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Event Announcement: Dr. Michelle Rodino-Colocino Speaks on Photography and Worker Productivity

Dr. Michelle Rodino-Colocino, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University, will provide an overview of her research into the role that media has played in labor-management relations. This brown-bag presentation will take place at noon on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in the Reuther Conference Room of the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs. Her book-length project, Making Media Work: A Cultural History of New Media and Labor Management, explores how new media from film to smart phones has figured in management’s promotion of, and workers' resistance to, so-called “speedup” practices that intensify work for less return. The presentation is free and open to the public.  read more »

Event Announcement: Dr. Philip Mason at the Walter P. Reuther Library

Join the staff of the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs for an informal gathering with founding director Dr. Philip Mason at 3:30pm on Tuesday, March 24. Dr. Mason will share personal reflections on the 40th anniversary of the Reuther Library building’s initial construction in 1975. Following Dr. Mason’s remarks, attendees will be invited to visit the Reuther Library’s reading room, which has recently received a significant renovation with the support of an anonymous donor. The event is free and open to the public.

Reuther Library Announces Fishman Travel Grants to Visiting Scholars

The Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University is pleased to announce the awards from the Sam Fishman Travel Grant program for 2015. These annual grants provide up to $1,000 to support travel to the Reuther Library to access archival records related to the American labor movement. The award is named in honor of Sam Fishman, a former UAW and Michigan AFL-CIO leader.  read more »

Collection Spotlight: The Detroit Latino Records

(32810) Hispanos Unidos march, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1991

The Reuther Library recently had the privilege of opening the Detroit Latino Records to researchers. This collection consists of materials from numerous organizations gathered by Wayne State University professor José Cuello. Dr. Cuello has spent his career as an educator, researcher and activist for the Latino community and these records reflect his involvement in this community from 1969 to 1995.  read more »

Ernest Dillard Passing

(32650) Ernest Dillard, Portrait, 1969

The Reuther notes with sadness the passing of Ernest C. Dillard, who passed away at 101 years of age this week.

Ernest C. Dillard, Sr. was born in Montgomery, Alabama, on January 24, 1915, though the bulk of his labor and civil rights activities were in Detroit, Michigan. Dillard was an active member of United Auto Workers Local 15 and was the first African-American elected to a succession of UAW leadership posts. He retired in 1980 as assistant director of the UAW Community Action Program.  read more »

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