McBride Lecture

Each year, the Higgins Labor Program invites a nationally recognized leader to speak on a contemporary labor topic, addressing both the campus and local communities. Established in 1977 by the United Steelworkers (USW) “to promote better understanding of the principles of unionism and our economy," the series honors the fourth international president of the USW, Lloyd McBride, who was president from 1977 to 1983. The USW has generously funded the annual McBride Lecture and associated activities since its inception.

Latest McBride Lecture

Tom Geoghegan

The 35th annual and most recent McBride Lecture was held on April 9, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame.
Tom Geoghegan, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, is a labor and public interest lawyer based in Chicago, as well as the author of six books, including the National Book Critics Circle finalist Which Side Are You On? Trying To Be For Labor When It's Flat on Its Back (1991) and the just-published Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement (2014). With characteristic self-deprecating wit, his latest effort offers provocative solutions to questions at the heart of the American experiment in the 21st century: dignity at the workplace, the ends of education, and the relationship between capitalism and democracy.