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Past Events

  • Fighting Inequality :Class, Race, and Power

    May 28 – 31, 2015
    Washington, D.C.

    Download the program for the 2015 LAWCHA Conference. Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Joint Conference of the Labor and Working-Class History Association and the Working-Class Studies Association. Economic inequality, while long a challenge for working-class people, has grown and become increasingly central in public life. It has been a theme in struggles for justice for low-wage workers and has shaped policies related to education, housing, health care, and the right to organize.

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  • Labor Research & Action Network (LRAN) Annual Conference

    June 15 – June 16
    Washington, D.C.

    The Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) is a dynamic collaborative effort to connect workers’ rights organizations, academics and students to build workplace and economic power for working people in this country. Registration is now open for their annual conference and the program is online.

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  • 2015 Southern School for Working Women

    July 9 – 12, 2015
    Miami, Florida

    Join working women throughout the South for four days of training and networking. Women representing several unions and backgrounds join forces to share and develop leadership skills that will impact their dedication and hard work in the labor movement. Participants will have the opportunity to attend various workshops and sessions on the latest economic, social, and political trends affecting labor and women.

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  • Troublemakers :Chicago Freedom Struggles through the Lens of Art Shay

    September 17, 2015
    Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois

    LAWCHA member Erik Gellman shares with us a show that he is curating that will be of interest to LAWCHA members. In the mid-20th century, Chicago activists troubled the waters of postwar inequity as they sought to create a democratic urban America. As a 1948 transplant to the Windy City, photographer Art Shay traversed the city’s neighborhoods and suburbs, capturing confrontations in streets and alleys over civil rights, economic justice and political empowerment.

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  • Sharing the Gains – Containing Corporate Power :Global Labour University Conference

    September 30 – October 2, 2015
    AFL‐CIO Washington, D.C. Headquarters

    We would like to invite you to the 10th Annual Global Labour University (GLU) Conference, “Sharing the Gains – Containing Corporate Power.” The conference will take place at the AFL‐CIO Washington, D.C. headquarters (815 16th Street NW, Washington, DC) starting at 4:30pm on Wednesday, September 30 and concluding at 5:30pm on Friday, October 2, 2015.

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  • Labor, Law, and Progressive Activism :37th Annual North American Labor History Conference

    October 22-24, 2015
    Detroit, Michigan

    The program of the 37th annual North American Labor History Conference is available at

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  • European Labour History Network :First Conference

    December 14-16, 2015
    Turin, Italy

    The ELHN was founded in October 2013 in Amsterdam as a network of labour historians in order to bring together scholars with different institutional backgrounds (institutes, associations, archives, journals, study groups, individual researchers, etc.) and serve as an umbrella organization for smaller working groups with specific topics and tasks. The first Conference of the European Labour History Network (ELHN) will take place in Turin from 14-16 December 2015 at the University of Turin.

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  • On The Move! :Working Women and the Struggle for Social Justice

    March 4-5, 2016
    Sarah Lawrence College

    Working women have a long history of fighting injustice on multiple fronts and leading social change. A century ago, women labor activists played vanguard roles in movements for child protection, social welfare, and women’s rights in and beyond the workplace.

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  • LAWCHA at the OAH

    April 7-10, 2016
    Providence, Rhode Island

    The OAH has completed its interest page for the 2016 program in Providence, Rhode Island. It includes walking tours, dozens of panels, many of which with LAWCHA-member participants, and many LAWCHA-sponsored panels.

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  • Organizing for Power and Workers’ Rights in the Twenty-First Century :A Symposium

    April 14, 2016
    College Park, MD

    On April 14, 2016, University of Maryland Libraries’ Special Collections in Labor History & Workplace Studies will co-sponsor a program with the Center for the History of the New America. The symposium will explore workers and organizing in the twenty-first century. This event is open and free to the public. All are welcome to attend.

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  • Alice Kessler-Harris to be Honored at Hillman Prizes in Journalism :For the Sol Stetin Award in Labor History

    May 3, 2016
    New York, NY

    The Hillman Foundation extend an invitation to all to join them at the awards ceremony and reception on May 3, 2016 in NYC, where Alice Kessler-Harris will be honored with the Stetin Award for Labor History. Alice Kessler-Harris was president of LAWCHA in 2005-07. We congratulate her on this prestigious award, a recognition of the important work she has done to advance the field a labor history.

