How Class Works - 2010 Conference

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How Class Works - 2010 Conference

Opening Party

Opening Party, Social and Behavioral Sciences Building

Music by Anne Feeney, readings by Barbara Jensen, Gerald McCarthy, and Michelle Tokarczyk [1]


1.1 New Media in Labor Studies and Working Class Studies

  • Alyssa Lenoff, Center for Working-Class Studies, Youngstown State University: New Media: Implications for Working-Class Americans
  • Joseph B. Atkins, Journalism, University of Mississippi: Giving Voice to Southern Workers: The Development of “Labor South”
  • John Russo, Center for Working-Class Studies, Youngstown State University: The Uses of New Media at the Center for Working-Class Studies: A Two-Year Assessment

1.2 Class and Gender

  • Francine Moccio, Former Director of the Institute for Women and Work at ILR School at Cornell University: Live Wires For a Labor Cause: Women Electricians in New York City
  • Hester Eisenstein, Sociology, Queens College: Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women’s Labor and Ideas to Exploit the World
  • M. Thandabantu Iverson, History Labor Studies, Indiana University-Northwest: Beyond Reductionism: Seeing Class Through Race and Gender in Black Healthcare Workers’ Lives
  • Melda Y. Ozturk, Economics, Ondokuz Mayıs University and Ozgun Akduran, Public Finance, Istanbul University: Women’s Labor in Tobacco Producing: Before and After Privatization

1.3 Pedagogy of Class I

  • Sarah Ryan and Emily Lardner, The Evergreen State University: Social Class as a “Night School”Theme: Two quarters at The Evergreen State College
  • Heather A. Howley and E.R. Carlin, University of Akron, Wayne College: Empathy: The Placebo Effect
  • Joel Saxe, Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst: Generational Debt: catalyst to social change and critical class(room) consciousness?
  • Raymond A. Mazurek, English & American Studies, Penn State University, Berks Campus: Students Gaze in a Working-Class Mirror: Teachingthe Working-Class Experience in America

1.4 Country Studies 1

  • Ozgur Narin, Economics, Ondokuz Mayis University and Ozgur Mutlu Ulus, Acıbadem University: Alpagut Factory Occupation: First Experience of Workers' Self Management in Turkey
  • Tara Martin, Sociology, University of New Mexico: Crosscurrents of Memory: Myth, Rank and File Memory, and Britain’s Winter of Discontent
  • Hugo Chesshire, Political Science, Brock University: In Hostile Waters: The 2009 Concessions of the Canadian Autoworkers Union

2.1 Class Dynamics in Higher Education and the Professions

  • Amy E. Stich, Sociology of Education, SUNY Buffalo: Working-Class Reputation and the Syntax of Rusted Space: A Damaging Discursive Practice within Higher Education
  • Kristin Cipollone, Sociology of Education, SUNY Buffalo: When College is the Only Choice: Post-Secondary Selection Processes of Middle- and UpperMiddle-Class Students Attending an Affluent Public High School
  • Julie Withers, Butte College: Class Act: Negotiating class dynamics at a rural community college

2.2 The Working Class after Neoliberalism

  • Colm Breathnach Geography and Sociology,University of Strathclyde, Glasgow: Mapping the Global Working Class Today
  • Neil Davidson, Geography and Sociology, Universit of Strathclyde, Glasgow: Theory and 21st Century Workers: Definitions, Boundaries, Interests
  • Patricia McCafferty, Geography and Sociology, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow: From Workshop of the World to Service Sector Central: Glasgow’s East End Today

2.3 Class Issues in History

  • Gregory Wood, History, Frostburg State University: Smokes on a Train: Smoking and Class Struggleson the New York City Subway, 1904-1913
  • John Lloyd, History, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona: Crowds, Class and Community: The Pittsburgh ‘Mob’ and the Strike of 1877
  • Peter S. McInnis, History, St. Francis Xavier University: Incident at Reesor Siding: Bushworkers and the Historical Memory of Violent Confrontation
  • Vilja Hulden, History, University of Arizona: The payoffs of class privilege: The National Association of Manufacturers vs. labor in Congress, 1902-1914

2.4 Calling the Labor Movement to Discover the Working Class

  • Bob Fitch, Former Union Organizer, Author: Needed: A Labor Left that reflects real democracy and unites workers by reaching across restrictive jurisdictional lines
  • Joseph B. Atkins, Journalism, University of Mississippi: A Call for an Independent, Consciousness - Raising Labor Media
  • Martin Fishgold, Editor, The Unionist, AFSCME, past president of the International Labor Communications Association: The Failure of Unions and Their Media to Reach Out to the Working Class
  • Steve Early, Writer, Organizer: The High Price of Health Care for Some: How EFCA Became The First Casualty of ObamaCare

