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Past Seminars in Labor History

Past Seminars

Friday, April 15, 2022
Making Privacy Popular: Labor and the Fourth Amendment, Sophia Z. Lee, University of Pennsylvania
Friday, March 25, 2022
The Last Peepshow: Gentrification, Corporatization, and Erotic Dance in Post-Industrial Cities, Dr. Jayne Swift, public scholar
Friday, February 18, 2022
The Essential Worker: A History from the Progressive Era to COVID-19, William P. Jones, University of Minnesota
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, December 3, 2021
‘Coolie’ Capacities and the Government of Able-Bodied Work, Allan Lumba, Virginia Tech
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
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Coerced: Work under Threat of Punishment, by Erin Hatton, SUNY-Buffalo From the publisher:
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
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, February 26, 2021
The Labor Board Crew: Remaking Worker-Employer Relations from Pearl Harbor to the Reagan Era, Ron Schatz
Friday, January 15, 2021
The 1939 Strike and the Origins of Chrysler Exceptionalism, Steve Rosswurm
Friday, December 4, 2020
“Fighting for Our Livelihoods:” The League of Revolutionary Struggle on Plant Closings, Reaganomics, and Job Security, Eddie Bonilla
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, September 11, 2020
The Wise Men of New Haven: An Urban and Labor History of American Bagels, Jacob Remes
Friday, February 28, 2020
Profit Splitting, Power Sharing, and Policy Setting: The UAW’s Forgotten Fight Against ‘Excess Profits’ and Economic Amnesia in the Contemporary USA, Daniel Graff
Friday, January 24, 2020
Organizing in the Jim Crow Timber Fields, David Marquis
Friday, December 6, 2019
“Labor’s Last Stand”: 1970s Energy Politics and the United Mine Workers in the American West, Ryan Driskell Tate
Friday, November 15, 2019
Cross-Sector Solidarity amid a Shifting Landscape, Naomi Williams
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Labor History Seminar Big Book Event
A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago since the 1960s, Elizabeth Todd-Breland
Friday, September 13, 2019
“I will be involved where the action is’: Coretta Scott King’s Life of Activism, Jewell C Debnam
Friday, April 12, 2019
The Chop Suey Strike of 1919: Chinese Workers, New York Radicalism, and the Origins of the First Red Scare
Friday, February 22, 2019
“Driven to Desperation:” African-American Labor, Navassa Island, and the Problem of Free Labor in the Nineteenth Century
Friday, January 25, 2019
Institutions of Working-Class Power in Pittsburgh, Sheffield, Baltimore and Liverpool: Mass Consumption, Mass Unions, and Labor Bureaucrats, 1880-1930
Friday, November 30, 2018
Labor History Seminar
Joint Seminar with Labor History and History of Capitalism
The Labor of Leisure: Civic Boosters, Labor Unions, and the Lifestyle Economics of Sunbelt Capitalism
Saturday, October 27, 2018
University of Illinois Press
Forty Years of the Working Class in American History Series: Looking Forward and Back / University of Illinois Press Leon Fink, Moderator University of Illinois Press Editors: Julie Greene, Jim Barrett, and Nelson Lichtenstein / University Of Illinois Press Authors: Jessica Wilkerson, Toby Higbie, and Joe William Trotter, Jr.
