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.


Planning the Brown Bag Series for the Fall and Beyond!

Yes, the brown bag series will live on. We have a number of things waiting for final scheduling. Look for the following presentations next year:

  • Adam Schoenbachler, Sociology Department, Vanderbilt University - "Working the Tip Jar: Patronage and Culture in the Control of Service Workers on Nashville’s Honky-Tonk Highway"
  • Jeremy Milloy, Department of History, Wayne State University -"Inside Out: Investigating Violence and Addiction in Labor History"
  • Sean Forner, MSU Department of History - “Managerialism, Codetermination, and Democracy: Intellectuals and Workers confront 1950s West Germany”
  • Fran Shor, Department of History, Wayne State University - "Wobblies against War: The US and Australian IWW campaigns against World War One"
  • Michael Rodriguez, MSU Libraries - "Soldiers of Production: Lansing and the Arsenal of Democracy in World War Two"

Still looking for a number of great presentations to fill out the schedule!!

Our Daily Work, Our Daily Lives Audio Archive

Thanks to all of the folks at the MSU Vincent Voice Library who have worked with us to create this archived set of recordings for Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives.

Follow these steps to access all of the recordings we have cataloged thus far:

  1. Start at the MSU Library Homepage: https://lib.msu.edu
  2. Type in search box "Our daily work, our daily lives brown bag series"
  3. Click on "See More »" in the Books & Media box
  4. As of 4/4/23, there are 136 results for the series!