handler-Levesque duo.  Robert Margo is equally adept at mandolin, mandola, and liuto cantabile; he is also a tireless arranger of music for plucked strings.  Guitarist Beverly Davis is known for her duo performances with Mark Davis, and as a member of the Café Trio Plus and the Hampton Trio (with Mark Davis and our own Robert Margo) and the Providence Mandolin Orchestra. A thirty-year veteran of the New England music scene, bassist Bob Asprinio is a versatile, eclectic performer in a dizzying variety of styles, who can be found playing electric guitar with his cowboy/Americana band, or theorbo and lute with an early music group.

“The New American Mandolin Ensemble … plays wonderful new music [and] will no doubt become a standard [for] the mandolin groups of tomorrow”

–American mandolin superstar, Mike Marshall

Recent performances include the Vanilla Bean Café in Pomfret, CT; the Applause Series in Agawam MA; the Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Series at the University of Connecticut; the 45th Festival Internacional de Plectro de la Rioja in Spain; the Casa Branco do Gramido, in Gondomar, Portugal; the Connecticut Guitar Society; with the Munier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra and Philadelphia Mandolin Ensemble in Pennsylvania and New Jersey; the Classica l Mandolin Society Convention in Portland, Oregon; the Eurofestival Zupfmusik in Bruchsal, Germany; and in Amsterdam with the Dutch ensemble HET Consort.  Visit us on Facebook or on Reverbnation.

“The music is played so fresh and I love the natural sense of groove that this group has.  Beautiful playing – very exciting”

–Caterina Lichtenberg, Professor of Mandolin, Wuppertal (Germany) and international recording artist

They have recently released their first CD, “Contemporary Works for Plucked Strings” featuring works by Chris Acquavella, Clarice Assad, Mark Davis, Owen Hartford, James Kellaris, Yasuo Kuwahara, Annette Kruisbrink, and Emiel Stöpler.  A recent review in the Classical Mandolin Society of America’s Mandolin Journal praised the recording for “the beauty of the compositions themselves, the beauty of their interpretation and flawless execution, and the excellent quality of the sound engineering … the ensemble reveals a tonal palette that is incredibly rich and varied … sound textures and color combinations rarely achieved (or attempted) by plucked string ensembles.”

Friday, August 3rd, 7:00-9:00pm: Closing Night Reception (Marriott Kendall Square) – Free (RSVP Required)

To close the conference, we will host a reception to celebrate the completion of another World Economic History Congress. We will serve drinks and small bites, with a short program. Please join us to end the conference with some fun! To RSVP, merely select the option during the conference registration process.