2.5 Country Studies II

  • Frido Wenten, Political Science, Free University Berlin: Changing class relations and labour struggles in post-1978 China
  • Kurtuluş Cengiz, Sociology, Abant Izzet Baysal University: The New Industrial Class of Turkey between Community and Market: A Cross-Section from an Anatolian City/Kayseri
  • Ugo Palheta, Sociology, Sciences-Po Paris: Class Struggle, Struggling Classes. The Social Stratifi cation of the “anti-CPE” Movement in France (2006)

3. Opening Plenary Session, Provost Lecture Series

  • Larry Cohen, International President, Communications Workers of America: Economic Crisis,Political Paralysis: What's the Working Class to Do?

4. Plenary Session: Right Wing Populism and the Working Class

5.1 Immigrant Class Identities

  • Anilyn Diaz-Hernández, Communication, UMass Amherst: Morphing into Childhood: Changes, Chances and Choices in the Life of a Middle-Class Man
  • David Avishay, Communication, UMass Amherst: Class Journeys? The Role of Class in the Identity Formation of an Israeli "Good Girl"
  • Liliana Herakova, Communication, UMass Amherst: Journeys of Belonging
  • Swati Birla, Sociology, UMass Amherst: A Question of Privilege

5.2 Class Dynamics in Brazil

  • Berenice Abreu, Social History, Universidade Estadual do Ceara: The Ship Sail on: the Politics of Class and Brazil´s Northeast Fishermen’s Movement
  • Frederico de Castro Neves, Labor History, Universidade Federal do Ceara: Working Class Protest and Revolt in Rural Brazil
  • William Mello, Labor Studies, Indiana University: The Legion of Workers: Class Formation and Right Wing Labor Organizations in Northeast Brazil

5.3 Rank and File Research from the National Labor College

  • Eduardo Rosario, National Writers Guild: Dismantling The Manufacturing Clause: Another Victim of Deregulation
  • Joe Potestivo, International Union of Elevator Constructors: The Case of the I.U.E.C., Local One New York City: Succeed Together or Fail Individually
  • John Graham, United Brotherhood of Carpenters: Health Impact of Emergency Response and Recovery Work at the World Trade Center Following 9-11
  • Lainie Kitt, International Brotherhood of Teamsters and American Federation of Teachers, Adjunct Professor, National Labor College: Post-Traumatic Stress among Housing Authority Workers in New York City after 9-1, Chair
  • Leah Rambo, Sheet Metal Workers International Association: Embracing Diversity: The Key to Building Strong Unions

5.4. What Do Working Class Students Need in Higher Education? - a roundtable discussion

5.5 Mothering from the Margins

  • Kinohi Nishikawa, Literature, Duke University: Sons and Mothers: Broken Family Narratives in the Post-Civil Rights Moment
  • Leigh Campoamor, Cultural Anthropology, Duke University: “Who Are You Calling Exploitative?” Child Laborers, Sacrificial Mothers, and the Uncaring State in Lima, Peru
  • Sara Appel, Literature, Duke University: Safely in the Net: Interdependence and the Working-Class Superhero in Katherine Arnoldi's The Amazing 'True' Story of a Teenage Single Mom page 4 How Class Works—2010

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5.6 The Construction of Class Consciousness

  • John P. Beck, Labor and Industrial Relations, Michigan State University: Murdering Labor?: How Contemporary Unions Have Fared in the American Mystery Novel, 1979 – 2009
  • Karen Veitch, Literature, University of Sussex: The Poetics of Class-Consciousness: Reading Genevieve Taggard in the Context of New Masses
  • Magnus Nilsson, Comparative Literature, Malmö University: Swedish Working-Class Literature and the Construction of Class
  • Michael J. Boyle, Graduate Center, City University of New York: Evangelical Faith and Working - Class Politics: Forever at Odds?

