CSU–Pueblo Ludlow Labor Fest features UMW President, sweatshop expert, symposium


Colorado State University-Pueblo will commemorate the anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre (April 20, 1914) with four days of events this month. The sixth annual Ludlow Memorial Labor Fest activities coincide with the anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre, during which 17 miners, wives, and children lost their lives in April, 1914. A memorial to the miners was built in 1918 south of Pueblo. The site has been designated a National Historic Landmark and will be dedicated in June.

On April 22, Charles Kernaghan, director of the National Labor Committee will discuss his efforts to end child labor and sweatshop abuses in the global economy beginning at 6 p.m. in the OUC Ballroom. Kernaghan is the leading anti-sweatshop voice, appearing regularly in major U.S and international media outlets. The National Labor Committee helps defend the human rights of workers in the global economy by investigating and exposing human and labor rights abuses committed by U.S. companies producing goods in the developing world. Kernaghan has traveled the world researching worker rights abuses and meeting with the young workers who make our clothing and other products for some of the world’s wealthiest corporations. He may forever be known as the activist who made Kathie Lee Gifford cry when he revealed during congressional testimony in 1996 that child laborers in Honduras were making the Gifford clothing line sold at Wal-Mart.

On April 23, the InfoZone Theater at the Rawlings Public Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., will present a screening of King Vidor’s Our Daily Bread at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The 1934 film, directed by King Vidor and starring Karen Morley, Tom Keene, and John Qualen, features John and Mary Sims, city-dwellers who are hit hard by the financial fist of the Depression. Driven by bravery (and sheer desperation) they flee to the country and, with the help of other workers, set up a farming community - a socialist mini-society based upon the teachings of Edward Gallafent. The newborn community suffers many hardships - drought, vicious raccoons and the long arm of the law - but ultimately pull together to reach a bread-based Utopia.

On April 24, United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Hasan School of Business Auditorium. A sixth-generation coal miner and one of the labor movement's most stirring and sought-after orators, Roberts became President of the United Mine Workers (UMWA) of America in 1995, having served as Vice President of the union since December 1982. He succeeded Richard L. Trumka, who was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO.Growing up on Cabin Creek in Kanawha County, WV, Roberts heard the stories of his family, including a great-uncle, Bill Blizzard, who was a legendary organizer during the West Virginia mine wars of the 1920's and a UMWA District President under John L. Lewis. Both of his grandfathers were killed in the mines. In 2004, he became the first President in the history of the United Mine Workers of America to be elected by acclamation by the membership for three
consecutive terms. In October of 2005, he was appointed to the Executive Committee of the
AFL-CIO’s Executive Council. At the end of 2008, he became the second longest standing President of the UMWA, second only to Lewis.

Prior to Roberts lecture, a K-12 teacher workshop entitled “Incorporating the History of Southern Colorado into a US History Course” will be held on Friday afternoon from 4-5:30 p.m. in Hasan School of Business 111. Featuring noted scholar Maria Montoya of New York University, author of Translating Property: The Maxwell Land Grant And The Conflict Over Land In The American West, 1840-1900 and soon to be published Dreams of Wealth and Promises of Reform: John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s and Josephine Roche’s Battle Over the Colorado Coal Field, the workshop is free and open to all regional teachers with an interest in the topic.

The Labor Fest activities will conclude on Saturday, April 25 with the Colorado Fuel and Iron Symposium, an academic conference featuring noted authorities on a variety of research topics related to Ludlow and labor history (A complete schedule follows this release.). The day-long symposium will begin at 9 a.m. and include multiple sessions on Roger Corwin and the Sociological Department and Employee Representation Plans, and John D. Rockefeller Jr. in addition to a noon address by Sarah Deutsch, professor and dean of social sciences at Duke University and author of No Separate Refuge: Culture, Class, and Gender on an Anglo-Hispanic Frontier in the American Southwest, 1880-1941 as well as a presentation by Thomas Andrews, University of Colorado - Denver, author of Killing for Coal.

Events conclude with a reception at 4 p.m. hosted by the Bessemer Historical Society at the Steelworks Museum, 215 Canal St.

For more information on Ludlow events, contact Jonathan Rees, associate professor of history, at 549-2541 or jonathan.rees@colostate-pueblo.edu.

Colorado Fuel and Iron Symposium
Saturday April 25 - Hasan School of Business


8:45 a.m. - Welcome and Introduction
Roy Sonnema- CSU-Pueblo Dean of College of Humanities and Social Sciences

9- 10:15 a.m. - Session I- Richard Corwin and the Sociological Department
Moderator: Fawn-Amber Montoya

“Big enough to consider little things”- Lynn M. Burlbaw, Texas A&M University

“Making New Citizens: The Colorado Fuel and Iron Corporation’s Americanization Program.”
Gayle Berardi, CSU-Pueblo

"Richard Warren Corwin: CF&I's link to Eugenics"-
Brian Clason, Martin Luther King Jr. Early College

10:20-10:40 a.m. - “Song Of Pueblo: An Oratorio” - Juan Espinosa
10:45-11:30 a.m. Session II –Book Session- Dreams of Wealth and Promises of Reform: John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s and Josephine Roche’s Battle Over the Colorado Coal Fields -Maria Montoya, New York University

11:30-Noon - Break for Lunch
Noon -1:00 p.m. -Keynote Speaker- HSB 101

Introduction: Russ Meyer, Provost, CSU-Pueblo

“The State of the Field” Sarah Deutsch, Duke University

1:10-2:40 p.m. - Session III-Ludlow, The Employee Representation Plan, And John D. Rockefeller Jr.
Moderator: Jonathan Rees

“On the Edge of Aztlan: Uniones de los Mineros, Chicano/Hispano Lived Experiences, and the I in CF&I”
Ronald L. Mize, Cornell University

“A Tale of Two Employee Representation Plans in the Steel Industry: Pueblo, Colorado and Sydney, Nova Scotia”
Greg Patmore, The University of Sydney

“In Order to Form a More Perfect Worker: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and the Reconstruction of Miner Masculinity, 1914-1920”-
Robin C. Henry, Wichita State University

"Following the Money in the 1913-14 Southern Colorado Coal Strike"
Anthony DeStefanis, Otterbein College

2:55-3:45 p.m. - Session IV-Book Session-
Killing for Coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War-
Thomas Andrews, University of Colorado at Denver

4-5 p.m. Bessemer Historical Society Reception- Steelworks Museum- 215 Canal Street
“Bessemer Archives: A Partner in Developing Appreciation and Understanding”-
Deena Harper & Lynn M. Burlbaw, Texas A&M University

5 -5:45 p.m. - Session V-Book Session –
From Redstone to Ludlow- John Cleveland Osgood's Struggle Against the United Mine Workers of America-
Darrell Munsell, Professor Emeritus, West Texas A&M University

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