Tag: Working Class

STAYIN’ ALIVE: THE 1970s & THE LAST DAYS OF THE WORKING CLASS

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Jefferson Cowie
“‘No Time for Dreams’: The Unmaking of the American Working Class in the 1970s”
Tuesday, March 31, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar: “From the Sit-Downs to Seattle and Beyond: RCA Workers and the Future of Global Labor”
Wednesday, April 1, 11am, 5243 Humanities
“In Search of the Postmodern Working Class”
Wednesday, April 1, 4pm, 8417 Social Science

Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program and the Comparative US Studies Collective.

JEFFERSON COWIE (PhD History, UNC Chapel Hill 1997) is Associate Professor of History at Cornell University. His work focuses on workers and the problem of class in the postwar United States, as well as issues in international and comparative history. He is the author of Capital Moves: RCA's Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor, which received the Philip Taft Prize for the Best Book in Labor History for 2000, and co-editor of Beyond the Ruins: The Meanings of Deindustrialization. His newest book, Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class will be published in the fall of 2009. He is currently working with Nick Salvatore on The Long Exception: Rethinking the New Deal in American History. Cowie's commitment to undergraduate education is evident in his numerous teaching awards and his appointment as House Professor and Dean of Keeton House at Cornell University. He has been named a fellow by the American Council of Learned Societies; the Society for the Humanities at Cornell; and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

The Fight For Immigrant Rights And The U.S. Labor Movement

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Kent Wong
“Organizing Immigrant Workers: Building a New Labor Movement for a New Working Class”
Tuesday, September 24, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
“Immigration Reform and the Immigrant Youth Movement”
Wednesday, September 25, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, September 26, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies, the Labor & Working Class Studies Project and the School for Workers

KENT WONG is director of the Center for Labor Research and Education at UCLA, where he teaches Labor Studies and Ethnic Studies. Kent was previously staff attorney for the Service Employees International Union, representing Los Angeles County Workers, and the first staff attorney for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.  Kent served as the founding president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, and has also served as the national president of the United Association for Labor Education, and the University and College Labor Education Association. He is a vice president of the California Federation of Teachers, a co-chair of the California Speaker’s Commission on Labor Education, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Labor College. Kent has published numerous books on the labor movement, union organizing, and immigrant workers and students.  He regularly addresses union, community, and student conferences throughout the country. 

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