Friday, October 12, 2018
“Coors Beer, No Way!”: The Coors Boycott Coalition & the Grassroots Battle against the New Right in the ’80s
Friday, September 14, 2018
Who Commands the Police? The Fight Against Civilian Review and the Origins of Modern Police Unionism
Friday, April 27, 2018
Leveraging the ‘Kodak Zone’ Photography and the Making of Race and Class in the American Occupied Philippines
Friday, February 23, 2018
Becoming White Collar: Schools, Skills, and the Origins of American Inequality
Friday, January 19, 2018
Newcomers: Migration and Poverty Work in Chicago, 1956 to 1964
Friday, December 15, 2017
Who Designed This Upside Down System? Coal Miners’ Place in a New Energy Regime
Friday, November 17, 2017
GM Never Surrendered: Antiunion Politics on Auto Industry Shop Floors during the 1960s
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide Lane Windham, Georgetown University
Friday, September 15, 2017
“We Had the Right to Remain Silent, but We Ain’t Gonna Stay that Way”: The Rise of North Carolina’s Prisoner Labor Union, 1968-1974
Friday, May 5, 2017
Labor History Seminar
Risky Business: How the Rhetoric of Capitalism Made Environmental Risk Palatable for Twentieth-Century Texas Oil Communities
Friday, March 17, 2017
Labor History Seminar
Latino Workers and the Courts: MALDEF’s Sociolegal Struggles in Post-1965 California
Friday, February 17, 2017
Labor History Seminar
Closing the Border, Demonizing the Foreigner: Unions, Radicals and Fear in Depression Era Detroit.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Labor History Seminar
The Long Deep Grudge: An Epic Clash Between Big Capital and Radical Labor in the American Heartland
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Labor History Seminar
From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime by Elizabeth Hinton
Friday, September 23, 2016
Labor History Seminar
Blue-Collar Cosmopolitans: Toward a History of Working-Class Sophistication in the Industrial Era
Friday, April 29, 2016
Labor History Seminar
Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to the War on Crime Simon Balto, Ball State University
Friday, March 25, 2016
Labor History Seminar
The Fight for Good Government: Machine Politics and Municipal Reform in Chicago, 1955-1966 Richard Anderson, Princeton University
Friday, February 26, 2016
Labor History Seminar
Neo-Liberalism Before Its Time: Labor and the Free Trade Ideal in the Era of the Great Compression, 1945-1972 Dr. Leon Fink, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, January 29, 2016
Labor History Seminar
Lost Worlds?: Touring the Radical Past with Milwaukee’s Most Recent Socialist Mayor Dr. Aims McGuinness, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Friday, November 6, 2015
Labor History Seminar
Death Penalty for Integrated Dissent: 1930s Communists Caught in Georgia’s Dragnet Dr. Maryan Soliman, Washington University St. Louis
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Labor History Seminar
Authors Elizabeth A. and Ken Fones-Wolf: Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South: White Evangelical Protestants and Operation Dixie
Friday, September 11, 2015
Labor History Seminar
“Costa Rica’s Inter-American Highway: Building an Inter-American Dream, 1941-44” Dr. Carmen Kordick, Roosevelt University
Friday, March 6, 2015
Labor History Seminar
“Dropping Dead: Teachers, the New York City Fiscal Crisis, and Austerity” Jon Shelton, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Respondents: Jerald Podair, Lawrence University; Elizabeth Todd-Breland, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, February 13, 2015
Labor History Seminar
Not by the Hand of Clark Kerr: The Pacific Coast School for Workers and the Origins of Industrial Relations in the Multiversity Tobias Higbie, University of California, Los Angeles Respondents: James Barrett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; James Schmidt, Northern Illinois University
Friday, January 30, 2015
Labor History Seminar
“This Dastardly Act’: San Francisco’s 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing” Jeffrey Johnson, Providence College Respondents: Peter Cole, Western Illinois University; Kevin Boyle, Northwestern University
Friday, December 5, 2014
Labor History Seminar
“Waiting is the Hardest Part: Adult Film at the Point of Production” Heather Berg, University of California Santa Barbara Respondents: Jennifer Brier, University of Illinois at Chicago; Cynthia Blair, University of Illinois at Chicago
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Labor History Seminar
The Myth of Liberal Ascendency: Corporate Dominance from the Great Depression to the Great Recession, G. William Domhoff
The Newberry Labor History Seminar Book Symposium celebrates recent work in the field of Labor History with a day of rigorous discussion.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Labor History Seminar
“Providing Jobs, Disciplining Workers: Unemployment and Work Relief in Depression-Era Chile” Angela Vergara, California State University Los Angeles Respondents: Chris Boyer, University of Illinois at Chicago; Carmen Kordick, Roosevelt University
Friday, May 9, 2014
Labor History Seminar
“Sex and the ILO: Seafarers, Emigrants, and the Politics of Protection”
Friday, April 4, 2014
Labor History Seminar
“Children of Israel: The Faith, Politics, and Crises of Petro-Wealth in Depression-Era Texas”
Friday, February 28, 2014
Labor History Seminar
“’They are possessed of a gambling spirit’: Risk, Working-Class Individualism, and Anti-Unionism among the Metal Miners of Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, 1890-1946”
Friday, December 6, 2013
Labor History Seminar
“Immigration, Coalition, and Black-Brown Working-Class Politics in Chicago”
Friday, November 22, 2013
Labor History Seminar
“’A Precedent Worth Setting’: The U.S. Military and Humanitarian Operations”
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Labor History Seminar
Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life
Jonathan Sperber, University of Missouri
Friday, September 27, 2013
Labor History Seminar
“The Elusive Postwar Boom: Detroit Autoworkers in the 1950s”
Friday, April 19, 2013
Labor History Seminar
“’A Precedent Worth Setting’: The U.S. Military and Humanitarian Operations”Jana Lipman, Tulane University
Friday, March 22, 2013
Labor History Seminar
“A. Philip Randolph & the World: The Politics of Black Anticolonialism, Antifascism, & Anticommunism”Eric Arnesen, George Washington University
Friday, February 22, 2013
Labor History Seminar
“’This very troublesome business’: The Struggle for Control of Charleston’s Waterfront Workforce”Michael Thompson, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Labor History Seminar
“From the Hook to the Box: How Longshore Unions in the San Francisco Bay Area and Durban Survived the Container”Peter Cole, Western Illinois University
Friday, December 7, 2012
Labor History Seminar
“The Base of the Empire: Chicago’s Teamsters Local 743 and Montgomery Ward”Liesl Orenic, Dominican University
Friday, November 16, 2012
Labor History Seminar
“The National War Labor Board of World War II: A Re-Interpretation”Ron Schatz, Wesleyan University
Friday, October 26, 2012
Labor History Seminar
“‘Machines Work, Secretaries Think’: Sex Equality Law, the Comparable Worth Movement, and the Problem of Skill in Postwar Office Work”Katherine Turk, University of Texas at Dallas
Friday, September 21, 2012
Labor History Seminar
“Edge of Endurance: Mexican Migrant Workers and the Making of a North American Working Class, 1880-1945”Josef Barton, Northwestern University
Friday, April 13, 2012
Labor History Seminar
“The School of Hard Knocks: Learning, Living and the Politics of Working Class Knowledge”Tobias Higbie, University Of California, Los Angeles
Friday, March 16, 2012
Labor History Seminar
“Documentary Proof: Evidence of Age and the Campaign Against Child Labor in the United States” Susan Pearson, Northwestern University
Friday, February 3, 2012
Labor History Seminar
“Union Made: Working People and the Rise of the Social Gospel in Turn of the Century Chicago”Heath Carter, University of Notre Dame
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Labor History Seminar
Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America (Oxford University Press, 2011)Featuring Author Joseph McCartin, Georgetown University
Friday, December 2, 2011
Labor History Seminar
“ ‘It Was Nothing Short of War’: Street Railways and the Spread of Class Conflict in Early Twentieth Century Philadelphia”James Wolfinger, DePaul University
Friday, November 4, 2011
Labor History Seminar
“Transatlantic Women: Fishermen’s Wives’ Organizations in Gloucester and Hull”Colin Davis, University Of Alabama at Birmingham
Friday, October 14, 2011
Labor History Seminar
“Bionic Ballplayers: The Contractual Construction of Fitness in Major League Baseball, 1964- 2007”Sarah Rose, University of Texas at Arlington and Joshua Salzmann, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, April 15, 2011
“The Acid Attack on Victor Riesel and the Racketeer Menace in Cold War America”David Witwer, Penn State Harrisburg
Friday, March 25, 2011
“Land, Labor and Production in the Chilean Wine Industry”Angela Vergara, California State University, Los Angeles
Friday, February 18, 2011
“ ‘Nothing but Union Men’: A Black and White Workers Alliance in Industrializing Chicago”Margaret Garb, Washington University
Friday, January 21, 2011
“Transforming Chicago’s Industrial Periphery: The Early Development of Chicago Heights, East Chicago and Waukegan”Tamsen Anderson, DePaul University
Saturday, November 13, 2010
The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez’s Farm Worker Movement (Bloomsbury, 2009)Featuring author Miriam Pawel
Friday, October 15, 2010
“Boston’s ‘Black Abolitionists’ and the Radical Reconstruction of the Deep North”Stephen Kantrowitz, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Friday, September 24, 2010
