Tag: Social Justice

Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path Toward Social Justice

Bill Fletcher, Jr.
"The Crisis of Organized Labor and Possibilities of Renewal"
Tuesday, February 24, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar: "The November 2008 Elections and the Challenges for a Progressive Movement"
Wednesday, February 25, 11am, 5243 Humanities
"Strangers in a Strange Land: African American-Immigrant Tensions and the Potential for Unity in the 21st Century"
Wednesday, February 25, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
"Progressives and the Possibilities for Renewing the Labor Movement"
Wednesday, February 25, 7pm, Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St., Room 109

Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program and the Comparative US Studies Collective.

BILL FLETCHER, JR., is the Director of Field Services & Education for the American Federation of Government Employees.  He also serves as the executive editor of BlackCommentator.com (www.blackcommentator.com).  Prior to joining AFGE, Fletcher was the Belle Zeller Visiting Professor at Brooklyn College-City University of New York.  From January 2002 through April 2006 he served as the President and chief executive officer of TransAfrica Forum, a national non-profit organization organizing, educating and advocating for policies in favor of the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.  Previously, Fletcher served as Education Director and later Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO. His union staff experience also included the Service Employees International Union, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, District 65-United Auto Workers in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America.  Fletcher has authored numerous articles published in a variety of books, newspapers and magazines. He is the co-author, with Fernando Gapasin, of the book Solidarity Divided (University of California Press, 2008) which examines the crisis of organized labor in the United States. He is also the co-author of the pictorial booklet, The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941. 

Sports, Labor and Social Justice

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David Meggyesy
"Sports, Labor, & Social Justice in the 21st Century: Contemporary Issues & Future Directions"
Wednesday, April 23, 7pm, Room 7191 Helen C. White

Co-sponsored by the UW History Department

DAVID MEGGYESY played linebacker for seven years with the St. Louis Cardinals, now the Arizona Cardinals. Meggyesy’s best-selling football autobiography, Out of Their League, was honored by Sports Illustrated as one of the best 100 sports books ever written. He has written articles for many publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune and Heartland Journal. During his NFL career, Meggyesy was actively involved in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam war movements, and was co-founder of the Esalen Sports Center. Meggyesy served as western director of the national football league players association (NFLPA), the NFL players union, and is board president of athletes united for peace. 


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Kathleen Lynch
“Love & Care Matters”
Tuesday, April 19, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“The Academy, Managerialism & Education – Creating new Subjects”
Wednesday, April 20, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty & Public
Thursday, April 21, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Institute for Regional and International Studies

KATHLEEN LYNCH is Professor of Equality Studies at University College Dublin. She has played a leading role in founding the UCD Equality Studies Centre and the UCD School of Social Justice. She has co-authored a number of major texts on equality (Equality: From Theory to Action, 2004, 2nd ed. 2009) and on care and justice (Affective Equality: Love, Care and Injustice, 2009). Her most recent book was co-authored with Bernie Grummell and Dympna Devine, titled New Managerialism in Education: Commercialization, Carelessness and Gender (2012, 2nd ed. 2015). She is currently undertaking theoretical research on the concepts of love, care and solidarity and their relationship to social justice. She is also leading a study titled Equality in Practice: Studies in Working, Learning and Caring, and is the Irish partner in a study of Solidarity in Europe (2015-2018) involving 12 European countries.