Labor Café

Labor Curious? Visit the Labor Café, where ND talks work!

The Labor Café convenes the Notre Dame community for casual conversation on contemporary questions about work, workers, and workplaces. What rights and protections should those who work for others have? What's the proper role for government in the economy? How should we address enduring problems of inequality, poverty, and lack of opportunity? And what does Catholic Social Teaching have to say about these labor questions? Participants choose the concrete topics, all people are welcome, and all opinions are entertained.

The Labor Café Persists Virtually in the Spring 2021 Semester! Join us via Zoom on the first Friday of each month.

Next up:

Friday, March 5, 2021, 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Topic: The Care Economy: What is it? Who works in it, and why are they paid so poorly? And what is the Biden Administration's vision for it?

Facilitator: Dan Graff, Director, Higgins Labor Program

Resources to get the conversation started: 

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Note: This session of the Labor Café serves as a lead-in to the virtual visit by Ai-jen Poo, Cofounder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Worker Alliance, on Thursday, March 11, at 7pm. Poo is the inaugural speaker in the Distinguished Asian American Speaker Series of the Notre Dame's Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies. The Higgins Labor Program is a proud cosponsor of Poo's talk.



Friday, April 9 (April 2 is Good Friday, so we will meet a week later) | 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 7 | 5:00 p.m.
Topics, facilitators, and resources to be determined.


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Upcoming Events

March 2021

Labor Café Goes Virtual! March First Friday
Friday, March 5, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Higgins Labor Film Club: Roma (2018)
Sunday, March 7, 2021 - 3:00pm
Academic Journeys Night
Sunday, March 7, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
BetterTogetherND Spring 2021 Launch
Monday, March 8, 2021 (All day)
CVN VolunteerFest: Post-Grad Service Fair (Virtual)
Monday, March 8, 2021 - 8:00pm to 11:45pm
CVN VolunteerFest: Post-Grad Service Fair (Virtual)
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 8:00pm to 11:45pm
CVN VolunteerFest: Post-Grad Service Fair (Virtual)
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 8:00pm to 11:45pm
CVN VolunteerFest: Post-Grad Service Fair (Virtual)
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 8:00pm to 11:45pm
2021 CST Conference: Justice in the World (Virtual)
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:45pm
2021 CST Conference: Justice in the World (Virtual)
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 11:00am to 8:15pm
2021 CST Conference: Justice in the World (Virtual)
Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:15pm

April 2021