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New Deal lecture to reflect on state of labor movements in America today

Posted: 10/23/2013
Since 1992, Roosevelt University’s Center for New Deal Studies has presented lectures or programs reflecting on issues related to the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the New Deal. This year’s event will analyze “The Past, Present and Future of the American Labor Movement.”  Free and open to the public, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Lecture will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m., in Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall, 7th floor, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Chicago native Dorian T. Warren, who specializes in the study of inequality, American politics and labor, will deliver the lecture.  He is as an associate professor in the School of International and Public Affairs and the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University.  In addition, he is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to carrying forward the values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Warren appears regularly on television and radio shows, including NBC Nightly News, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, BET, BBC and NPR.  Included on the 2013 list of NBC’s 100 People Making History Today, he is an expert on labor relations at WalMart and has a book coming out on the topic later this fall.
Warren’s lecture will reflect on labor movements in America, given the social movements and protests of the last several years, including the Occupy Movement and the Chicago teachers strike.

In previous years, the format of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Lecture has varied from formal lectures to theatrical performances and topics have ranged from media regulations to immigration rights. Last year, Jeff Madrick presented “Rediscovering Government” and in 2008 Professor William Leuchtenburg lectured on the FDR coalition from 1936 to 2008. Past participants have included Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, New Deal expert and writer Studs Terkel, former FCC commissioner Newton Minow, Liberian human rights activist Krubo Kollie and news analyst and reporter Cokie Roberts.
“While presentation topics and styles have been diverse, they have always sparked a lively discussion with an active and engaged audience,” said Roosevelt history professor Margaret Rung, who is the University’s director of the Center for New Deal Studies.

For more information, contact Rung at and to RSVP, email or call 312-341-3838.