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Conference - Labor Past and Present: Bringing History and Activism Together - 2/2

Conference - Labor Past and Present: Bringing History and Activism Together - 2/2

February 02, 2024
9am-6pm, reception 6pm-7pm


Columbia University Law School, Jerome L. Greene Hall, Room 106

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What is the value of history to labor? What is the value of labor to history? How might we better bring the lessons of the past to laborers, labor organizers, scholars, students, and the public at large? And how does centering non-traditional labor and underrepresented experiences in labor organizing and labor history help us to better understand both?

Join us as we explore these questions through the research of graduate student panelists and roundtable discussions. Panels and roundtables include: "Labor & Culture," "Labor & Health," "State, Statelessness, and the Law," "Teaching Labor and Labor History," and "Labor Today: Crisis and Resurgence."

Scheduled times are tentative and subject to change.

All registered guests will receive a boxed lunch and are invited to join the speakers and presenters for a reception from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. All attendees must pre-register by January 31, 2024.


Full Schedule

Welcoming Remarks (9:00 am - 9:15 am)

Panel 1: Labor & Culture (9:20 am - 10:30 am)


Shannan Clark, Associate Professor of History, Montclair State University


Theodore Jansen, University of Cincinnati, “A “Veritable Purgatory”: Nativism and the 1907 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Labor Dispute”

Dana Kopel, University of California: Los Angeles, ““Pictorial Resistance”: Political Art Documentation/Distribution and the District 1199 Bread and Roses Cultural Project in 1980s New York"

Amanda Ripley, Ohio State University, “Because You (Still) Can’t Eat Prestige: PASTA MoMA and Contemporary U.S. Art Museum Unionization”

Roundtable 1: Teaching Labor and Labor History (10:45 AM-12:00 PM)

Samir Sonti, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies

Raza Gillani, NYU, Co-Founder of Pakistan's Progressive Students Collective and the Haqooq-e-Khalq Movement

Daniel Judt, Yale University, Coordinator of Political Education, Worker Power

Lunch (12:00 pm - 12:45 pm)

Panel 2: Labor & Health (12:45 pm - 2:00 pm)


Merlin Chowkwanyun, Donald H. Gemson Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University


Richard Bachmann. University of Michigan, “Materializing the Blue-Collar Blues on the Auto Assembly Line: The UAW, Industrial Psychologists, and the Origins of Workplace Mental Health Activism, 1950-1965”

Keith Rosenthal, CUNY, ““The Blind Leading the Blind on the Picket Line”: The 1937 Strike of the Blind Workers Union”

Stephanie van Damm, University of Cambridge, “Workplace-injury compensation in the British Empire, 1930-1940”

Panel 3: Statelessness, Labor, and the Law (2:15 pm - 3:30 pm)


Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and History, Columbia University


Parvati Dhananjayan, Geneva Graduate Institute, “Negotiating Homeland and Statelessness: Sri Lankan repatriates, rehabilitation and Kerala's rubber estates”

Martha Guerrero, Yale University, “Undocumented Labor in the Wake of 9/11: Community Organizers, Ground Zero Workers & the Road to the 2006 Immigrant Rights Protests”

Maha Shehade Switat, Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, “Settling for (In)equality: How Settlements in Legal Labor Disputes Affect Gender and Ethnic Stratification, the Case of Israel”

Roundtable 2: Labor Today: Crisis and Resurgence (3:45 AM-5:00 PM)

Mireya Loza, Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University

Lisa Nakamura, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor, Precarity Lab Principal Investigator, University of Michigan

Keynote: Conversation on Labor with Premilla Nadasen and Linda Oalican (5:00-6:00 pm) 

Premilla Nadasen, Professor of History, Barnard College

Linda Oalican, Co-founder and former Executive Director of Damayan Migrant Workers Association

Reception (6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)


Labor Past and Present is administered by the Columbia University Department of History. The conference organizers would like to thank the following sponsors for generously supporting the conference:

Columbia University | Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

Columbia Law School | Legal History Workshop

Columbia University | The Lehman Center for American History

Columbia University | The Eric Holder Jr. Initiative for Civil and Political Rights

Columbia University | Arts and Sciences Graduate Council

Columbia University | Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race

Columbia Teachers College | Center on History and Education at Teachers College

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9am-6pm, reception 6pm-7pm
Panel Discussion - What if the economy worked for democracy? - 2/13

Panel Discussion - What if the economy worked for democracy? - 2/13

February 13, 2024


The Forum at Columbia University

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Professors Ira Katznelson, Suresh Naidu and Katharina Pistor invite you to join the Columbia Center for Political Economy on February 13th for a panel event centered around the question, What if the economy worked for democracy?


We launched the Columbia Center for Political Economy in late 2022 to identify and advance the most promising post-2008 developments within economics concerned with questions of inequality, power, and uncertainty. To celebrate our first full year of exploration, we are pleased to invite you to attend What if the Economy Worked for Democracy?


Bringing together Columbia President Minouche Shafik, Center co-director Ira Katznelson, legal scholar Amy Kapczynski (Yale), classicist and political scientist Josiah Ober (Stanford), and economist and political scientist James Robinson (University of Chicago), the event will explore the structural forces undermining shared prosperity, tradeoffs inherent in economic policymaking, pathways to a more just and inclusive economy and the significance of a political economy that strengthens and sustains democracy.


This discussion will take place at The Forum at Columbia University on Tuesday, February 13, at 6:00—7:30 PM ET.


Please register here to confirm your attendance.


We very much hope you can join us at this timely conversation.




Ira Katznelson, Suresh Naidu, and Katharina Pistor

Co-Directors, Center for Political Economy

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