Events

Upcoming Events


  • LAWCHA Pandemic Book Talk :Michael Goldfield, The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s

    August 20
    via Zoom

    LAWCHA’s Pandemic Book Talks feature talks by LAWCHA members whose books launched in the midst of (or just before) the pandemic. Book talks will feature a presentation and discussion. Join us August 20 for Michael Goldfield, The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s (Oxford University Press, 2020).

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  • LAWCHA Pandemic Book Talk :Marjoleine Kars, Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast

    September 17, 2020
    via Zoom

    Front Cover LAWCHA’s Pandemic Book Talks feature talks by LAWCHA members whose books launched in the midst of (or just before) the pandemic. Book talks will feature a presentation and discussion. Join us September 17 for Marjoleine Kars, Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast (The New Press, 2020).

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  • LAWCHA Pandemic Book Talk :Touré Reed, Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism

    October 15, 2020
    via Zoom

    9781786634382 LAWCHA’s Pandemic Book Talks feature talks by LAWCHA members whose books launched in the midst of (or just before) the pandemic. Book talks will feature a presentation and discussion. Join us for Touré Reed, Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism (Verso, 2020).

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  • LAWCHA Pandemic Book Talk :Robert Chase, We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners Rights in Postwar America

    November 19, 2020
    via Zoom

    We Are Not Slaves LAWCHA’s Pandemic Book Talks feature talks by LAWCHA members whose books launched in the midst of (or just before) the pandemic. Book talks will feature a presentation and discussion. Join us November 19 for Robert Chase, We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners Rights in Postwar America (University of North Carolina Press, 2020).

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  • Workers on the Front Lines :LAWCHA 2021 Annual Conference

    May 26-28, 2021
    Chicago, Illinois

    Be it in pandemics, natural disasters, industrial “accidents,” or wars, workers always have been and remain on the front lines. The coronavirus crisis has put many workers in harm’s way. Too many are deemed “essential” and then underpaid while workers better paid and sheltering in place also suffer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Globally, precarious workers take home poverty wages while forced by employers to undergo new bodily policing procedures and risk their health and safety and that of their communities. This crisis has widened and deepened when it intersected with protests exploding in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. The pre-existing conditions of racism and police brutality—combined with COVID-19—further exposed the problems of a capitalist society designed to put profits above workers at all costs. Collectively, these intertwined crises reveal the deep significance of labor and working-class history to understanding our current moment. In 2021, LAWCHA seeks presentations that explore the experiences of workers on the front lines, interrogating the meanings of “essential” and “front line” across time and place, examining the stories of workers at the forefront of movements for democracy, sovereignty, rights, and freedoms, and what those histories mean for us today. Truly, there is no better place to hold this conference than Chicago.

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Past Events


  • Workers on the Front Lines :LAWCHA 2021 Annual Conference

    May 26-28, 2021
    Chicago, Illinois

    Be it in pandemics, natural disasters, industrial “accidents,” or wars, workers always have been and remain on the front lines. The coronavirus crisis has put many workers in harm’s way. Too many are deemed “essential” and then underpaid while workers better paid and sheltering in place also suffer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Globally, precarious workers take home poverty wages while forced by employers to undergo new bodily policing procedures and risk their health and safety and that of their communities. This crisis has widened and deepened when it intersected with protests exploding in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. The pre-existing conditions of racism and police brutality—combined with COVID-19—further exposed the problems of a capitalist society designed to put profits above workers at all costs. Collectively, these intertwined crises reveal the deep significance of labor and working-class history to understanding our current moment. In 2021, LAWCHA seeks presentations that explore the experiences of workers on the front lines, interrogating the meanings of “essential” and “front line” across time and place, examining the stories of workers at the forefront of movements for democracy, sovereignty, rights, and freedoms, and what those histories mean for us today. Truly, there is no better place to hold this conference than Chicago.

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  • LAWCHA Pandemic Book Talk :Robert Chase, We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners Rights in Postwar America

    November 19, 2020
    via Zoom

    We Are Not Slaves LAWCHA’s Pandemic Book Talks feature talks by LAWCHA members whose books launched in the midst of (or just before) the pandemic. Book talks will feature a presentation and discussion. Join us November 19 for Robert Chase, We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners Rights in Postwar America (University of North Carolina Press, 2020).

