The Labor Question goes to the movies in our ongoing partnership with the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
The Higgins Labor Program's FILM CLASSics series features important films — at least one per semester -- that probe questions of work, class, economics, identity, politics, daily life, and solidarity. Whether old or new, celebrated or obscure, famous or forgotten, these titles merit presentations in a social setting and on a big screen. 

NOTE: As of the spring 2021 semester, the pandemic is preventing group screenings, indeed all in-person campus events. In the meantime, join us for the following:

The Higgins Labor Film Club for Spring 2021

Miss going to the movies? So do we, but we’ve come up with the next best thing. The Higgins Labor Program has selected two great films for discussion this semester.

How does it work?

  • Watch the film on your own time. Access to titles varies; we recommend free options whenever possible.

  • RSVP for the Higgins Labor Film Club Zoom discussion. You’ll then receive a calendar invite with the Zoom info.

  • Join us on a Sunday afternoon for casual conversation about the movie with an expert from the Higgins Labor Program community

This spring semester’s features:

Sorry We Missed You (2019)
Sunday, February 21, 3-4p, via Zoom
RSVP here for the discussion, and we’ll send you the Zoom information.

ACCESSING the film: Notre Dame community members and patrons of the St. Joseph Valley Public Library can stream the film through Kanopy; it is also rentable via various online vendors.

Join Dr. Ted Barron, Executive Director of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, for a discussion of director Ken Loach’s searing portrait of the perils of trying to raise a family while toiling in today’s service economy. 

Note: This event is part of our Tony Flora Memorial Series. Tony, who passed away in December 2020, was a regular attendee of the Browning Cinema’s screenings, especially the Higgins Labor Program’s FILM CLASSics and Annual May Day Movies.


Roma (2018)
Sunday, March 7, 3-4p, via Zoom
RSVP here for the discussion, and we’ll send you the Zoom information.

ACCESSING the film: Alfonso Cuarón’s modern classic is available for streaming via Netflix, which requires a subscription. It is also available as a DVD in the Hesburgh Library.

Note: This event serves as a lead-in to the March 11 virtual talk by Ai-jen Poo, cofounder & Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, “Advancing Visibility, Dignity and Rights for Domestic Workers.” Poo is the inaugural speaker in the  Liu Institute’s Asian American Distinguished Speaker Series. The Higgins Labor Program is a proud cosponsor of this event.






Event Date
Higgins Labor CLASSics | Blue Collar (1978) 11/14/2021 - 3:00pm
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Upcoming Events

September 2021

Information Session | ISSLP 2022 (In-Person and Virtual)
Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

October 2021

Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Refugees
Friday, October 1, 2021 - 12:00pm
Information Session | ISSLP 2022 (In-Person Only)
Monday, October 4, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
What to do with my Ph.D.? Community Engagement Career Paths
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 7:00pm
The Social
Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Information Session | Catholic Social Tradition Minor
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 6:30pm
Information Session | ISSLP 2022 (In-Person and Virtual)
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Application Close | ISSLP 2022
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm

November 2021

Labor Café First Friday
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Dignity and Justice Workshop
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Higgins Labor CLASSics | Blue Collar (1978)
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 3:00pm

December 2021

Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Housing
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 12:00pm
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm