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 2020-2021, all sessions will meet virtually via Zoom at 3:30 pm Central Time. 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 2021-2022 Labor History Seminar is now open. Please see the Labor History Call for Proposals here. Please find the application form here.

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Seminar Schedule 2020-2021

Friday, September 11, 2020
The Wise Men of New Haven: An Urban and Labor History of American Bagels, Jacob Remes
Friday, October 30, 2020
This seminar is now full. Thank you for your interest. Escaping Slavery by Sea in Antebellum America: A Labor History, Marcus Rediker
Friday, December 4, 2020
“Fighting for Our Livelihoods:” The League of Revolutionary Struggle on Plant Closings, Reaganomics, and Job Security, Eddie Bonilla
Friday, January 15, 2021
The 1939 Strike and the Origins of Chrysler Exceptionalism, Steve Rosswurm
Friday, February 26, 2021
The Labor Board Crew: Remaking Worker-Employer Relations from Pearl Harbor to the Reagan Era, Ron Schatz
Friday, March 26, 2021
“A Campaign for Alternative Development”: The Fight Against Interstate Highway Construction and the Rural-Urban Political Divide, 1970-1978, Adam Mertz
Friday, April 30, 2021
“They Charged With Their Clubs Uplifted”: The Tompkins Square Riot of 1874, and the Limits of the Democratic Public Sphere, Wesley Bishop