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.

Attacks on the freedom to organize in the last several decades have created new challenges for working people. New creative approaches have consequently emerged in sectors across the economy such as in domestic care, fast food, big box merchandising, etc. This symposium seeks to examine all those areas while also placing them within the context of a rapidly globalizing environment.

Elizabeth Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, will present the keynote address. Panelists include Eileen Boris, Teresa Casertano, Lane Windham, Elly Kugler, Nelson Lichtenstein, and Fekkak Mamdouh.

Afterwards, all are invited to join a reception in Hornbake Library, where attendees can enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and view items from UMD’s labor history collections as well as from the Gordon W. Prange Collection of Occupation-era Japanese print publications.

For more information, see the official site for Organizing for Power and Workers’ Rights in the Twenty-First Century: A Symposium »