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Program Schedule:
Laborlore Conversations IV

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

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

Thursday, August 16, 2007

9:00-9:15 am -- Welcoming Remarks & Introduction
View the webcast of the Welcoming Remarks, Introduction and Keynote Address [Running time 55:27]
Peggy Bulger (Director, American Folklife Center)

9:15-9:45 am -- Keynote Address
Nick Spitzer [read bio]
Topic: "In Katrina's Wake: The Building Trades in New Orleans"

10:00-11:30 am -- Social Justice, The Environment & the Ethics of Collaboration
View the webcast of this session [Running time 1:46:44]

Convener: Bob McCarl [read bio]
Topic: "George Korson's Pioneering Fieldwork & Research Ethics"

Brian McNeil [read bio] with Elaine Purkey [read bio] & Freda Williams [read bio]
Topic: "Organizing Coal Communities in West VA Around Issues of Environmental Degradation and Social Justice"

Anne Lewis
Topic: "The 'Morristown' Project and Challenges in Community Documentation"

Bob McCarl [read bio] 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
View the webcast of this session [Running time 1:27:58] 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 bio]
Topics: "Collecting 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
View the webcast of this session and the Summing Up remarks [Running time 2:27:44]

Convener: Maribel Alvarez [read bio]
Topic: "Transnational Artisanal Culture on the US-Mexico Border"

Julie Ardrey [read bio] and Mike Munoz [read bio]
Topic: "The Expressive Culture of Giacomo Patri"

Hal Cannon [read bio] and Susan Church [read bio]
Topic: "Deep West Video Community Documentation project"

4:30-5:15 pm -- Summing Up
David Roediger [read bio]
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 bio], Mike Seeger [read bio] & Elaine Purkey [read bio] in performance and conversation with Joe Wilson [read bio]

Participant reception and gathering to celebrate Archie Green's lifelong achievements

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