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  • Regina V. Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference

    May 12-15, 2016
    Grafton, IL

    Since 1988, the Regina V. Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference has been educating working women throughout the Midwest. This multi-union, multi-day residential program seeks to develop women’s leadership at work and in their communities as well as offer a chance for networking and mentoring in a restorative atmosphere. Application deadline: March 31, 2016.

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  • Labor History Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

    May 15, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
    University of Maryland (or Anywhere!)

    Join a community interested in promoting labor history by editing the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Part celebration and part workshop, Edit-a-Thons are organized around a single topic as a means to build awareness and community. We’ll draw content from labor-related collections at the University of Maryland, including the AFL-CIO Archives.

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  • Labor, Justice and the Environment :Pacific Northwest Labor History Association Annual Conference

    May 20-22, 2016
    Portland, Oregon

    The PNLHA invites proposals for presentations, workshops and performances that explore the historical experiences of workers and their organizations in the Pacific Northwest (USA and Canada). CFP Deadline: January 25, 2016.

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  • A Historical Look at Immigration and Unions :Wisconsin Labor History Conference

    May 21, 2016
    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    Please join the Wisconsin Labor History Society as we hold our 35th Annual Conference on Saturday May 21 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This year’s conference is entitled “A Historical Look at Immigration and Unions: Lessons for Today” and will feature a morning keynote address by renowned author, activist, and City University of New York Professor Immanuel Ness.

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  • Employment Relations in the Age of Uber :Assessing Our Past, Present, and Future

    May 26-29, 2016
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    The LERA Program Committee has issued a call to all members, employers/management, union members/labor, attorneys, neutrals, researchers, for session and paper proposals for stimulating, creative, and controversial symposia, workshops, panel discussions, and more, related to this year’s theme as well as other proposals that deal with topics of current interest and the mission of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA).

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  • Re-energizing Communities :Canadian Association for Work and Labor Studies Conference

    June 1-2, 2016
    Calgary, Canada

    The conference organizing committee invites submissions for participation in the 3rd annual conference of the Canadian Association of Work and Labour Studies (CAWLS). The committee welcomes proposals for single papers, multiple paper panels, roundtables and/or workshops. The participation of researchers in union and community settings is encouraged. CFP Deadline: December 1, 2015.

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  • Social Justice for a Global Working Class :MLWCH Colloquium

    June 10, 2016
    Purdue University

    With increased national awareness of police brutality, and economic exploitation many have argued the uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore, the battle against RFRA in Indiana, and the nation-wide Fight for 15! are the beginnings of a new era in civil rights grounded in working class social movements. As protesters chant “From Ferguson to Palestine,” scholars and activists are challenged to view oppression, and social reform as an international phenomenon impacting a global working class. CFP Deadline extended! New deadline is March 20.

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  • Labor Research Action Network Conference :2016

    June 24-25, 2016
    Chicago, IL

    The 2016 Labor Research and Action Network national conference will be held Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th at the DePaul University’s Loop Campus located in downtown Chicago, IL. The DePaul University Labor Education Center will host the conference. Scholars, labor practitioners, and activists from across the country will convene to share news ideas and lessons learned, and connect around research and campaign work.

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  • Workers and Global Cities :Detroit and Beyond

    October 20-22, 2016
    Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

    The 38th annual North American Labor History Conference will explore the connections between labor and urban history, workers and city-dwellers, in the context of globalization. We are interested in how “work,” “workers,” and “cities” remake and are remade by the global economy and by the dangers inherent in new global realities—where migration and exchange are seen both as constructive and destructive of urban life.

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  • Celebrating Jim Green’s Life and Work

    2pm, November 12, 2016
    Boston, Massachusetts

    The Labor Resource Center and many friends and family of Jim Green will be gathering to celebrate Jim’s life and work at 2 pm on Saturday, November 12, at the Carpenter’s union hall (750 Dorchester Ave, Boston MA), and we hope you can join us.

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  • LAWCHA at the OAH

    April 6-9, 2017
    New Orleans

    Please join us at the Organization of American Historians meeting in New Orleans. Our key event is a Saturday luncheon where we will announce awards and hear a keynote address by Talitha LaFlouria, winner of last year’s Philip Taft prize. Reservations are required and need to be made before April 1.

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  • Working-Class Studies Association Annual Conference

    May 31-June 3, 2017

    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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  • 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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  • 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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