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History Brown Bag Workshop Series

2012 - 2013 Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Joey Fink, Ph.D. candidate in History, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
11.50 - 12.50 p.m., 34 Peachtree Street, Room 2131

“Don’t sleep with Stevens!” was the rallying cry of textile workers in the South in the 1960s and 1970s. The Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union fought J. P. Steven’s unsafe working conditions and low wages for almost twenty years; the high-profile battle was the inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film Norma Rae.

Joey Fink is the 2012 recipient of the Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History. She will present on the topic “The Many Norma Raes: Working-Class Women in the Struggle to Organize J.P. Stevens in the 1970s” on Tuesday, November 13 from 11:50-12:50 in room 2131, 34 Peachtree Street. This talk will be of interest to anyone with interest in racial justice, gender equality, and workers’ rights.

Ms. Fink is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She writes, “We know nothing about these "Norma Raes," about how class, respectable womanhood, religion, and race shaped their political consciousness and their challenges to privilege and power. Placing this story in the context of the political and cultural shifts of the 1960s and 1970s, I examine how changing attitudes about gender, race, and sexuality affected women’s class-based activism and influenced union strategies, labor politics, and working-class culture.”

The Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History is awarded annually to individuals whose research in the Southern Labor Archives at GSU Library will lead to a book, article, dissertation, or other substantive product.

This talk is being co-sponsored by Georgia State University’s University Library and History Department.

2010 - 2012 Past Events

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Dr. Nick Wilding  gave a talk entitled 'The Sidereus Nuncius, reports from the margins and gutters', detailing adventures in exposing a forgery. You can read up on his adventures here:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Dr. Jake Selwood, presented "Left Behind: Subjecthood, Nationality and the Status of Jews after the Loss of English Surinam."

Wednesday, April 11th
Dr. Emilye Crosby, professor of history at SUNY Geneseo, will discussed "Anything I was big enough to do": A History of Women in SNCC."

Emilye Crosby, Professor of History at SUNY-Geneseo, is one of the foremost historians of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She is the author of A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, Mississippi and the editor of the recently published Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles, a National Movement. She is currently a fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute of Emory University, where she is working on a study of women in SNCC.

Monday, March 19, 2012 
Dr. R. Thomas Bobal presented "Something Thoroughly and Uncompromisingly Foreign": Arab Peoples in American Thought, about American perceptions of Middle Eastern peoples circa 1900-1960. For anyone interested in American engagement with the Middle East and constructions of racial and ethnic identity in the US, this was a fascinating talk.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Dr. Duccio Basosi of Ca' Foscari University of Venice visited GSU as part of the International Exchange program, and shared his work, US Decline in the 1970s: Rhetoric or Reality?.  This talk offered an initial reappraisal of the debate on US decline of the 1970s and 1980s.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Casey Cater, Ph.D. candidate in history, presented "Generating a New South: The Rise of Electricity and Modernity in Georgia."

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Dr. Ghulam Nadri discussed his most recent work, "The Political Economy of the Indigo Industry and Trade in India, 1500-1900." 

Monday, October 3, 2011
Dr. Cliff Kuhn
presented his new research on the sociologist Arthur Raper. The talk was titled "Globalizing the American South at Mid-Century: The Case of Arthur Raper."

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Nathalie Massip talked about "The 'New Western History': Historiography and Representations." Nathalie is a visiting grad student/scholar from University of Toulouse and preparing to defend her dissertation in June.

Wednesday, April 14, 2011
John Southard, recently of Texas Tech, discussed his work on U.S. counterinsurgency strategies in the Vietnam War: "The Critical Link: U.S. Navy Corpsmen in Combined Action Platoons."

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 
Dr. Karen Phoenix presented a paper entitled "Each Bearing a Polish and American Flag: The US Young Women's Christian Association, the Polish Grey Samaritans, and Nationalism in Post World War I Poland."

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 
Dr. Jake Selwood presented a chapter draft entitled "Present at the Creation: Diaspora, hybridity and the place of Jews in the history of English toleration" for feedback.

Wednesday, March 10, 2011 
Dr. Wendy Venet talked about "Atlanta and the Georgia Secession Debate."

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 
Dr. Andrew Kurt presented "Prester John’s Ethiopian Kingdom at the Crossroads of Christian and Muslim Worlds."

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Dr. Matthew Quest gave a talk entitled "Examining The Contents of the Kimathi Mohamed/Stanley McClinton Archive: Meditating on the Merits of a Privately Held Collection of Primary Sources."

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 
Dr. Robin Connor discussed transgressive masculinity in the post-Civil War Western Army.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 
Dr. Carolyn Biltoft discussed "The Linguistic Pivot: Communications, Geopolitics and Political Economy, 1850-1950."

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Dr. Kelly Erby presented her paper “The Origins of Dining Out in America: Social Hierarchy and Identity in the Antebellum Restaurant."

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 
Dr. David Sehat discussed his NEH grant proposal "Contentious Faiths: Religion and Political Theory at the American Founding."

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 
Dr. Kate Wilson discussed "Ethnic Renewal: Space, Place and Struggle in Philadelphia's Chinatown."

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 
Dr. Mary Rolinson discussed her current research project on the life and career of Mabel Murphy Smythe, an African American woman who grew up among the Atlanta elite in the 1920s and 30s, earned a PhD in Economics at the University of Wisconsin in 1942, and went on to an international career as an educator, diplomat, and expert on international refugees.