UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Reception 4 p.m.
Lecture 4:30 p.m.
Kinnickinnic River Theater, 320 University Center, UWRF
Professor of History, University of Minnesota
When Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on April 4, 1968, he was in Memphis, Tennessee, to support 1300 African American sanitation workers who were on strike for what he called “the dignity of labor.” Pointing out that garbage collectors were as critical to public health as doctors, yet paid far less, he asserted; “Whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity, and it is for the building of humanity, it has dignity and it has worth.”
Drawing on his research into public employment in the 20th century United States, Professor Jones explains why the work of garbage collectors and other public employees has been devalued and how those workers have mobilized to assert the dignity of their labor. This history is particularly relevant as we face rising economic inequality, debates over the rights of workers, and the growing significance of service work in the 21st century.
Driving & parking
CONFIRMED - We are allowed 30 free spaces in Pay 2 Lot (immediately south of the University Center, on Wild Rose Ave.) for the first 30 vehicles with this printable dashboard permit. IMPORTANT>>>Permit users must park between the "reserved signs" posted at each end of the available parking rows, with permit on driver's side dashboard.
every 15 minutes 7 - 9 p.m.
The lecture series honors the memory of Professor Ed Peterson, who taught at UWRF from 1954 to 2005. It addresses issues that were the focus of Dr. Peterson's academic life and are still relevant today: war and peace, abuses and limits of power, the struggle for democracy in the twentieth century.
Contributions may be added to the fund over time. Any questions may be directed to Michael Kahlow, History and Philosophy Department, firstname.lastname@example.org 715-425-3164 or UWRF Foundation Office, email@example.com 715-425-3505.
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