What has the "American Dream" looked like from the perspective of Iowa and Midwestern workers? To answer this question this conference will bring together UI faculty, students, and staff with labor, civil rights, and faith leaders for a day of conversation and community-building.
Keynote speaker: Pablo Alvarado, Exec. Director, National Day Laborers Organizing Network
With sessions including:
- UI Labor Center historian John McKerley on past Iowa workers’ struggles for freedom and dignity
- Micaela Rae Terronez from UI Special Collections, Mujeres Latinas Project on the importance of preserving immigrant workers’ stories
- Leaders of CTUL - Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (Center of Workers United in Struggle) - on how Twin Cities workers organized to achieve a $15 minimum wage and are now combating human trafficking in the construction industry
- A panel discussion featuring local stories, including Royce Peterson from Carpenter’s Local 1260 and Johnson County Supervisor Royceann Porter
Register by March 25 by calling 319-335-4144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; registration fee $20 (Includes lunch) payable by cash or check to Univ. of Iowa (can be waived for financial hardship).
Sponsored by the University of Iowa Labor Center, the Iowa Labor History Society, the UI Department of History, UI Public Policy Center, UI Center for Human Rights, and UI Chief Diversity Office. Part of the UI "American Dream" Theme Semester coordinated by the UI Office of Outreach and Engagement.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the UI Labor Center in advance at 319-335-4144.