5.7 Class and the LGBT Experience

  • Jeff A. Cabusao, English, Bryant University and Todd Shaw, Political Science, University of South Carolina: Barriers Beyond Stonewall: Class, Race, and the LGBT Economic Justice Movement
  • Kim Palmore, University of California at Riverside: Classing Queers: Heteronormativity, Culture,and Queer Conventions
  • Sara R. Smith, University of California, SantaCruz: Gay and Lesbian Teachers and the Struggle Against the Briggs Initiative, 1976-1978
  • Yvette Taylor, Sociology, Newcastle University: Lesbian and Gay Parents: intersecting spatialites of class and sexuality

6.1 Class and Law I

  • Ahmed A. White, University of Colorado School of Law: Law, Liberalism, and Class Violence: The Legacy of the “Little Steel” Strike of 1937
  • Anne Marie Lofaso, West Virginia University College of Law: The Role of Employee Voice in Protecting Collective Job Security
  • Carla D. Pratt, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law: Race, Class, and the Formation of Law and Legal Systems

6.2 Why Is There No Socialism in America?

Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918, and literary executor for Ted Allen

6.3 Telling Labor Stories

  • Betty Wilson, Curriculum developer for the Cityof New York, UAW Local 1981, National Writers Union, DC37: Mr. Jefferson's Piano and Other Central Harlem Stories
  • Jane LaTour, DC37 AFCSME: Sisters in the Brotherhood, working women organizing for equality in New York
  • Sue Doro, National Writers Union SF Bay Chapter; UALE, Retired IAM, Retired AFGE: Home, Heart & Hard Hats, Blue Collar Goodbyes
  • Timothy Sheard, Assistant Director, Infection Control and Epidemiology, SUNY/Downstate Hospital, Brooklyn, UAW Local 1981, National Writers Union New York Chapter Steering Committee: The Lenny Moss mysteries

6.4 Class Dynamics in Europe, Javits 223 (by videoconference)

6.5 Pedagogy of Class II

  • Anthony Tambureno, OISE University of Toronto: Bringing labor history to youth: Refl ections on the West Virginia Labor History Project
  • Emily Drabinski, Instruction Librarian, Long Island University, Brooklyn: Teaching About Class in the Library
  • Michelle B. Gaffey, English, Duquesne University: A Pedagogical Response to, “I’m never shopping at Wal-Mart again!”
  • Sharon Szymanski and Dianne Ramdeholl, The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies: Shock Therapy: Class Pedagogy for Electricians

6.6 Studies in Service Work

  • Cagdas Ceyhan, Communication Sciences, Anadolu University and Mustafa Berkay Aydın, Sociology, Middle East Tecnical University: Retail Workers' Working Conditions, Opinions of 'Organization' and Culture : A Case Study From Ankara/ Turkey
  • Lou Martin, History, Chatham University: Industrial Workers and the Shift to a Service Economy in West Virginia, 1950-1990
  • Marquita Walker, Labor Studies, Indiana University School of Social Work: Strength through cultural heritage: Lived experiences of hotel workers during a union organizing drive
  • David Van Arsdale, Sociology, SUNY Onondaga Community College: The Proliferation and Consequences of Temporary Help Work: A Cross-Border Comparison

6.7 Screening and Discussion: Pakathi – Soweto’s “in the Middle” Class

7.1 Class in Action: Worker Centers and Organizing

7.2 Class and Law II

  • Ellen Dannin, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law: Not a Limited, Confined, or Private Matter – The Class-Based Defi nition of Who Is an “Employee” under the National Labor Relations Act
  • James Grey Pope, Rutgers School of Law--Newark: Race, Race Consciousness, and Constitutional Law in the Making of the American Working Class, 1787-1964

7.3 Class Consciousness and Worker Action

  • Christine F. Zinni, Filmmaker, SUNY Buffalo and Ruth Meyerowitz, SUNY Buffalo: Round The Clock: Buffalo Workers and the Fight For Jobs with Justice
  • Claire Ceruti, Classifiying Soweto project, University of Johannesburg: Striking against a politically explosive background: hidden possibilities in the 2005 - 2007 South African strikes
  • Esra Dabagcı, Sociology, Ankara University and Mustafa Kemal Coskun, Sociology, Ankara University: Class Consciousness as Interpretation and Changing Act of the Social Life: The Case of Mineworkers in Turkey
  • Rene Rojas, Sociology, New York University: Bringing the Shop Back In: Politics of Production and Worker Militancy during the 2008-2009 Bronx Cookie Strike

7.4 The Culture of De-industrialization

  • Christine J. Walley, Anthropology, MIT: Deindustrializing Chicago: A Daughter’s Story
  • David Wray, Social Sciences, University of Northumbria: Class or Collective Biography? : The influence of cultural remnants in post-industrial, single industry, communities
  • Scott C. Silber, Union organizer and community organizer: Sticks and Stones: Storytelling in the Traumatization of the Working Class and Recovery as Resistance

7.5 Country Studies III

  • Penelope Hayes, Business and Law, Auckland University of Technology: The New Middle Class or the End of Class? An Empirical Investigation into the Changing Composition of New Zealand’s Class Structure, 1896–2006
  • Ed Motamed: Labor in the Islamic Republic of Iran

