posts categorized as2017 Seattle Live Blog

Ludlow: Greek Americans in the Colorado Coal War

by on June 25, 2017

Saturday’s session on the Documentary Ludlow: Greek Americans in the Colorado Coal War offered a new transnational perspective on a well-known topic. We had the filmmaker, Frosso Tsouka, who told of how the current economic austerity and struggles in Greece helped to prompt the film.

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Industrial Nostalgia and Heritage Preservation

by on June 25, 2017

Friday’s session on Industrial Nostalgia and Heritage Preservation alerted us to the way that industrial decline has become the basis for historical interpretations. The role of professional heritage specialists was profiled as well.

Stephan Berger of Ruhr University, Bochum presented “Industrial Heritage Without Class?

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Awards and business meeting

by on June 25, 2017

Awards and Business meeting, Saturday: One of the real pleasures of LAWCHA is our awards. We now give out two book awards, the Taft (in conjunction with the Cornell ILR School) and the Montgomery (in conjunction with the OAH), the Gutman Dissertation Award, and the occasional distinguished service award.

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Global labor migration

by on June 25, 2017

Global labor migration session, Saturday: If the #lawcha2017 opening session was a barn-burner, so too was what was for me the end of the formal conference (I didn’t go to tonight’s plenary, and I leave early tomorrow morning): a round-table on labor and migration–really about globalization and enclosure–with some of LAWCHA’s stars: Annelise Orleck, Nafeesa Tanjeem, Eileen Boris, and Nelson Lichtenstein, chaired by Eric Arneson.  

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Remembering Jim Green

by on June 24, 2017

Remembering Jim Green, Saturday Session: A year ago, LAWCHA lost a stalwart: Jim Green, LAWCHA’s third president. At a panel on Friday afternoon, we remembered him as a teacher, as a scholar, as a public historian, as a leader of the labor history profession, and as, for so many of us, a mentor and friend.

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“Traveling the World: Workers’ Transnationalism”

by on June 24, 2017

A panel on Friday called “Traveling the World: Workers’ Transnationalism” was a example of another valuable thing about LAWCHA panels: thoughtful comments and discussions. The papers were good and interesting too–I summarize them in the tweets embedded below–but I want to really highlight Dana Frank’s commentary, which pushed the speakers and indeed the audience in a new direction.

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Religious history at #lawcha2017

by on June 24, 2017

Religious history panel, Friday Morning: One of the things I most enjoy about LAWCHA conferences is how ecumenical they are. Labor and working-class history is a broad church. Friday morning I went to a panel entitled Religious Leaders, Grassroots Responses, and Political Change.

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Thursday Night’s Mass Incarceration Plenary

by on June 24, 2017

On Thursday evening, the 2017 LAWCHA conference opened with a barn-burner of a plenary on mass incarceration and prison labor, featuring Heather Thompson, Kelly Lytle Hernandez, and Chelsea Nation and moderated by Julie Greene.  I live-tweeted it (it turns out that I’m a better tweeter than a blogger), and I’ll embed my tweets below.

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A strike and an uprising [in Texas]

by on June 23, 2017

I was very impressed with Friday’s fine cut screening of session B.7 “A strike and an uprising [in Texas]”: an experimental telling of the pecan shellers strike of 1938 led by Emma Tenayuca and the 1987 Jobs with Justice march of 3,000 in Nacogdoches.

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