History@Work Archive


"Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Feminism and the Labor Movement"
Nancy Gabin, Associate Professor of History, Purdue University
Wednesday, October 7 | 4:30 PM | Via Zoom

Gabin visited Notre Dame virtually to reflect on her pioneering book, Feminism in the Labor Movement: Women and the United Automobile Workers, 1935-1975 (Cornell University Press, 1990).


"Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Feminism of the Labor Movement"

Nancy Gabin, Associate Professor of History, Purdue University

Wednesday, October 7 | 4:30 PM | Remote

The Higgins Labor Program thanks Professor Nancy Gabin for joining us to speak about her book, Feminism in the Labor Movement, and its contributions to the fields of labor, women's, and gender history, as well those fields intertwining paths over the past three decades.


“(Dock)Workers Matter: Struggles for Racial Equality in the United States and South Africa”

Peter Cole, Professor of History, Western Illinois University

Wednesday, February 12 | 5:30 PM | Geddes Hall, Andrews Auditorium 

Dr. Peter Cole spoke on the main themes of his book, Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area, and his effort to promote commemoration of the 1919 Chicago race riot.


"Race, Gender, and Union Organizing in the USA: Lessons from the 1970s for Today"

Lane Windham, Ph.D., Associate Director of Georgetown University's Kalamovitz Initiative on Labor and the Working Poor

Tuesday, December 3 | 6:30 PM | Geddes Hall, Andrews Auditorium

Author of the award-winning Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide (UNC Press, 2018), Dr. Windham spoke on her work and its relevance today.

This talk was cosponsored by the Departments of American Studies and History and the Gender Studies Program. 



"The New Era of Uprisings"

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 5:30 PM | Geddes Hall, Andrews Auditorium

Author of  Riot, Strike, Riot (Verso Press, 2016)

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” 

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

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



“Labor and the Churches”

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

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


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