About the Series

History@Work is an occasional series inviting scholars, writers, advocates, and activists to address compelling contemporary labor questions within historical context.


Fall 2021 Events

Worker's Power and the Politics of Narrative

Naomi R Williams, assistant professor of labor studies and employment relations, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations

November 3, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. | Geddes Hall, Andrews Auditorium

This talk looks at the ways worker activists in Racine, Wisconsin, used their knowledge of local history and past labor struggles to craft a narrative that kept working-class politics at the center of debates around economic and social issues in the city from WWII to the 1980s. Using public rallies, strike activities, and media appearances, workers took each opportunity to highlight the vital role of working people to the welfare and economic success of Racine.

Cosponsors for this event include the Department of History, American Studies, Africana Studies, and the Initiative on Race and Resilience.


Stay tuned for news of additional events in the History@Work series during the 2021–22 academic year. In the meantime, check out our archive of prior speakers.

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January 2022

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 7:00pm
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Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
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Friday, January 28, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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February 2022

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
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Friday, February 4, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Monday, February 14, 2022 - 4:30pm

March 2022

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