The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Non-GC Events

2/2- “Labor Past and Present” Columbia U Conference


You are invited to attend Labor Past and Present: Bringing History and Activism Together. This conference will be held at Columbia University Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 106, on February 2, 2024, from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm EST.

This conference asks: what is the value of history to labor? What is the value of labor to history? How might we better bring the lessons of the past to laborers, labor organizers, scholars, students, and the public at large? And how does centering non-traditional labor and underrepresented experiences in labor organizing and labor history help us to better understand both?

Join as they explore these questions through the research of graduate student panelists and roundtable discussions. Panels and roundtables include: “Labor & Culture,” “Labor & Health,” “State, Statelessness, and the Law”, “Teaching Labor and Labor History” and “Labor Today: Crisis and Resurgence.”

You can view the tentative schedule and list of speakers, as well as register for Labor Past and Present using this link [] or the QR code in the attached flyer. All registered guests will receive a boxed lunch and are invited to join the speakers and presenters for a reception from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. All attendees must pre-register by January 31, 2024. This conference is in-person only.


If you have any questions, please contact conference organizers: Juliana DeVaan (; Samuel Niu (; Isobel Plowright (; or Anusha Sundar (


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