This past President’s Day weekend, National Labor College students pursuing their degrees in the School of Labor Studies spent four days together in the intensive residency component of the Living Labor History class – a class which introduces students to the major developments of working people, their organizations, and their communities over the course of American history.
The class was taught by Professors Lane Windham and Paul Gibson and featured group discussions about assigned readings in labor history and the film “Matewan.” Students also visited the IBEW headquarters in Washington, DC, which included a tour of the union’s museum with curator Curtis Bateman; and the AFL-CIO building, which included an overview of the federation by Jane McDonald, Mike Cavanaugh, and Glenn Perusek.
Dr. Jennifer Luff, Research Director at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor & the Working Poor at Georgetown University was a guest lecturer, and students also had an opportunity to work with the collections in the archives at the University of Maryland’s Hornbake Library. Musician Joe Uehlein performed and talked with the class about the history of labor songs.
Visit our Facebook page to view photo albums from the Spring 2013 Living Labor History residency class.