Higgins Labor Program History

The Higgins Labor Program was established in 1993 as the Higgins Labor Research Center (HLRC) under the direction of founder Chuck Craypo (1936-2009), Professor of Economics. Building on the Catholic Social Tradition's deep commitments to the dignity of labor and the rights of workers, the HLRC beckoned engaged faculty, staff, and students to carry on the legacy of "labor priests" such as Monsignor John Ryan (1869-1945).

The HLRC took its name from another noted labor priest, Monsignor George Higgins (1916-1922): labor economist and writer; fierce promoter of unions and workers’ rights; longtime advisor to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on questions of social justice; and worthy recipient of both the US Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation's highest civilian honor) and Notre Dame's prestigious Laetare Medal (for exemplary public service by a Catholic).

Craypo was succeeded as director by fellow labor economist, professor of economics, and noted retirement expert Teresa Ghilarducci, who ran the HLRC from 1997-2007 before becoming professor and Director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at The New School.

In 2001, Rev. Mark Fitzgerald, CSC, a professor of labor economics and organizer of the Union-Management Conference (UMC) held annually at Notre Dame for almost fifty years, entrusted his legacy of promoting the dignity of workers to the HLRC.

In 2008, the HLRC was renamed the Higgins Labor Studies Program (HLSP), an interdisciplinary unit of Notre Dame's Center for Social Concerns dedicated to fostering research, teaching, and programming on labor issues. Marty Wolfson, Associate Professor of Economics, served as director of the HLSP from 2008 until his retirement in 2014. During Wolfson's tenure, labor historian and history faculty member Dan Graff served as Associate Director.

In 2014, Dan Graff, Professor of the Practice in the Department of History, was named director, and in 2015 he renamed the unit the Higgins Labor Program (HLP) in order to convey the breadth of research, teaching, and community engagement efforts both currently underway and envisioned for the future.

Today the Higgins Labor Program proudly carries on the tradition of both labor priests and labor scholars.

Have a question or a comment about the history of the Higgins Labor Program? Leave a comment via email at dgraff@nd.edu.

 

View All Events

Upcoming Events

January 2022

18
Literally, Black@ND
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 7:00pm
20
Social Concerns Fair 2022
Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
25
Virtual Postgraduate Service Fair
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
26
Virtual Postgraduate Service Fair
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
28
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, January 28, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
31
Virtues and Vocations presents Mary Gentile: Giving Voice to Values
Monday, January 31, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

February 2022

01
Application Close | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
04
Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Education
Friday, February 4, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
14
Proposal Deadline | Community Impact Grants
Monday, February 14, 2022 - 4:30pm

March 2022

16
Catholic Social Tradition Minor Open House & Info Session
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm