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Quite the World, Isn't It?

A reminder: Detroit-bound for Wednesday talk

I'm looking forward to heading to Detroit this week for a talk at the Detroit Public Library on Wednesday, then to sit on some panels at the annual North American Labor History Conference at Wayne State University.

The book talk is self-explanatory. We'll be in the Friends Conference Room, starting promptly at 6:30 p.m., where I'll talk about the book and then, I hope, lead a conversation with audience members about their experiences with Detroit. We'll discuss the need to overcome the legacy of racism and governmental/corporate policies to take advantage of what really is a yawning opportunity - a chance to rebuild a city, neighborhood by neighborhood. (And we'll be done in time to catch the Tigers-Yankees baseball playoff game on TV at Honest ? John's bar).

Thursday morning I'll give a reprise of the book talk to launch the Labor History Conference at 9 a.m. in McGregor Hall on the Wayne State campus, with comments from Beth Myers, director of the wonderful Walter Reuther Library; and two Wayne State professors, Steve Babson and Tracy Neumann.

That afternoon, I join Jack Lessenbery and Barb Ingalls to listen to Chris Rhomberg talk about his history of the Detroit newspaper strike, The Broken Table (Barb and I were active participants in that), and then give our take on the book (hint: I think Rhomberg did a solid job).

Saturday morning I'm back to talk about "The Legacy of the Ludlow Massacre" (the subject of my first book, Blood Passion) with Rosemary Feurer from Northern Illinois University, Anthony DeStefanis from Otterbein University, and Jonathan Rees from Colorado State University.

It's an academic conference so there's a registration fee, but I believe they also offer day fees. There should be details on the website somewhere. But the Library talk on Wednesday is free to the public.
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