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

‘Laureate of the Logging Camps’: The Representation of Labor and Labourers in the Writing of T-Bone Slim

Speaker:
Owen Clayton, School of English and Journalism, University of Lincoln (UK)

Date/Time:
Thursday, February 11, 2021
12:15pm - 1:30pm

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


Midnight in Vehicle City: Telling the Story of the Flint Sit-down Strike

Speaker:
Edward McClelland, Author of Midnight in Vehicle City: General Motors, Flint, and the Strike That Created the Middle Class

Date/Time:
Monday, March 1, 2021
12:15pm - 1:30pm

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


(Re)Discovering Work Can Be Dangerous:  Occupational Health and Safety in the Long 1970s

Speaker:
Elizabeth Faue, Department of History, Wayne State University

Date/Time:
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
12:15pm - 1:30pm

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


Inside the Early Twentieth Century Working Class Family: Kin, Work and Neighborhood

Speaker:
Shannon Kirkwood

Date/Time:
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
12:15pm - 1:30pm

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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  • Fall 2020

    Knocking on Labor's Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide

    Speaker:
    Lane Windham, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Georgetown University

    Date/Time:
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020
    12:15pm - 1:30pm


    Migrant Workers Struggling Across All Boundaries: Defiant Braceros, 1942 - 1964

    Speaker:
    Mireya Loza, Food Studies Department, New York University

    Date/Time:
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020
    12:15pm - 1:30pm

    (co-sponsored by the MSU Chicano Latino Studies Program and the MSU Julian Samora Research Institute)


    Red Jerseys in Detroit: Soccer and Industrial Workers, 1926 - 30

    Speaker:
    Gabe Logan, Department of History, Northern Michigan University

    Date/Time:
    Friday, October 23, 2020
    12:15pm - 1:30pm


    Barbed Wire Workplace: The Forced Labor of World War II Japanese American Prisoners

    Speaker:
    Stacey Camp, Department of Anthropology, MSU

    Date/Time:
    Monday, November 9, 2020
    12:15pm - 1:30pm