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Center for New Deal Studies

The Center for New Deal Studies features resources and activities that deepen our understanding of the lives of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and of the social, economic, political, and cultural history of the New Deal era in American history. The Center sponsors a variety of educational programs, including lecture series, course offerings, and publications.  In addition, the Center contains a remarkable collection of materials on the Roosevelts and the New Deal. These include books, photographs, videotapes, oral histories, manuscript collections, and thousands of pieces of ephemera of interest to Roosevelt scholars and researchers of the New Deal.

Events of Interest

Join us for discussions centered around this timely topic.  During the Great Depression, Americans grappled with hunger and malnourishment at the same time that the government struggled with questions of food production and distribution.  Sadly, many of these problems have resurfaced as the nation grapples with the effects of the Great Recession and a growing inequality of wealth.   In our first event, co-sponsored by the progressive news magazine, In These Times, we contemplate how food justice advocates may work with, rather than dictate to, communities that lack access to healthy and inexpensive food.

"Working With, Not Working On:  Reflections on Milwaukee's Food Desert"
Young Kim, Executive Director, Fondy Food Center, Milwaukee
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 5:30 P.M., AUD 244
Sponsored by the Center for New Deal Studies and In These Times

20th Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Lecture, Nov. 14, 2013
"The Past, Present and Future of the American Labor Movement" by Dorian T. Warren, Columbia University & Roosevelt Institute
For Professor Warren's PowerPoint Presentation (PDF), click here.

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The Center for New Deal Studies was established in the College of Arts and Sciences at Roosevelt University through a generous donation from Gwen Hirsch.

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