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LAWCHA is an organization of scholars, teachers, students, labor educators, and activists who seek to promote public and scholarly awareness of labor and working-class history through research, writing, and organizing.

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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 www.nalhc.wayne.edu.

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  • First Conference of the European Labour History Network (ELHN)

    December 14-16, 2015
    Turin, Italy

    The European Labour History Network (ELHN) is pleased to announce its first conference from 14-16 December 2015 at the University of Turin facilitated and hosted by Stefano Musso (President of the Società Italiana di Storia del lavoro/SISLav – Italian Society of Labour History) in collaboration with ISMEL-Torino.

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James Barrett, LAWCHA founder, was the subject of tribute from former students and colleagues at LAWCHA's Fighting Inequality Conference, May 2015.

Fighting Inequality through Teaching, Scholarship and Activism: A Roundtable Discussion on the Career of Jim Barrett

For five-days “Fighting Inequality” conference (May 2015) participants critically considered ways, then and now, that working-class people experience and struggle against class inequality. One of the conference’s highlights was the session, “Fighting Inequality through Teaching, Scholarship and Activism: A Roundtable Discussion on the Career of Jim Barrett” where panelists shared ways that Barrett’s contributions to the field of labor and working class history offer an inspiring model of how to balance scholarly excellence with civic engagement. Read more →

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