History@Work Archive


"The New Era of Uprisings"

Joshua Clover, Professor of English, University of California-Davis

Author of  Riot, Strike, Riot (Verso Press, 2016)
Wednesday | November 7 | 5:30 PM | Geddes Hall, Andrews Auditorium

Clover was a guest of Dr. Héctor A. Melo Ruiz, postdoctoral scholar in Spanish, in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. The Higgins Labor Program was a happy cosponsor of this talk.


"Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth-Century America"

Emily Twarog, Associate Professor of History and Labor Studies, University of Illinois

Monday | October 29, 2018 | 5:30 PM | Geddes Hall, Andrews Auditorium

Twarog addressed the major argument and themes of her Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth-Century America (Oxford Press, 2017).
This talk was cosponsored by the Departments of History and American Studies, as well as the Gender Studies Program.



"Entangled in Empires: British Antillean Migrations and the World of the Panama Canal"

Julie Greene, Professor of History and Co-Director of the Center for Global Migration Studies, University of Maryland

Thursday | April 5, 2018 | 5:00 PM | 210 DeBartolo Hall

Greene is the author of The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal (Penguin Press, 2009) and Pure and Simple Politics: The American Federation of Labor and Political Activism, 1881-1917 (Cambridge University Press, 1998).

This talk was cosponsored by Department of History with generous support from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts & Letters, as well as the Kellogg Institute's Latin American History Working Group.


"Is 'Right-to-Work' Right?" 

Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Assistant Professor of History, Loyola University Chicago

Wednesday | February 28, 2018| 5:00 PM | Geddes Hall Auditorium (basement)

An expert on the history of the politics of “right to work,” Shermer is the author of Sunbelt Capitalism: Phoenix and the Transformation of American Politics and coeditor (with Nelson Lichtenstein) of The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination (both from University of Pennsylvania Press).

This talk was sponsored by the ND Students for Worker Justice and cosponsored by the Higgins Labor Program and the Constitutional Studies Minor.


“The Visual Politics of Labor: Ben Shahn and the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1937–1947"

Frances Pohl, Professor of Art History, Pomona College

Tuesday | October 10, 2017 |  5:00 PM | Snite Museum of Art Auditorium

This talk accompanied a Snite Museum of Art exhibit, "'For All These Rights We've Just Begun to Fight': Ben Shahn and the Art of Resistance." Curated in collaboration with the Higgins Labor Program, the exhibit features four political posters artist Ben Shahn designed for the ​labor movement during the 1946 pivotal congressional elections​; it ran from September through November, 2017.



“Sons of Vulcan: Industrial Relations and Attitudes towards Work among German and American Iron and Steel Workers in the 20th Century” 

Wednesday | September 28, 2016 | 5:30 PM | Geddes Hall, Andrews Auditorium

Thomas Welksopp, Professor of History, University of Bielefeld (Germany)



“Labor and the Churches”

Wednesday | September 16, 2015 | 7:00 PM  | Geddes Hall, Andrews Auditorium

Heath W. Carter, Assistant Professor of History, Valparaiso University

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