The long-running Historical Perspectives Lecture Series at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will feature a veteran labor journalist and Institute For Policy Studies associate fellow during its next event at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 in the Christie Theatre of the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. It is free and open to the public.
Sam Pizzigati will speak about his recent book, “The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph Over Plutocracy That Created the Middle Class, 1900-1970.” Pizzigati’s book takes issue with the widely accepted notion that protests against wealth inequality in the U.S. will have little effect, and that ultimately the rich “always get their way.” He argues that the super-rich of a century ago were even more domineering than the super-rich of today, and that the transformation to a more middle-class nation should be inspiring but remains largely unknown. More information about Pizzigati’s book, including an excerpt, is available on the website of its publisher, Seven Stories Press.
The Historical Perspectives Lecture Series, first organized in 1985, is the foremost activity of the Center for History and Social Change at UW-Green Bay. The annual series of talks by a wide variety of historians and social scientists is made possible thanks to funds from the University, the Democracy and Justice Studies Student Organization, the UW-Green Bay University League and the UW-Green Bay Founders Association. Supporters hope to create an endowment for continued support of the lecture series.
The Center for History and Social Change promotes historical thought, study and discourse at UW-Green Bay and in the larger community through lectures, seminars and other campus events. It is associated most directly with the University’s academic program in Democracy and Justice Studies, and pursues its activities in relation to that program’s goals. It also works closely with other academic programs to reinforce and support UW-Green Bay’s interdisciplinary mission.