Cornell University

This is a past event. Its details are archived for historical purposes.

The contact information may no longer be valid.

Please visit our current events listings to look for similar events by title, location, or venue.

Book Talk: Borrow: The American Way of Debt

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 4:30pm

Kheel Center, 227 Ives Hall Catherwood Library

Today’s economic problems are not as new as we think, and in the years before the Great Depression, increased access to money raised living standards but also introduced unforeseen risks.

Join Louis Hyman, economic historian and assistant professor at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, for a book talk about his new publication “Borrow: The American Way of Debt” (Vintage Press, January 2012). A former Fulbright scholar and a consultant at McKinsey & Co., Hyman received his PhD in American history in 2007 from Harvard University. His book examines how the rise of consumer borrowing—virtually unknown before the twentieth century—has altered our culture and economy. As lending grew more profitable, it displaced funds available for business borrowing, setting our economy on an unsustainable course. “Borrow” charts the collision of commerce and culture in twentieth-century America.

A reception and book signing will follow. For more information, please call 255-3260, or visit

Google Calendar iCal Outlook
Event Type

Author Appearance


Cornell University Library, ILR Library



Free and open to all

Contact E-Mail

Contact Name

Deb Lamb-Deans

Contact Phone



Louis Hyman

Speaker Affiliation

School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Recent Activity