Annelise Orleck is a professor of history, Jewish studies, and women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Common Sense and a Little Fire: Women and Working-Class Politics in the United States (1995); The Soviet Jewish Americans (1999); Storming Caesar's Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty (2005); and Rethinking American Women's Activism (2014). She is also a coeditor of The Politics of Motherhood: Activist Voices from Left to Right (1997), with Alexis Jetter and Diana Taylor, and The War on Poverty, 1969-1980: A New Grassroots History (2011), with Lisa Gayle Hazirjian. Her newest book is entitled "We Are All Fast Food Workers Now": The Global Uprising against Poverty Wages (2018).
This lecture, and the book it is named for, examines globalization and its costs from the perspective of those who do the work: garment workers, fast food workers, farmers and farm workers, retail workers and adjunct professors. It examines the rise of contingent labor and how it has transformed our world and traces the rise of a new global labor movement, galvanized by young people, mostly women of color.