“The Problem of Waged Labor”Robert J. Steinfeld, University of Buffalo
Friday, May 7, 2010
“The War of the Monkey Jackets: Anglo-American Trade, Cheap Goods, and the Panic of 1819” Scott Nelson, College of William and MaryCommentators:  Bruce Levine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and James Schmidt, Northern Illinois University
Friday, March 12, 2010
“Unionism and Civil Rights in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU): Bridging Activism from the 1940s to the 1960s in the San Francisco Bay Area” Jess Rigelhaupt, University of Mary WashingtonCommentators:  Edmund Wehrle, Eastern Illinois University, and John Rosen, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, February 5, 2010
“Why They Were Members of a Teachers Union: College Faculty and the AFT” Timothy Cain, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Commentators:  Lisa Philips, Indiana State University and Joe Berry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Friday, December 11, 2009
“ ‘For All Those Bending Years’: IRCA, the Dog War, and the Campaign to Turn International Temps into Immigrants”Cindy Hahamovitch, College of William and MaryCommentators:  Nancy MacLean, Northwestern University, and Will Jones, University of Wisconsin—Madison
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Saturday Symposium: Consumers—The Unknown Social Movement Debating Lawrence Glickman’s, Buying Power: A History of Consumer Activism in America (University of Chicago Press, 2009)Featuring author Lawrence Glickman, University of South Carolina
Friday, October 9, 2009
“Chicago Traders and Transnational Labor During the Long War for the West”Ann Keating, North Central College Commentators:  Fred Hoxie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Joe Bigott, Purdue University Calumet
Friday, September 25, 2009
“ ‘Perplexities Enough’: The Bodies and Minds of Working Class Women” Caroline Merithew, University of Dayton
Friday, May 8, 2009
“Rethinking the Popular Front” James Barrett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Friday, April 17, 2009
“Immigration Politics, Service Labor and the Problem of the Undocumented Worker in 1970s Los Angeles” Thomas Jessen Adams, University of Chicago
Friday, March 13, 2009
“In the Driver’s Seat: Black Power Unionism and Chicago’s Bus Drivers”Erik S. Gellman, Roosevelt University
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Not Right: Progressive Era Liberals and Open Shoppery Chad Pearson, University of Alabama in HuntsvilleCommentators: Shelton Stromquist, University of Iowa, and Rosemary Feuer, Northern Illinois University
Friday, January 9, 2009
“A Labor History of Hippies: The KMPX and Wild West Festival Strikes and Countercultural Workers in Late Sixties San Francisco” Michael J. Kramer, Northwestern University
Saturday, December 13, 2008
The North as a Civil Rights Battleground: Debating Thomas Sugrue’s Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the NorthFeaturing author Thomas Sugrue, Univesity of Pennsylvania
Friday, November 14, 2008
“Heretical Tendencies in the Kingdom of God: Radical Christian Intellectuals and the Ideological Boundaries of the Social Gospel” Dave Burns, Northern Illinois University
Friday, October 10, 2008
“’The Factions Guiding the CIO are Red and They Hope to Take the Blue and White Out of the Color of Our Flag’: Detroit Labor and Anticommunism” Colleen Doody, DePaul University
Friday, April 18, 2008
“Working-Class Utopia: Work, Masculinity, and Vice in Post-war Gary, Indiana” S. Paul O’Hara, Xavier University
Friday, March 14, 2008
“ ‘Will “our people” be any better off after this war?’: Spaces of Opportunity in Black Chicago, 1938–1947” Jeffrey Helgeson, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, February 15, 2008
“ ‘Bowlers First, Union Men Second’: The Politics of Race, Work, and Leisure in the UAW’s Campaign to Desegregate Bowling” Molly Hudgens, University of Chicago
Friday, January 18, 2008
“ ‘We Must Bring Together a New Coalition’: The Challenge of Working-Class White Ethnics to Color-Blind Conservatism in the 1970s” Dennis Deslippe, Franklin & Marshall College
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Rethinking Black Freedom in the Era of Slavery: The Challenge of Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s through the Civil WarFeaturing author Melvin Ely
Friday, December 7, 2007
“Youth Acculturation and Revolt in Mexican American South Texas: Understanding the Roots of Working-Class Ethnic Protest after 1960” Marc Rodriguez, Notre Dame University
Friday, October 26, 2007
“Of Tubs and Toil: Locating Kohler Village in an Empire of Hygiene, 1920–2000” Kathryn Oberdeck, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Friday, September 21, 2007
“Bulwark Against Radicalism: Labor Conservatives in World War I” Jennifer Luff, University of California at Los Angeles