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GETTING TO WORK:
Labor Issues in the 21st Century

November 19, 2009 @ 6:30pm

KIM BOBO, THOMAS FRANK, THOMAS GEOGHEGAN, & ANDREW ROSS, moderated by Bookforum’s editor CHRIS LEHMANN

Tishman Auditorium, 66 W. 12th Street, New York, NY

http://www.bookforum.com/work

GETTING TO WORK:
Labor Issues in the 21st Century

November 19, 2009 @ 6:30pm

KIM BOBO, THOMAS FRANK, THOMAS GEOGHEGAN, & ANDREW ROSS, moderated by Bookforum’s editor CHRIS LEHMANN

Tishman Auditorium, 66 W. 12th Street, New York, NY

http://www.bookforum.com/work

Bookforum, in conjunction with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, will host a discussion on November 19, 2009, at the New School to investigate how the American workforce has changed, how work can be fairly rewarded in a post-industrial economy, and what rights still exist.

Panelists include: Kim Bobo, Director, Interfaith Worker Justice, and author, Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid—And What We Can Do About It; Thomas Frank, noted essayist; founder and editor of The Baffler; regular columnist, Wall Street Journal; and author, The Wrecking Crew, What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America; Thomas Geoghegan, labor lawyer based in Chicago, and author of See You in Court, Which Side Are You On?, and Trying to Be For Labor When It’s Flat On Its Back; Andrew Ross, chair, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU, and author, Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times; moderated by Bookforum Editor, Chris Lehmann.

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Bookforum at The New School: Getting to Work – Labor Issues in the 21st Century

11/19/2009 6:30 p.m.

During earlier economic crises, American labor has risen up to fight for reform. Where is organized labor now? Have American workers surrendered their expectations in order to compete within the world market? As American workers come to resemble their counterparts in countries that have become the site of so many offshored jobs, can they ever re-unite, or are they doomed to compete in a downward spiral of diminishing rights, including the right to organize themselves?

Bookforum, in conjunction with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, will host a discussion at The New School about how the American workforce has changed, how work can be fairly rewarded in a post-industrial economy, and what rights workers still have.

Panelists include Kim Bobo, director of Interfaith Worker Justice, long-time advocate for workers’ rights, and author of Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid—And What We Can Do About It; Thomas Frank, noted essayist, founder and editor of The Baffler, regular columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and author of What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America;Thomas Geoghegan, a labor lawyer based in Chicago, where he recently ran for the 5th District congressional seat, and author of Which Side Are You On?: Trying to Be For Labor When It’s Flat On Its Back; and Andrew Ross, chair of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU and author of Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times. Moderated by Bookforum editor Chris Lehmann.

Location:

Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street

Admission:

5 USD general admission; Free admission to all students and New School faculty, staff and alumni with ID through the New School Box Office. Special offer: Free admission to all teachers, union and AARP members with ID, as well as Artforum and Bookforum subscribers and contributors. Please contact [email protected] or call 212.475.4000 if you are a member of one of these special offer categories.

November 17, 2009