UW-Green Bay historical lecture series to highlight labor issues March 5

A Georgetown University faculty member and expert on 20th century U.S. labor will speak about his new book, Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers and the Strike that Changed America, Monday, March 5 as part of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s long-running Historical Perspectives Lecture Series.

Joseph McCartin, an associate professor of History and the director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown, will speak at 2:15 p.m. in the Christie Theatre of the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. His new book explores the 1981 Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) strike, the reaction of President Ronald Reagan and what the conflict meant — and means — for organized labor in the United States.

McCartin’s address will be the second of spring semester 2012 for the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series, following a stirring event with original Freedom Rider Hank Thomas on Feb. 15. George Washington University Prof. Allida Black, author of Casting Her Own Shadow: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Shaping of Postwar Liberalism, will speak about Roosevelt and the issue of human rights in the series’ next installment, at 2:15 p.m. Monday, March 26.

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. Information about the center and the series, including past lectures, can be found at www.uwgb.edu/centerhsc.


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