Labor Café Archive 2018-19

Labor Café Sessions 2018–19

Topic: A Labor Question Grab Bag
Friday | April 26, 2019 | 5:00–6:00 PM | Geddes Hall, Coffee House

Facilitators: Labor Café Regulars

Topic: “Modern Day Slavery? An Introduction to Privatized Prisons”
Friday | March 29, 2019 | 5:00–6:00 PM | Geddes Hall, Coffee House

Facilitators: Students in Mike Hebbler’s Advocacy for the Common Good course (CSC 33900)

  • Maddie Whitney (Business Analytics and Public Service ’22), Sophia Henn (Peace Studies, Music Theory, Economics ’21), Elaine Carter (Accounting ’22)


Topic: “Labor’s Revival? Signs of Life in Unions and Class Politics”
Friday | February 22, 2019 | 5:00–6:00 PM | Geddes Hall, Coffee House

Facilitator: Tony Flora (AFL-CIO North-Central Indiana Chapter President)

Topic: “Work, Race, and MLK’s Legacy in 2019”
Friday | January 18, 2019 | 5-6 PM | Geddes Hall, Coffee House

Facilitators: Eve Kelly (Advisor, First Year of Studies) and Kyle Lantz (Social Concerns Seminars Director)

Topic: “Quick Grub Nation: Americans’ Relationship to Food — as Workers, Consumers, and Eaters”

Friday | November 16, 2018 | 5-6 PM | Geddes Hall, Coffee House
Facilitator: Maria “Ale” Orellana Muniz (POLS ’20)

This session of the Labor Café was part of the Chuck Craypo Memorial Series.

Topic: “Why are US wages flat despite low unemployment?”

Friday | October 26, 2018 | 5-6 PM | Geddes Hall, Coffee House

Facilitators: Dan Graff, Director, Higgins Labor Program, and Anna Scartz (ANTH & ECON ’20)


Topic: The Devil’s Highway

Friday | September 21, 2018 | 4:30-5:30 PM | Geddes Hall Coffeehouse
Facilitator: Dan Graff, Director, Higgins Labor Program 
This special edition of the Labor Cafe featured a discussion of Luis Alberto Urrea’s The Devil’s Highway, a haunting true account of undocumented immigrants, coyotes, and border agents. It was part of a broader Center for Social Concerns book read in anticipation of Urrea’s campus visit on Oct. 2. 

Topic: “Scratch your Labor Day itch by discussing what’s on your mind about the world of work”​

Friday | August 31, 2018 | 5–6 PM | Geddes Hall Coffee House
Facilitator: Dan Graff, Director, Higgins Labor Program