Social Activism and Labor Movements in New York City
Free Lecture and Reception at the Museum of the City of New York
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Lecture: 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Reception: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Since the earliest days of the United States, New York has been a center of labor activism. Dr. Joshua Freeman, CUNY, will discuss how workers, through unions and protests, not only improved their own working conditions but also helped to shape the politics and everyday life in the city.
After the lecture, join colleagues and Museum staff for a reception and tour of the Activist New York exhibition as a preview for the upcoming Teaching Social Activism Conference.
Joshua B. Freeman is Professor of History at the Murphy Institute, Queens College, and the CUNY Graduate Center and has written extensively about the history of labor, modern America, and New York City. His books include Working-Class New York: Life and Labor since World War II; In Transit: The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933 1966; and Audacious Democracy: Labor, Intellectuals, and the Social Renewal of America (co-edited with Steve Fraser). He co-authors (with Steve Fraser) a column in New Labor Forum on historical precedents for current events. Professor Freeman has appeared in several television documentaries, including Ric Burns' New York, and has consulted for unions and for the New York City Central Labor Council on strategy and internal education. He is currently writing a history of the United States since World War II, which will be the final volume of the Penguin History of the United States.
Teaching Social Activism Conference
How does teaching social activism in the classroom prepare students to be active citizens in their communities, the city, and beyond?
On March 16 and 17, 2013, the Museum of the City of New York will host Teaching Social Activism in the Classroom. Educators are invited to present and participate in this two-day conference, which will highlight the various tools and techniques used by teachers to engage their students in the history and practice of social change, inspired by the content of the Museumís groundbreaking exhibition, Activist New York. Sponsored by the Puffin Foundation, the conference is free.
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