History@Work Archive


"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