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  • LAWCHA Pandemic Book Talk :Touré Reed, Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism

    October 15, 2020
    via Zoom

    9781786634382 LAWCHA’s Pandemic Book Talks feature talks by LAWCHA members whose books launched in the midst of (or just before) the pandemic. Book talks will feature a presentation and discussion. Join us for Touré Reed, Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism (Verso, 2020).

    Read More
  • LAWCHA Pandemic Book Talk :Marjoleine Kars, Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast

    September 17, 2020
    via Zoom

    Front Cover LAWCHA’s Pandemic Book Talks feature talks by LAWCHA members whose books launched in the midst of (or just before) the pandemic. Book talks will feature a presentation and discussion. Join us September 17 for Marjoleine Kars, Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast (The New Press, 2020).

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  • LAWCHA Pandemic Book Talk :Michael Goldfield, The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s

    August 20
    via Zoom

    LAWCHA’s Pandemic Book Talks feature talks by LAWCHA members whose books launched in the midst of (or just before) the pandemic. Book talks will feature a presentation and discussion. Join us August 20 for Michael Goldfield, The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s (Oxford University Press, 2020).

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  • LAWCHA Pandemic Book Talk :Verónica Martínez-Matsuda, Migrant Citizenship: Race, Rights, and Reform in the Farm Labor Camp Program 

    July 16, 2020
    via Zoom

    Migrant Citizenship LAWCHA’s Pandemic Book Talks feature talks by LAWCHA members whose books launched in the midst of (or just before) the pandemic. Book talks will feature a presentation and discussion. On July 16, Verónica Martínez-Matsuda presented Migrant Citizenship: Race, Rights, and Reform in the Farm Labor Camp Program (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020). To view a recording of the event, click here.

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  • American Unemployment :Past, Present, and Future by Frank Stricker

    June 18, 2020
    via Zoom

    The Labor and Working Class History Association’s Pandemic Book Talks Presents: American Unemployment: Past, Present, and Future by Frank Stricker
    Professor Emeritus of History, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Labor Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills

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  • 2020 LAWCHA Presidential Address by Julie Greene

    April 3, 2020
    via Zoom

    “Rethinking the Boundaries of Class: Lessons from Transnational Labor History and the Neoliberal University,” with responses from Joe William Trotter, Lara Putnam and Trevor Griffey  

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  • Continuing the Struggle :The International Labor Organization (ILO) Centenary and the Future of Global Worker Rights

    November 21-22, 2019
    Washington, DC

    New Submission Deadline: February 1, 2019 This conference will mark the centenary of that watershed event.  It will be both retrospective and prospective. 

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  • “While There Is A Soul In Prison, I Am Not Free” :The History of Solidarity in Social and Economic Justice

    November 13-14, 2020
    Indiana State University

    Sponsored by the Eugene V. Debs Foundation, the Cunningham Memorial Library, and the Department of History at Indiana State University

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  • Workers on the Move, Workers’ Movements :LAWCHA 2019 Conference

    May 30-June 1, 2019
    Duke University, Durham, NC

    The Labor and Working-­‐Class History Association, an organization of scholars, teachers, students, labor educators and activists, welcomes proposals for the 2019 LAWCHA conference at Duke University in Durham, NC, May 30-­June 1. The conference theme will be Workers on the Move, Workers’ Movements.

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  • Long-term global perspectives on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace :Policy and practice

    March 8-10, 2020
    The Museum of Work, Norrköping,Sweden

    This interdisciplinary conference aims to assemble knowledge about ways of preventing and tackling sexual harassment. We also invite activists, labor organizations, policy makers and other stakeholders to take part in the conference.

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  • Take the Pledge :February 16 National Stayaway Day

    February 16, 2019
    Everywhere

    This resistance will involve protests at airports and other federal facilities and a call to federal workers to stay away from work.  The concept of a “stayaway” is borrowed from the anti-apartheid movement South Africa, which used this form of protest effectively.

