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Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

LAWCHA 2021 Conference Registration is Now Open

DEADLINE: May 29, 2021

Registration for the 2021 LAWCHA Conference, Workers on the Front Lines, is now open. Please register here: http://www.lawcha.org/annualmeeting/chicago-illinois-2021/

The conference is virtual and will run from May 20-28, 2021. Those who are on the program are required to join LAWCHA.

We have an exciting lineup of over 60 panels, roundtables, and workshops.

On Thursday, May 20, at 6 pm (ET) the conference will kick off with a plenary, "College for All and a National Agenda for Labor in Higher Education." This event will bring together LAWCHA members, laboractivists, Scholars for a New Deal for Higher Education, and union representatives serving a variety of higher ed workers to discuss the College for All bill and how to use it as a foundation for a bottom-up national movement, one that demands fair funding, fair tuition, and fair labor. The event will be live-streamed and does not require registration.

On Saturday, May 22, at 8 ET, we will gather for a plenary on the challenges faced by essential workers in the food industry during the pandemic. This panel will feature Mohamed Attia (Executive Director, Street Vendor Project), Dorothy Sue Cobble (Distinguished Professor Emerita of History and Labor Studies, Rutgers University), Ryan Coffel (Colectivo Collective Union Organizer), Carlos Enriquez (Restaurant Organizing Project, Democratic Socialists of America), and Ben Wilkins (Organizing Director, NC Raise Up).

On Monday, May 24, at 8 pm (ET) we will gather with the United Association of Labor Educators for a night of music and poetry as well as a virtual tour of Vaxo Manka's murals in Pittsburgh's St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

On Tuesday, May 25, at 8 pm (ET) we will gather with the United Association of Labor Educators for a screening and roundtable discussion of Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar’s documentary film, 9to5: Story of A Movement.

On Wednesday, May 26, at 6 pm (ET), the LAWCHA Membership Meeting will begin with a short greeting from an organizer of the B’Amazon Union Council of RWDSU, which is supporting the organization of workers at Amazon warehouses in Bessemer and across the South. The meeting will also include the announcement of this year’s LAWCHA Distinguished Service to Labor History Award and other prizes as well as a discussion of LAWCHA’s future led by Vice President Cindy Hahamovitch.

On Thursday, May 27, at 8 pm (ET), we will gather for a plenary, The New Labor Journalist and the First Draft of Working-Class History. The session will feature Michelle Chen (Dissent/Nation), Steven Greenhouse (formerly NY Times), Kim Kelly (Teen Vogue), Juliana Reyes (Philadelphia Inquirer), and Micah Uetricht (Jacobin).

To close the conference, we will have a screening of Adrian Filmadria's new documentary film, Haymarket: The Bomb, the Anarchists, the Labor Struggle on Friday, May 28, at 8 pm (ET).

Closer to the conference, everyone who registers will receive an email with the password to access the webpage with links to all conference events.

Please spread the word about the conference and network with attendees on social media by using the hashtag #lawcha2021!

Posted: May 11, 2021
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

SCHC: Mountains, Millinery, & Mormons, Oh My! “Experts Next Door” Speaker Series Continues

DEADLINE: June 18, 2021

Ballston Spa, NY – The Saratoga County History Center is pleased to announce the April, May, and June episodes of the popular virtual speaker series “Experts Next Door.” The program connects Saratoga County residents with experts on a wide variety of topics. The episodes are casual, fun, entertaining, and informative. Audience participation is encouraged.

Thursday, April 22, 7 pm: “Curing in the Mountains” with Amy Catania, Executive Director of Historic Saranac Lake. Ms. Catania will discuss Saranac Lake’s fascinating role in the research and treatment of tuberculosis, and how it relates to today’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Along the way, she will share tales of Saranac Lake’s history, including first-hand accounts from people associated with the research and treatment center.

Thursday, May 20, 7 pm: “The Social Life of Hats” with Dr. Tillman Nechtman, Professor of History at Skidmore College. Grab your fedoras, Panamas, bowlers, pork pies, and boaters, because May’s episode of END is all about hats! In particular, the role hats have played in Saratoga’s storied social scene. Inspired by a spring 2021 course at Skidmore that utilizes Brookside Museum’s chapeaux collection, Dr. Nechtman’s presentation will include stories, students, and some silliness. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite topper and share their own social shenanigans.

Thursday, June 17, 7 pm: “New York, Joseph Smith, and the Fight for Religious Freedom” with Dr. Spencer McBride, Associate Managing Historian of the Joseph Smith Papers Project. Dr. McBride, a prominent historian and published author, will be discussing his newest book and exploring the remarkable, though short-lived, political career of Joseph Smith, the New Yorker who founded Mormonism, waged a literal war for religious freedom, and launched a quixotic run for the White House.

Episodes are free for SCHC members, and $5 for non-members. Please register in advance at www.brooksidemuseum.org Registrants will receive a Zoom link and other relevant information. For questions, please contact Isobel Connell at isobel@brooksidemuseum.org.

The Saratoga County History Center is dedicated to preserving and sharing the diverse histories of Saratoga County. Previously focused on the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa, the SCHC now offers a wide variety of innovative, exciting, and educational programming online. In particular, a town hall-style public forum on climate change and historic preservation is slated for the fall. When Brookside Museum re-opens this summer, the SCHC will debut new exhibits and family-friendly events. Please see the SCHC website (www.brooksidemuseum.org) and our social media accounts (@SaratogaCoHistory) for news and announcements.

Posted: April 21, 2021
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

The Association for Documentary Editing: Representation and Recovery

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021

Representation and Recovery
A Virtual Meeting of the Association for Documentary Editing
Hosted by Dickinson State University
June & July 2021

To promote a wide range of conversations, the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) will hold this year’s program in two portions, with an “annual meeting” on June 24–27, and “conference/networking sessions” on July 6, 13, 20, and 27. All events will be held virtually. Live sessions will be made available on Zoom, and recordings (where permitted) will be made available on the ADE’s YouTube channel.

ANNUAL MEETING | June 24–27 2021:
During the last weekend of June, we will hold sessions required by ADE’s governance. We will also use this time to hold sessions in partnership with the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University, the previously designated location of the 2021 conference. To support the costs of conference hosting while also remaining sensitive to financial strains during this ongoing health crisis, this portion of the conference includes tiered registration fees:

  • Patron: $25 (or more)
  • Standard: $20
  • Student, Retired, Independent Scholars: $10
  • Pay What You Can: We recognize that the past year has been financially difficult for many and welcome donations anywhere below $10. Any donations over $25 are also welcome and will be considered a Patron-level donation.

The events of 2020 highlight a long-standing threat to our multifaceted cultural heritage, including the absence of equitable representation. Black people, Indigenous peoples, US Latinos, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, women, GLBTQ+ and those of the Global South are underrepresented within the fields of editing and archival and community-based curation and recovery. As one of many groups participating in scholarly and public communication, we are extending the conference to include a series of public forums that address such inequities.

On Tuesdays in July, the ADE will host multiple sessions in an effort to facilitate interdisciplinary conversation and reflect on the conference CFP’s themes of social justice, representation and recovery. Given the importance and value of such conversations, this portion of the conference will be free.

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Posted: May 10, 2021
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia