Tag: 2009 Spring

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. 

Haller Distinguished Lectureship Series

Saskia Sassen
"Towards Novel Assemblages of Territory, Authority, and Rights"
Friday, April 17, 3:00pm, 8417 Sewell Social Science Building

Abstract – We are seeing the formation of new, often highly specialized, assemblages of bits of territory, authority and rights that used to be fully encompassed by the nation-state. These assemblages function as a kind of third space—they are neither national nor global—and often destabilize existing meanings and systems throughout the world scale. As a consequence, today we are seeing the formation of novel critical alignments in today’s global south including globalization, digitization, and the ascendance of human rights and environmental struggles, the unbundling of unitary normative frameworks, and the transnationalizing of identities and experiences of membership.

SASKIA SASSEN is Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and the Committee on Social Thought at Columbia University. Professor Sassen’s research and writing focuses on globalization (including social, economic and political dimensions), immigration, global cities (including cities and terrorism), the new networked technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions. In her research she has focused on the unexpected and the counterintuitive as a way to cut through established “truths.” She is the author of The Mobility of Labor and Capital (Cambridge University Press 1988), The Global City (Princeton University Press 1991; 2nd ed 2002), Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press 2006), and A Sociology of Globalization (Norton 2007). She has just completed for UNESCO a five-year project on sustainable human settlement for which she set up a network of researchers and activists in over 30 countries; it is published as one of the volumes of the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (Oxford, UK: EOLSS Publishers).


Ethel Brooks
"Unraveling the Garment Industry: Transnational Organizing and Women's Work"
Tuesday, March 10, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
Open Seminar: "Production, Reproduction and Citizenship in Transnational Perspective"
Wednesday, March 11, 11am, 5243 Humanities
"Missing Pakistanis: Gender, Citizenship and the War on Terror"
Wednesday, March 11, 4pm, 8417 Social Science

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

ETHEL BROOKS is Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and Sociology at Rutgers University. She is interested in the relations of gender, race, class, labor practices and nation-state formations, with a focus on South Asia, Central America and the United States. Her research explores areas of critical political economy, globalization, social movements, feminist theory, comparative sociology, nationalism, urban geographies and post-colonialism, with close attention to epistemology.  She is the author of Unraveling the Garment Industry: Transnational Organizing and Women's Work (University of Minnesota Press, 2007) and the co-editor of the special issue of WSQ on "Activisms."  Her current projects include Missing Pakistanis: Gender, Race and Citizenship after September 11 and Disrupting the Nation:  Romani Sexuality, Raced Bodies, Productivity, as well as a co-authored text on gender and globalization in sociology.


Jefferson Cowie
“‘No Time for Dreams’: The Unmaking of the American Working Class in the 1970s”
Tuesday, March 31, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar: “From the Sit-Downs to Seattle and Beyond: RCA Workers and the Future of Global Labor”
Wednesday, April 1, 11am, 5243 Humanities
“In Search of the Postmodern Working Class”
Wednesday, April 1, 4pm, 8417 Social Science

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

JEFFERSON COWIE (PhD History, UNC Chapel Hill 1997) is Associate Professor of History at Cornell University. His work focuses on workers and the problem of class in the postwar United States, as well as issues in international and comparative history. He is the author of Capital Moves: RCA's Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor, which received the Philip Taft Prize for the Best Book in Labor History for 2000, and co-editor of Beyond the Ruins: The Meanings of Deindustrialization. His newest book, Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class will be published in the fall of 2009. He is currently working with Nick Salvatore on The Long Exception: Rethinking the New Deal in American History. Cowie's commitment to undergraduate education is evident in his numerous teaching awards and his appointment as House Professor and Dean of Keeton House at Cornell University. He has been named a fellow by the American Council of Learned Societies; the Society for the Humanities at Cornell; and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.


Jorge Duany
“The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Changing Settlement Patterns and Cultural Identities”
Tuesday, April 7, 4 pm, 206 Ingraham
“The Dominican Diaspora: A Transnational Perspective”
Wednesday, April 8, 4 pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar
Thursday, April 9, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program, the Latin American Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives, and the Comparative US Studies Collective.