7.6 Dynamics of Class Formation

  • Shannan Clark, History, Montclair State University: Contesting the Social Frontiers of Class: White-Collar Unionism in New York City during the Mid-1940s
  • Jean Alonso: In Harm’s Way: Class Traits and Problems Originating in a Defense Plant

7.7 Class, Race, and Gender in the Building of a Progressive Majority – a roundtable discussion

  • Carl Bloice, The Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
  • Ira Grupper, The Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
  • Mark Solomon, The Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
  • Mildred Williamson, Illinois Department of Public Health, The Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism

8.1 Dinner

  • Barbara Bowen, speaker, President, Professional Staff Congress - CUNY

8.2 Party

  • Maria Maisto, President, New Faculty Majority "The Condition of Contingent Academic Labor"

9. Plenary Session: The Challenge of Charter Schools

  • Leo Casey, Vice-President for High Schools, United Federation of Teachers, NYC
  • Kamilah Jarvis, Chicago charter school teacher/ high school English

10.1 Crashing the Boys’ Club: Women in the Skilled Trades

  • Amy Bromsen, Political Science, Wayne State University: Driven over the Brink at Chrysler: The Struggle and Death of Linda Gilbert
  • Amy Peterson, Nontraditional Employment for Women: NEW: You learn more than just the basics
  • Laurel Parker, IBEW Local 3, Empire State College: Women Building Bridges in the Construction Trades

10.2 Class in Literature I

  • Alisa Balestra, Miami University: The Many Articulations of ‘Working-Class’ in Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues
  • Sherry Lee Linkon, Center for Working-Class Studies, Youngstown State University: Deindustrialization Lit: Stories from the Next Generation
  • Tim Libretti, English, Northeastern Illinois University: The Reconfi guration of Class Consciousness through Anti-Colonial Nationalist Politics in the Novels of Milton Murayama: Theorizing Working-Class Literary Studies in the Age of Cosmopolitanism
  • Sarah Attfield, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia: UK Grime and the Expression of Working Class Culture

10.3 Class Dynamics in Communities I

  • Alpkan Birelma, Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History, Bogazici University: In search of the “working class”: Workers’ subjectivity and agency in a neighborhood of Istanbul
  • Ajay Panicker, Sociology, Saint Cloud University and Sudarshana Bordoloi, Geography, York University: Class formation and the Local/Global Dialectic: Explaining Proletarianization in Kerala, India
  • Joseph Varga, Labor Studies, Indiana University of Bloomington: Geographies of Class in South Central Indiana
  • Fran Shor, History, Wayne State University: U. S. Consumers and the Problematics of Solidarity with Global Sweatshop Workers

10.4 Class Confl ict in the Ivory Tower

  • Michelle M. Tokarczyk, English, Goucher College: So You Think You’ll Find Another Tenured Position?: The Case for Fighting Where You Stand
  • Steve Street, Buffalo State College: Class under Glass: The Two Faculty Tiers in Higher Education as a Microcosm of Class Dynamics
  • Sharon O’Dair, English, Univeristy of Alabama: Universal Access, Prestige-Driven Research, and the Creation of a Class System in the Academic Profession

10.5 The Changing Labor Process and Working Class Experience

  • Umit Akcay, Economics, Ordu University: Young, Cheap, Flexible and Un-unionized: New Participants of Working Class, The Call Centre Workers
  • Charley Richardson, Labor Extension Program, University of Massachusetts Lowell: Working Alone: Isolation and Class Solidarity in the Modern Workplace
  • Laura Clawson, Working America: The Decline of Associationalism and Prospects for Working-Class Mobilization
  • Nancy Lessin, United Steelworkers' Tony Mazzocchi Center for Health, Safety and Environmental Education: Hiding the Injuries of Class: Management’s Plan for Individualizing Harm, Destroying Solidarity and Hiding the Toll of Work-related Injuries

and Illnesses

  • Paul Landsbergis, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, State University of New York Downstate School of Public Health, Brooklyn, NY: Changing Nature of Work and Worker Health: Evidence and Labor Union Interventions

10.6 Theories of Class

  • Hira Singh, Sociology, York University: Class and Caste: Trajectory of an Erroneous Discourse from Max Weber to Louis Dumont
  • Konstantinos Passas, National University of Athens: Class Structure of Greek Society: A Comment on Productive and Unproductive Labor
  • Ron Scott, Organizer, Founding Member of the Detroit Branch of the Black Panther Party: Beyond Money: Towards a New Defi nition of Class
  • Andor Skotnes, History, The Sage Colleges: Paper: Rethinking Nicos Poulantzas and the Structural Determination of Class

