“Labor’s Revival: Unions and the Struggle for Racial and Economic Justice”  |  A Lender Center Conversation

Oct. 24, 2022 |  4-8 p.m.  | Dineen Hall, Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom, Room 020

After decades of decline, the U.S. labor movement is once again on the rise, as workers turn to collective action to push back against stagnant wages and unsafe working conditions. What will this 21st century labor movement look like? How are workers challenging corporate greed and racist divide-and-conquer tactics? Hear from prominent labor leaders about the ongoing struggle for dignity and democracy at work.

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4-4:15 p.m.  Introductory Remarks

Dr. James Haywood Rolling Jr., Lender Center Co-Director and Dual Professor of Art Education and Teaching and Leadership in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Education

Dr. Marcelle Haddix, Associate Provost and Distinguished Dean’s Professor of Literacy, Race, and Justice

Dr. Gretchen Purser, Lender Center Co-Director and Associate Professor of Sociology in the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

4:15-5:45 p.m. Panel Moderated by Dr. Jennifer Breen, Syracuse University College of Law


Chris SmallsChris Smalls
President, Amazon Labor Union
Jaz BrisackJaz Brisack
Organizer, Starbucks Workers United
Johnnie KallasJohnnie Kallas
Director, Cornell University School of
Industrial and Labor Relations Labor Action Tracker

5:45-6 p.m.  Musical interlude by Professor Zeke Leonard and Professor Joanna Spitzner, Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts

6-6:55 p.m. Reception in Atrium with food, drink, and tabling by local organizations

7-8 p.m. Talk and Q&A With Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Erica SmallsErica Smiley

Executive Director, Jobs With Justice

Co-author, The Future We Need: Organizing for a
Better Democracy in the Twenty-First Century

Event Parking

Free parking is available in the Irving Avenue Garage. State that you are there for the Lender Center Conversation.