North American Labor History Conference.  October 18-20, 2012.  Detroit, Michigan.  Hosted by Wayne State University.General Strike, Oakland, California, November 2, 2011.


While the field of environmental history has provided new horizons within which to situate work and workers, this conference intends to expand those horizons through investigating the multi-fold meanings of "nature" from a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Keynote Speakers

Walter Hixson, University of Akron

Incorporating the Native World into U.S. Historiography

Alice Kessler-Harris, Columbia University

What is Labor History Now?

Book Talks

Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein, Caring for America

Miriam Frank, Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America
Charles Hyde, Arsenal of Democracy
Kim Nielsen, A Disability History of the United States
David Roediger, The Production of Difference
Kathi Weeks, The Problem with Work

Special Sessions / Roundtables

Edda Fields-Black, "New Directions in the History of Atlantic Rice"

Michael Honey, "Sharecroppers Troubadour: Labor's Freedom Music"

"Academic Contingent Labor"

"Detroit Stories: Working in the Shadows of the 'New' Economy"

Frithjof Bergmann, "New Work, New Culture"

NALHC Special Events


Tour of the Rivera Murals at the DIA

Film screenings, including the Italian classic, "The Working Class Goes to Heaven"


Spoken Word/Music Concert


Friday luncheon: Charles Kernaghan, "Fighting to End Sweatshops in the Global Economy"



22nd Annual Bernard Gottfried Memorial Labor Law Symposium


Nancy J. Schiffer
Board member
National Labor Relations Board

Thursday Oct 16, 2014
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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