JORGE DUANY (Ph.D., Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley) is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. He has published extensively on Caribbean migration, ethnicity, race, nationalism, and transnationalism in academic journals and professional books in the Caribbean, North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Professor Duany’s most recent book is The Puerto Rican Nation on the Move: Identities on the Island and in the United States (2002). He is the coauthor of Puerto Ricans in Orlando and Central Florida (2006), Cubans in Puerto Rico: Ethnic Economy and Cultural Identity (1997), and El Barrio Gandul: Economía subterránea y migración indocumentada en Puerto Rico (1995). He is also the author of Quisqueya on the Hudson: The Transnational Identity of Dominicans in Washington Heights (1994). Since February 2003, he has written a monthly editorial column for the newspaper El Nuevo Día. Professor Duany previously served as Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico, Director of the journal Revista de Ciencias Sociales, Visiting Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at the University of Michigan, Assistant Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, and most recently Bacardí Family Eminent Scholar in Latin American Studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville.


Marc Rodriguez
"The Tejano Diaspora in Action: Texas, Wisconsin, and the Civil and Labor Rights Movement of the 1960s"
Tuesday, April 14, 4 pm, 206 Ingraham
Open Seminar
Wednesday, April 15, 11 am, 5243 Humanities
"The Jury Right in Comparative Context: Reconsidering Hernandez v. Texas"
Wednesday, April 15, 4 pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law School)

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Legal Studies, the Latin American Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, the Global Studies Program, the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives, and the Comparative US Studies Collective.

MARC RODRIGUEZ (Ph.D., History, Northwestern University; J.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Assistant Professor of History and Law at the University of Notre Dame. Working within the fields of Mexican American and American legal history, Professor Rodriguez focuses on the relationship between migration, ethnicity, youth politics, state reform, and labor after 1945. He recently completed two edited volumes dealing with international and North American migration in comparative context. Rodriguez is currently completing his first book, tentatively titled Mexican Americanism: The Tejano Diaspora and Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin after 1950 (forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press), which details the growth of Mexican American politics among migrants and activists in both Texas and Wisconsin after 1950. His new research project is an examination of the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments with an emphasis on the struggle for jury representation for Mexican Americans, African Americans, and women.


Raquel Z. Rivera
“Reggaeton's Socio-Sonic Circuitry: From Jamaica and New York, to Panama, Puerto Rico and Beyond”
Tuesday, April 21, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
“New York Bomba: Puerto Ricans, Dominicans and a Bridge Called Haiti”
Wednesday, April 22, 4 pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar
Thursday, April 23, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program, the Latin American Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives, and the Comparative US Studies Collective.

RAQUEL Z. RIVERA is a Researcher at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College. Her areas of scholarly interest are popular music and culture, race and ethnicity, nation and diaspora, and the intersections between Latino and Africana studies. Author of New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and numerous articles on popular music and culture, she is co-editor of the anthology Reggaeton with Wayne Marshall and Deborah Pacini Hernandez (Duke University Press, 2009). A freelance journalist, her articles have been published in various magazines and newspapers, among these: Vibe, One World, Urban Latino, El Diario/La Prensa, El Nuevo Dia and The San Juan Star. A singer-songwriter, she is a member of Puerto Rican bomba group Alma Moyó, and a founding and former member of Boricua roots music group Yerbabuena and the women’s musical collective Yaya dedicated to Puerto Rican bomba and Dominican salves.


Juan Flores
“Coming Home to Roost: Rethinking Diaspora and Cultural Remittances”
Tuesday, April 28, 4 pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“Caribeño Counterstream: Puerto Rican, Dominican and Cuban Diasporas on the Move”
Wednesday, April 29, 4 pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar
Thursday, April 30, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program, the Latin American Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives, and the Comparative US Studies Collective.

JUAN FLORES (Ph.D., German Studies, Yale University) is Professor of Latino Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. For many years he has taught Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY) and in the Sociology Program at CUNY Graduate Center. His interests include Puerto Rican and Latina/o culture, diaspora and transnational communities, and the sociology of popular culture. He is the author of Divided Borders: Essays on Puerto Rican Identity, Poetry in East Germany, The Insular Vision, La venganza de Cortijo, and From Bomba To Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity. He is the translator of Memoirs of Bernardo Vega and Cortijo's Wake by Edgardo Rodríguez Julià, and co-editor of On Edge: The Crisis of Latin American Culture. His current projects include: Companion to Latino Studies (co-edited with Renato Rosaldo), Boogaloo y otros guisos, and The Diaspora Strikes Back: Cultural Challenges of Transnational Communities.