About the Series

History@Work is an occasional series inviting scholars, writers, advocates, and activists to address compelling contemporary labor questions within historical context.


Fall 2021 Events

Worker's Power and the Politics of Narrative

Naomi R Williams, assistant professor of labor studies and employment relations, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations

November 3, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. | Geddes Hall, Andrews Auditorium

This talk looks at the ways worker activists in Racine, Wisconsin, used their knowledge of local history and past labor struggles to craft a narrative that kept working-class politics at the center of debates around economic and social issues in the city from WWII to the 1980s. Using public rallies, strike activities, and media appearances, workers took each opportunity to highlight the vital role of working people to the welfare and economic success of Racine.

Cosponsors for this event include the Department of History, American Studies, Africana Studies, and the Initiative on Race and Resilience.


Stay tuned for news of additional events in the History@Work series during the 2021–22 academic year. In the meantime, check out our archive of prior speakers.

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Upcoming Events

May 2022

Graduate Summer Institute for Engaged Research and Teaching
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 12:00am to Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 11:45pm

June 2022

The patient revolution: Seeking careful and kind healthcare
Friday, June 3, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Information Session | RISE: Hometown
Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 7:00pm
Preferred Application Deadline | Graduate Fellowship
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Information Session | RISE: South Bend
Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 7:00pm