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.


Click here for the Call for Papers. The deadline is April 18, 2014.

Keynote Speakers

Walter Hixson, University of Akron


Alice Kessler-Harris, Columbia University

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, "Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora"

"Academic Contingent Labor"

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, "The Global Sweatshop"