For over 900 years, cotton was the world’s most important manufacturing industry. It was a “global web of agriculture, commerce and industrial production” that ranged from the Americas and Britain to Egypt, Anatolia, India and Brazil. But this was commerce dependent on brutal slavery, staggering social inequality and frightening factory conditions. How did such a system evolve? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with SVEN BECKERT, the Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University about his new eye-opening social and economic history: EMPIRE OF COTTON: A GLOBAL HISTORY
Tonight on Inquiry, KATHLEEN A. BOGLE, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at LaSalle University, returns to Inquiry to talk about her previous book HOOKING UP: SEX, DATING, AND RELATIONSHIPS ON CAMPUS. Ms Bogle’s research offers fascinating insight into what really happens in the culture of hooking up on campus, how far do students go during a hook up, and gender differences that exist in expectations from a hook up. Do people still date? What happens when students graduate? What about virginity? Tune in for a serious and revealing discussion on sex and relationships on today’s campuses.