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Conference Schedule

Contemporary Activism in the Labor Movement Conference
Saturday, March 26, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Fashion Institute of Technology
7th Avenue at West 27th Street

Plenary and panels on Contemporary Activism in the Labor Movement. Historians and labor activists discuss a variety of contemporary labor struggles in the United States and around the world.

Sponsored by Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) and the United College Employees of FIT (UCE-FIT).

Exhibits by FIT students and artists from across the nation will run concurrently with the panels.

9- 10:30 am

Plenary breakfast on Contemporary Activism in the Labor Movement - featuring activists and organizers from many different industries. (Room D207)

  • Katie Quan - Chinese garment workers
  • Ai-jen Poo - domestic workers' organizing
  • Jaribu Hill - Mississippi Workers Center
  • Chaumtoli Huq - transportation workers organizing
  • Rose Turner and Sarah White - Delta Pride catfish workers
  • Cecil Roberts - United Mine Workers

10:30 am - Noon

Panel 1 - Disaster and its Impact (Room A306)

  • Howard Lupovitch, Not So Golden After All:  The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in the European Jewish Press
  • Mark Noon, Two Fires, Two Tragedies: Comparing Avondale and Triangle
 

Panel 2 - Labor, Environment, and Public Health Movements in Working-Class Communities (Room A317)

  • Les Leopold, Director, Labor Institute and Public Health Institute, NYC
  • William Brucher, Brown University, From the Picket Line to the Playground: Labor, Environmental Activism, and the International Paper Strike in Jay, Maine
  • Merlin Chowkwaynun, University of Pennsylvania, Labor and the New Environmental Health Risk: Regional Perspectives
  • Kevin C. Brown, Carnegie Mellon University, Working Environments' in Lumber: The Louisiana Experience, 1890-1920
 

Panel 3 - "Safety in the Modern Plantation: Women's Agency and Workers' Conditions in the Mississippi Delta" (Room A336)

  • Laura Lovett, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Francoise Hamlin and Rose Turner, United Food and Commercial Workers
  • Sarah White, Mississippi Catfish Workers
  • Jaribu Hill, Director, Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Panel 1 - Teaching Tragedy: From Middle School to College (Room A306)

  • Patricia A. Reeve, Suffolk University
  • Cybèle Locke, Connecticut College
  • Kathleen Banks Nutter, Stony Brook University
  • Adrienne Andi Sosin, Education & Labor Collaborative, NYC
  • Maribeth Whitehouse, Bronx Intermediate School 190
 

Panel 2 - Practicing Historical Memory: Cultural Responses to the Triangle Fire (Room 317)

  • Annie Lanzillotto, Poet and Activist, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Janet Zandy, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Florence Howe, emerita, Graduate Center, CUNY, emerita, Feminist Press
  • Ester Reiter, York University, Zingen far Sholem, Zingen Far Broyt/ Sing for Peace, Sing for Bread: Culture and Political Activism among the Jewish Left in Canada, 1920s-1930s, and its Legacy

Panel 3 - Organizing the Usable Past (Room 336)

  • Daniel Katz, SUNY, Empire State College
  • Lara Vapnek, St. John's University
  • Robbie Lieberman, Southern Illinois Univeristy, Carbondale
  • Paul Mishler, Indiana University, South Bend
(1:30 - 3:30 pm)

Panel 4 - Student Activism Workshop (Room A337)
Authentic Solidarity in Student-Labor Organizing Led by college students and alums, this workshop will explore the various routes to creating authentic solidarity in the context of student-labor organizing. Using examples from our own student activism, we will consider how to build and sustain labor campaigns that win concrete victories and negotiate student, worker and faculty roles. We will also discuss strategic ways to develop an organizing structure that ensures institutional memory among various constituencies to build student and worker power. Contact Person: Caitlin DuBois, Smith College

(1:00 pm) Panel 5 - Triangle Memorial Planning Meeting (Room A342)
3:30 - 4:15 pm

Closing Talk
Richard Greenwald - Triangle in The Light of the 21st Century
(Room D207)

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