The Program

Please click here for the FINAL version of conference schedule, including the very last minute changes that took place at the conference.  Thank you to all of you who submitted papers and workshops!  The conference was a great success.  Over 360 people came together in Chicago for four days of labor and working-class history. We were honored to have Bettie Mae Fikes, (SNCC Freedom Singers, collaborator with Mavis Staples) with us throughout the conference.  For a sample of Bettie Fikes' music, click here.  Bucky Halker put together a great line-up for our Friday night event "Class and Song," consisting of renowned folk singer and scholar Janet Bean (Freakwater and the 11th Dream Day), Jon Langford (Mekons/Waco Bros.),  Bill Brickey (Old Town School of Folk Music, Don Stiernberg (Jethro Burns, Alice Peacock),  and Tom Pierkarski (Jon Prince and Ralph Covert).  For more about Bucky Halker, click here and for more on a recent project that captured Illinois' rich heritage of folk music and featured many of the musicians listed above, click here. Thank you to Nancy MacLean and Bob Bruno for emceeing the Saturday night dinner at the UNITE Hall and to James Thindwa (Jobs with Justice), Jorge Ramirez (Chicago Federation of Labor), and Tom Balanoff (SEIU Local 1) for their poignant remarks about jobs, labor, and class struggles today.


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LAWCHA-Chicago Conference May 28-31, 2009

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