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CURRENTS: Christy Chapin

Humanities Work Now


Performing Arts & Humanities Building : 216 and Online

Date & Time

November 27, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm


CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now is a lunchtime series that showcases exciting new faculty/student work in the humanities in a dynamic and inter-disciplinary setting. In general, two speakers will share the free hour with 2 short, informal presentations (10 min. ea.) and time for discussion.

The National Banking Acts: One Set of Legislation, Three Distinct Narratives
Christy Chapin, Associate Professor, History; Dresher Center Residential Faculty Research Fellow (Fall 2023)

 For her manuscript about the U.S. financial sector, Christy Chapin is currently working on a background chapter that examines the 1860s National Banking Acts as a way to introduce the book’s narrative “protagonists” – commercial banks. The chapter experiments with historical interpretation by presenting three distinct narratives of the National Banking Acts. Chapin contends that only by viewing the Acts through three separate storylines can readers fully appreciate how profoundly the legislation shaped both commercial banking and the broader financial sector.