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.

Working Class Culture in a Middle-Class Society

Speaker:
Jack Metzgar, Professor, Roosevelt University

Date/Time:
Friday, January 28, 2022
12:15pm - 1:30pm

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


Americanization, Industrial Democracy, and the Rubber Industry: Welfare Capitalism and Company Unionism at the Goodyear Rubber and Tire Company

Speaker:
Alex Fleet, Department of History, Wayne State University

Date/Time:
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
12:15pm - 1:30pm

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, NYC Public Schools

Date/Time:
TBD

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


'Save the Circus': Worker Strikes, Circusgoers, and the Mid-Twentieth Century Decline of the Big Top

Speaker:
Andrea Ringer, Department of History, Political Science, Geography, & Africana Studies, Tennessee State University

Date/Time:
Thursday, March 3, 2022
12:15pm - 1:30pm

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


Red and Black in 1960's Detroit: The Revolutionary Moment in the Auto Plants of the Motor City

Speaker:
Kenneth Alyass, Department of History, Harvard University

Date/Time:
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
12:15pm - 1:30pm

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


Our Daily Work, Our Daily Lives Audio Archive

The MSU Voice Library has multiple audio resources based on Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives brown bags.

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