Preliminary Program Schedule: Laborlore Conversations IV
Panel presentations will
take place in the Mumford
Room, 6th floor, Madison Building -- registration is now closed.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
7:00-8:30 pm -- FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
Morristown (2007), with filmmaker Anne Lewis [read bio]
Morristown documents the impact
of corporate globalization, free trade and immigration policy on working people's lives. In locations as far apart as the mountaints of east Tennessee and interior Mexico and Ciudad Juarez and in places ranging from factories to fields to union halls to stores and employment agencies, working people speak directly to the camera about their lives, work and dreams. The film explores the phenomenon of factory flight out of Morristown, Tennessee as well as the forces that cause immigration out of interior Mexico. It also documents Morristown poultry workers' efforts to organize to address their problems, a struggle that culminates with a union victory at a large processing plant in the city. (Adapted from http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/06/22/18429467.php)
Thursday, August 16, 2007
9:00-9:15 am -- Welcoming
Remarks & Introduction
American Folklife Center)
9:15-9:45 am -- Keynote Address
Topic: "In Katrina's Wake: The Building
Trades in New Orleans"
10:00-11:30 am -- Social Justice, The Environment
& the Ethics of Collaboration
McCarl [read bio]
Topic: "George Korson's Pioneering Fieldwork &
Brian McNeil [read bio] with Elaine
Purkey [read bio] & Freda Williams
Topic: "Organizing Coal Communities in West VA Around Issues of
Environmental Degradation and Social Justice"
Topic: "The 'Morristown' Project and Challenges in Community
Bob McCarl and Barbara Miller [read bio]
Topic: "Labor's Deconstruction at Environmental Sites; Environmental
Activism and the Consequences of Heavy Industry"
11:30-1:00 pm -- LUNCH
1:00-2:30 pm -- Collecting
and Contextualizing Laborlore
Convener: Paula Johnson [read bio]
Topics: "Assessment of Waterways Work; Representing and
Translating the Craft of Labor in the Museum"
Elaine Eff [read bio] with Janice
Marshall [read bio] & James
Lane [read bio]
Topics: "The Changing Nature of Work Traditions in a Watermen's Community;
Issues in Collecting and Collaborating Between Community Scholars and Scholars"
Carl Fleischhauer [read
and Presenting Labor Techniques & Traditions in Paradise Valley, NV;
Self-documentation Strategies and Methods"
2:45-4:15 pm -- Expressive
Culture, Work Culture and the Art of Representation
Convener: Maribel Alvarez [read
Topic: "Transnational Artisanal
Culture on the US-Mexico Border"
Julie Ardrey [read
Topic: "The Expressive Culture of Giacomo Patri"
Hal Cannon [read bio] and Susan
Church [read bio]
West Video Community Documentation
4:30-5:15 pm -- Summing Up
Topics: "The Big Red Songbook and a Short History of Labor Song Collecting"
7:00-9:30 pm -- Evening
Reception & Performance
Montpelier Room, 6th floor, Madison Building
Special guests and speakers (TBA)
Hazel Dickens [read
Seeger [read bio] & Elaine
in performance and conversation with Joe Wilson
and gathering to celebrate Archie Green's lifelong achievements