The Newberry Seminar in Labor History | Newberry

The Newberry Seminar in Labor History

Mother Jones marching in Colorado. c.1910. Midwest MS Kerr, Bx.5, Fl.#79.

Mother Jones marching in Colorado. c.1910. Midwest MS Kerr, Bx.5, Fl.#79.

This seminar provides a forum for works in progress that explore the history of working class people, communities, and culture; class and state policy; unions and popular political movements; and other related topics. We are particularly interested in works that deal with gender, sexuality, race, migration, and the social history of work. Our focus has been on U.S. history, but we welcome papers on North America generally, and on transnational aspects of labor history.

In 2022-2023, some sessions will meet virtually via Zoom and others will meet in person at the Newberry. Be sure to take note of the meeting location. All participants must register in advance.

The seminar’s co-sponsors are the history departments of DePaul University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, and the Labor and Working-Class History Association. Co-coordinators are Peter Cole, Western Illinois University; Colleen Doody, DePaul University; Liesl Orenic, Dominican University; and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Loyola University Chicago.

The Call for Proposals for the 2022-2023 Labor History Seminar is now open. To apply, submit a one-page proposal and a brief CV at this link.

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View Past Seminars in Labor History.

Seminar Schedule 2021-2022

Saturday, October 9, 2021
Coerced: Work under Threat of Punishment, by Erin Hatton, SUNY-Buffalo From the publisher:
Friday, November 12, 2021
‘To attain undreamed heights”: Latino Leadership in Local 1010, Latinos as Establishment, and Sadlowski’s Steelworkers Fight Back Campaign, 1970-1981, Emiliano Aguilar, Northwestern University
Friday, December 3, 2021
‘Coolie’ Capacities and the Government of Able-Bodied Work, Allan Lumba, Virginia Tech
Friday, January 28, 2022
“Strive to possess land!” African Americans’ Quest to Own Farms as a Response to Limited Options, Adrienne Petty, College of William & Mary, and Mark Schultz, Lewis University
Friday, February 18, 2022
The Essential Worker: A History from the Progressive Era to COVID-19, William P. Jones, University of Minnesota
Friday, March 25, 2022
The Last Peepshow: Gentrification, Corporatization, and Erotic Dance in Post-Industrial Cities, Dr. Jayne Swift, public scholar
Friday, April 15, 2022
Making Privacy Popular: Labor and the Fourth Amendment, Sophia Z. Lee, University of Pennsylvania