10.7 Class Tracks in Language

  • Jacqueline Preston, English, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Collective Rhetorics: Tropes, Schemes, and Ideographs in Two Rural Communities
  • Kim Hackett, English Composition, University of Akron: Language Differences in a Juvenile Correctional Classroom: A Teacher’s Experience
  • Janice Kelly, Communication, Molloy College and Millie Burns, Art, Marymount Manhattan College: Conflicting Messages: Hip Hop Reality TV shows Moguls’ Formula For Success, Class, and Culture

11.1 The Working Class in Contemporary U.S. Politics

  • Carl Davidson, Author, and Co-chair, The Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
  • Randy Shannon, Treasurer of Pennsylvania 4th Congressional District Chapter of Progressive Democrats of America, The Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
  • Renee Y. Carter, Co-Chair, The Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism

11.2 The Academic Job Market in Working Class Studies – a roundtable discussion

11.3 The Arts in Working Class Activity

  • Erika Schneider and Jon Huibregtse, Framingham State College: Art in Federal Buildings: Class struggles for an acceptable past
  • Carol Quirke, American Studies, SUNY Old Westbury: “A United Nations in One Union Shop:” Local 65 Distributive Workers Union and Representing Diversity
  • Ruth Meyerowitz, SUNY Buffalo: Channels: Stories From the Niagara Frontier: Three Years of Short Films about Effective Community Based Strategies to Deal with Issues of Class, Poverty and Public Policy

11.4 Country Studies IV

  • Erik Bengtsson, Economic History, University of Gothenburg: Workers’ Party, Workers’ Politics? Blue-collar workers in the Swedish Social Democratic Party today
  • Hugo Ceron-Anaya, Sociology and Anthropology, Washington College: Golf, Class, and Business in Mexico: A Case Study
  • Claire Ceruti, Classifiying Soweto project, University of Johannesburg: Are Soweto’s Unemployed a Labour Reserve?

11.5 Class in Literature II

  • Vanessa Hall, New York City College of Technology: Blue Collar Redux: Carver and the Working Class Renaissance of the 1970s
  • Joan Clingan, Humanities and Sustainability Education, Prescott College: Sustainable Justice: Considering Social and Ecological Justice through Literature
  • Linda McCarriston, Creative Writing & Literary Arts, University of Alaska Anchorage: Tillie’s Generation

11.6 Class and Blackness

  • Gregory Caldwell, History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz: The Division of Robert Beck: A Melancholic Performance of US-Style Patriarchy
  • Shanesha Brooks Tatum, American Culture, University of Michigan: Embodiment and the Politics of Craft: Black Women's Craft Communities
  • Tracy Carpenter, Comparative Studies, Ohio State University: African American Women and the Recovery Folk Movement

12.1 Class Dynamics in Communities II

  • Beshon Smith, The University of Maryland-Baltimore County: Caution at the Crossroad: The Intersection of Class and Culture for Upwardly Mobile, African American Families and their Neighborhood Choices
  • Nathan D. Delaney, History, University of Toledo: Community as Class
  • Stefan Ramsden, History, University of Hull: The remaking of working-class community 1945-2000

12.2 Country Studies V

  • Cemil Boyraz, International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University: Working-Class Reactions against Neo-Liberalism: An Analysis of Privatization Process in Turkey after the 1980s
  • Funmi Adewumi, Industrial Relations and Economics & Management Sciences, Osun State University: Trade Unions in the Global Economy: The Challenge of Social Movement Unionism
  • Tim Fowler, Political Science, Carleton University: If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up nowhere: Canadian labour and strategic voting.

12.3 The Language of Class in Politics

  • Betsy Leondar-Wright, Sociology, Boston College: TALKING OFTEN VS. TALKING LONG Towards a Sociolinguistics of the Class Cultures of Activist Groups
  • Robert M. Zecker, History, Saint Francis Xavier University: “Do You Take us for Kaffi rs or Zulus?” Race, Labor and Housing Competition as Seen in the Slovak Immigrant Press
  • Steve McClure, Geography and Geo-information Science, George Mason University: Actionable intelligence: zoning, land use and election outcomes in Prince William County Virginia[2]

Speakers list


  1. [1] How Class Works - 2010 Conference schedule, accessed July 22, 2010
  2. [2] How Class Works - 2010 Conference schedule, accessed July 22, 2010
  3. [3] How Class Works - 2010 Conference schedule, accessed July 22, 2010