Our Daily Work, Our Daily Lives

"Our Daily Work / Our Daily Lives" is a joint project that focuses on the artistic traditions of workers and on workplaces as contexts for the expression of workers culture. The richness and diversity of workers' experiences and workers culture is explored and presented through an ongoing series of exhibits, lectures, and presentations; writing and research projects; reunions; and demonstrations and discussions.

The program was established in 1992 and is coordinated by the Michigan Traditional Arts Program at the MSU Museum and the Labor Education Program in the College of Social Science's School of Human Resources and Labor Relations.

 

Our Daily Work, Our Daily Lives Brown Bag Series

Note: All Spring brown bags will be on zoom unless noted.

Pride on the Line: The UAW and Queer-Labor Solidarity after Stonewall

Speaker:
James (Jamie) McQuaid, Department of History, Wayne State University

Date/Time:
Friday, September 23, 2022
12:15pm - 1:30pm ET

Location: via Zoom. Contact John Beck at beckj@msu.edu for program Zoom information.

Co-sponsored by Capital Area Motorcities and the MSU Gender and Sexuality Campus Center


Forces of Production Standards: Workers and Automation, Collective Bargaining and the Productivity Trap

Speaker:
Salem Elzway, History Department, University of Michigan

Date/Time:
Thursday, October 6, 2022
12:15pm - 1:30pm ET

Location: via Zoom. Contact John Beck at beckj@msu.edu for program Zoom information.

Co-sponsored by Capital Area Motorcities


The Care Economy and the New Working Class

Speaker:
Gabriel Winant, History Department, University of Chicago, the author of The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America

Date/Time:
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
12:15pm - 1:30pm ET

Location: via Zoom. Contact John Beck at beckj@msu.edu for program Zoom information.


Beyond the Assembly Line: Labor and Productivity of Automotive Suppliers, 1920’s – 1960’s

Speaker:
Kevin Moskowitz, History Department, University of Texas – Arlington

Date/Time:
Friday, November 18, 2022
12:15pm - 1:30pm ET

Location: via Zoom. Contact John Beck at beckj@msu.edu for program Zoom information.

Co-sponsored by Capital Area Motorcities


Scattered Brothers and Sisters: Tracing the Lives of American Socialist Workers, 1880-1917

Speaker:
Natalie Behrends, History Department, Harvard University

Date/Time:
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
12:15pm - 1:30pm ET

Location: via Zoom. Contact John Beck at beckj@msu.edu for program Zoom information.


Becoming a Force of Workplace Resistance: Call Center Workers after the AT&T Breakup

Speaker:
Debbie Goldman, Former Research Director, Communication Workers of America

Date/Time:
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
12:15pm - 1:30pm ET

Location: via Zoom. Contact John Beck at beckj@msu.edu for program Zoom information.


Hemmed In: Deindustrialization and Its Discontents in Western New York, 1990-2019

Speaker:
Jason Kozlowski, New York Public Schools

Date/Time:
Friday, February 24, 2023
12:15pm - 1:30pm ET

Location: via Zoom. Contact John Beck at beckj@msu.edu for program Zoom information.


Care in Crisis: Black Women and the Politics of Labor in Atlanta, 1965-1985

Speaker:
Eshe Sherley, History Department, University of Michigan

Date/Time:
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
12:15pm - 1:30pm ET

Location: via Zoom. Contact John Beck at beckj@msu.edu for program Zoom information.

Co-sponsored by MSU African American and African Studies


Our Daily Work, Our Daily Lives Audio Archive

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