Cultural Studies Program Hosts “A New World of Work”

Posted: April 13, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Cultural Studies Program hosts its annual conference on Thursday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema. The topic is “A New World of Work,” and all are invited.

Free refreshments will be available in the Cinema Lobby beginning at 9:30 a.m., and Steve Vallas, chair, Sociology and Anthropology, will give welcoming remarks at 9:50 a.m.

The program is as follows:

  • 10-11.30 a.m.–“Women and Work: Past, Present, Future” with Christine Bose, professor, sociology, SUNY Albany, as moderator; Jane Collins, professor, women’s studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Liza Featherstone, labor journalist, coauthor of Students Against Sweatshops, and author of Selling Women Short: The Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart; Jacqueline Jones, Truman Professor of American Civilization, Brandeis University
  • 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.–“Working Futures” with Tim Shorrock, journalist, as moderator; Edna Bonacich, professor, sociology and ethnic studies, University of California, Riverside; Fernando Leiva, assistant professor, Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean studies, SUNY Albany; Beth Shulman, author of The Betrayal of Work: How Low-Wage Jobs Fail 30 Million Americans, and consultant on work-related issues
  • 1:30-3 p.m.–“Organizing Labor in the Future” with Jamie Owen Daniel, assistant professor, English, University of Illinois at Chicago, and field organizer, Illinois Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, as moderator; Stewart Acuff, director of organizing, AFL-CIO; Carl Biers, Association for Union Democracy; Joe McCartin, associate professor of history, Georgetown University
  • 3:15-4:30 p.m.–“Work and the Working Class” with Matthew Ruben, doctoral candidate, University of Pennsylvania, and antipoverty activist, as moderator; Alex Callinicos, professor, politics, University of York, United Kingdom; Doug Henwood, independent scholar and journalist, author of Wall Street and After the New Economy; and editor, Left Business Observer; Peter Winn, professor, history, Tufts University; Michael Zweig, professor, economics, Stony Brook University, and founder of the Center for the Study of Working Class Life

The program will conclude with a roundtable discussion with the day’s speakers beginning at 5 p.m. in the Johnson Center Assembly Room G. George Mason’s Paul Smith, professor, cultural studies, will moderate.

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