Colorado State University - Pueblo Ludlow Memorial Labor Fest features Walmart author

Colorado State University - Pueblo Ludlow Memorial Labor Fest features Walmart author

PUEBLO – The 2010 Ludlow Memorial Labor Fest at Colorado State University-Pueblo April 21-22 will feature a faculty author, a panel providing students with a reality check about employment after graduation, and a presentation by one of the nation's preeminent labor historians Nelson Lichtenstein, author of The Retail Revolution:  How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business, an ambitious effort to dissect the full extent of Wal-Mart's business operations, its social effects, and its role in the U.S. and world economy.

The seventh 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 monument erected by the UMWA stands today in Ludlow, Colorado south of Pueblo in remembrance of the brave and innocent souls who died for freedom and human dignity. In December, 2008, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated the Ludlow site as a National Historic Landmark.

Dr. Jonathan Rees, professor of history, will kick off activities with a discussion of his recently published book, Representation and Rebellion: The Rockefeller Plan at the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company, 1914-1942, beginning at 5 p.m. on April 21 in Hasan School of Business 111. In Representation and Rebellion, Rees uses a variety of primary sources—including records recently discovered at the company’s former headquarters in Pueblo, Colorado—to tell the story of the Rockefeller Plan and those who lived under it, as well as to detail its various successes and failures. The primary collection utilized to tell this story was the Colorado Fuel and Iron Archives housed in Pueblo and owned by the Bessemer Historical Society.  Rees also will give his Rockefeller Plan Lecture at 1 p.m.  on April 17 1 p.m. at the InfoZone News Museum, 100 E. Abriendo Ave, 4th Floor of the Rawlings Library.

Lichtenstein will cover the return of merchant capitalism and compare early 19th century capitalism and commodity production and the unfree labor necessary for both with 21st century retail hegemony and the China connection. Lichtenstein’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 in Hasan School of Business Auditorium 101. Lichtenstein teaches at the University of California - Santa Barbara.

At noon on Thursday in CEEPS 242, a panel, The Real World: First Jobs, will explore trends in the hiring of new graduates and what students should expect in their first professional job. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Brad Gilbreath from the Hasan School of Business, and will feature CSU-Pueblo Career Center Director Michelle Gjerde, Robert Schwetje, Director, Human Resources at Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel, and Michael Hartkop, co-owner of Solar Roast Coffee, which has found both state-wide retail and national wholesale success with its line of naturally solar-roasted coffees. 

The InfoZone News Museum at the Rawlings Library will show the film Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train (NR) at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13. Matt Damon
narrates this biographical portrait of historian and activist Howard Zinn who passed away this
year, author of the pivotal A People's History of the United States, who's been at the forefront of progressive thought in America for decades. The documentary chronicles his commitment to social change through archival materials.


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