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  • Forty Years of the Working Class in American History Series :Looking Forward and Back

    Saturday, October 27, 11am
    The Newberry, Chicago, Illinois

    Includes labor historians, Leon Fink, editor of Labor: Studies in Working Class History, former LAWCHA board members, LAWCHA president Julie Greene, Gutman Prize winner Jessica Wilkerson, and many others.

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  • 40th Annual North American Labor History Conference

    October 18-20, 2018
    Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

    The Program Committee of the North American Labor History Conference (NALHC), an international conference with a global perspective on labor and working-class history, invites proposals for case studies, project demonstrations, papers, panels, roundtables, and workshops on the theme Labor and History in the 21st Century for our fortieth anniversary annual meeting.

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  • LRAN :Labor Research and Action Network Annual Conference

    May 31-June 1, 2018
    Vanderbilt University

    Scholars, labor practitioners, and activists from across the country will convene in Nashville, TN to share new ideas and lessons learned, and connect around research and campaign work. We hope this conference is an opportunity to develop an offensive strategy in the changed political climate nationwide, and to learn from the unique challenges faced by organizers and researchers in the South and in right to work states, including from active campaigns in the Nashville area.

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  • Disorganized/De-organized/Reorganized :Midwest Labor and Working Class History Colloquium 2018

    May 26, 2018
    University of Iowa, Iowa City

    The 2018 colloquium, titled “Disorganized/De-organized/Reorganized,” will feature a keynote address by Professor Rosemary Feurer of Northern Illinois University, as well as a roundtable of community activists and local labor organizers. All presentations will be free and open to the public.

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  • Dirty Work :SLSA 2018 Conference

    May 17-19, 2018
    Richard B. Russell Library on the University of Georgia

    The Southern Labor Studies Association will convene the 2018 Southern Labor Studies Conference in Athens, GA, at the Richard B. Russell Library on the University of Georgia campus, May 17-19, 2018. The conference will gather academics, activists, archivists, and students for three days of panels, roundtables, book discussions, and other sessions organized around the theme of “Dirty Work.”

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  • LAWCHA at the OAH

    April 12-14
    Sacramento, California

    LAWCHA will be present at the 2018 OAH in Sacramento, California. We have a full schedule of panels and events associated with the conference.

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  • Higher Education Labor-Management Conference

    December 1-2, 2017
    California State University, Long Beach The Pointe Conference Center

    The National Center is pleased to announce that online registration has begun for a higher education labor-management conference on December 1-2, 2017 at California State University, Long Beach.

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  • To ‘Joy :A Symposium on Black Feminist Histories

    December 1-2, 2017
    125 Minor Hall, University of Virginia

    To ‘Joy is a celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the publication of Tera W. Hunter’s landmark book, To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors After the Civil War.

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  • 140th Anniversary of 1877 Railroad Strike

    July 14-15, 2017
    Baltimore, Maryland

    We are planning a 140th anniversary celebration and discussion about the 1877 rail strike, which began in Baltimore at what is now our baseball stadium. We will have an event July 14-16, 2017, at the historical marker commemorating the strike and a reception at The Irish Railroad Workers Shrine to describe the impact of the strike. We would love to have more participants with any broader discussion of the strike–it’s not a formal “conference” but a way to remember our history. Contact Bill Barry [email protected] for more information.

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  • LRAN Conference, 2017

    June 8-9, 2017
    Howard University, Washington, D.C.

    The 2017 Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) national conference will be held Thursday, June 8th and Friday, June 9th at Howard University in Washington DC, hosted by the Department of Political Science.

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  • Labor Mobilizations and Movements :From the Local to the Global

    June 2, 2017
    Memphis, Tennessee

    The one-day MLWCH colloquium will be held at the University of Memphis in the University Center. All presentations are free and open to the public.  This year’s plenary roundtable explores the intersection of labor and working-class history, activism, and the scholarship on teaching and learning.

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  • Working-Class Studies Association Annual Conference

    May 31-June 3, 2017
    TBA

    The WCSA 2017 conference seeks to take stock of the legacy, present, and future possibilities of the idea of “class struggle.”

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