Bodies of workers on street after jumping from fire at Triangle Factory. More were to follow. Mar 25, 1911

Triangle Fire

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CWE Closed Today Jan 3rd – Severe Weather

CWE Closed Today Jan 3rd – Severe Weather. No classes. Building closed.

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Labor Studies: DVDs @ CWE

Labor Studies: Films @ CWE Dec 2013
Struggles in Steel
Hammering it out: Women in the Construction Zone
Maquilapolis (City of Factories)
Made in China
Made in India
Made in L.A.
Made in Thailand
Maid in America
The Willmar 8
A. Philip Randolph: For jobs and freedom
At the River I stand
Brother Outside: The life of Bayard Rustin
The Business of America
Collison Course
Controlling Interest
Final Offer
Five factories: Worker control in Venezula
A Killer Bargain
Maquilapolis (City of Factories)
Miles of smiles, tears of struggles
Shattering the silences
These hands
Unnatural Causes
Where do you stand
Free Show Tonite
From Mambo to Hip Hop, A South Bronx Tale
From Pictures to Words
Girl Inside
Glory-Two Disc
Harlan County USA
Hell to pay
Here One Day
Highway Courtesans
Into Great Silence
La Jetee/Saba Soleil
Looking for Langston
Lost Kingdoms of Africa
Love women and flowers
Mountains that take wing
My Feminism
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night
Night and Fog
Passion for justice
Performing the Border
Philosohers, Falsifiability and Freedom v.3
Philosophers, Evolution or Revolution v.4
Philosophers, Human nature:Justice Versus Power v.1
Philosophers, The Glass is on the Table v.2
Preschool: Americas Best Investment
Primary Sourc-Documents in Global History
Primary Source Investigator: American History
Race: The Power of Illusion
Remote Sensing
Roger & Me
S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine
Senorita Extraviado
Silent Waters
Sisters in Law
Some real heat
Stories We Tell
Tea and justice
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
The Camden 28 Disc 1
The Day I Will Never Forget
The Devil’s Miner Disc 3
The End of Print
The Miracle Worker
The Other Side of the Water
The Peacekeepers and the Women
The People’s Poetry Gathering
The Reckoning
The Sory of Chaim Rumkowaki and the Jews of Lodz
The View from here
The West Memphis Three
The Women Outside
The Wounded Platoon
Third World News Reel
Transnational Tradeswoman
Union Maids
Waiting for Superman
West of Memphis
Women: War and Peace
Wonders of the African World
Yari Yari
Paradise Lost (West Memphis case)
4 Little Girls
Act of Killing
African World
America Beyond the Color Line
Amazon sisters
Apache 8
Band Of Outsiders
Belfast Girls
Black in Latin America
Boy I Am
Bringing it all back home
Children of a Lesser God
Children of Men
Chisholm ’72-Unbought & Unbossed
Club Native
Crips and Bloods: Made in America
Dangerous Living: coming out in the developing world
Daughters of the Dust
Dead Man
Des Hommes Et Des Dieux
Dreaming Lhasa Disc 4
Ethnic Nations
Everyone their grain of sand
Femmes Aux Yeux ourety
Ferry Tales
Wonders of the African World
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Labor Studies New Books @ CWE Dec 2013

CWE Library Recent Acquisitions (Dec 2013)
Rank and File: Personal Histories by Working-Class Organizers By Alice Lynd and Staughton Lynd
Radical Unionism: The Rise and Fall of Revolutionary Syndicalism By Ralph Darlington
Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present By Immanuel Ness and Dario Azzellini
Myths of Male Dominance: Collected Articles on Women Cross-Culturally By Eleanor Burke Leacock
Marx on Gender and the Family: A Critical Study By Heather Brown
Lucy Parsons: An American Revolutionary By Carolyn Ashbaugh
Lessons for Our Struggle By Frances Fox Piven
Labor Régime Change in the Twenty-First Century: Unfreedom, Capitalism and Primitive Accumulation By Tom Brass
Fields of Resistance: The Struggle of Florida’s Farmworkers for Justice By Silvia Giagnoni
Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation By Jeff Bale and Sarah Knopp
Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution By Marvin Surkin and Dan Georgakas
Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism By Richard Wolff
Be Realistic: Demand the Impossible By Mike Davis
Autoworkers Under the Gun By Gregg Shotwell
Always on Strike By Arnold Stead
101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History Edited by Michele Bollinger and Dao Tran
Women and Socialism (Revised and Updated Edition): Marxism, Feminism, and Women’s Liberation, Sharon Smith
The Women Incendiaries: The Inspiring Story of the Women of the Paris Commune By Edith Thomas
The Turbulent Years: A History of the American Worker, 1933–1941 By Irving Bernstein, Foreword by Frances Fox Piven
The Lean Years: A History of the American Worker, 1920-1933 By Irving Bernstein, Foreword by Frances Fox Piven
The Labor Wars: From the Molly Maguires to the Sit-Downs By Sidney Lens
The Future of Our Schools: Teachers Unions and Social Justice By Lois Weiner
The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor: Birth of a New Workers’ Movement or Death Throes of the Old? By Steve Early
The 1937 Woolworth’s Sit-Down: Women Strikers Occupy Chain Store, Win Big By Dana Frank
Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States By Sharon Smith
Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of LGBT Liberation By Sherry Wolf
The Cornel West Reader, Cornel West (Author)Publisher: Basic Civitas
Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, A Memoir, Cornel West
Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom, Cornel West (Author)
Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism, Cornel West
Race Matters, Cornel West (Author), Publisher: Beacon Press; 1 edition
Dalton Trumbo: Johnny Got His Gun
Eldridge Cleaver: Soul on Ice
John Hershey: The Algiers Motel Incident
James Baldwin: Giovanni’s Room
Alice Walker: The Color Purple
Tom Wolfe: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot
Henry David Thoreau: On Walden Pond
Consumers and Citizens: Globalization and Multicultural Conflicts (Cultural Studies of the Americas, Vol. 6) By Nestor Garca Canclini (Author), George Yudice (Translator)
A Concise Introduction to Latin American Politics and Development (Paperback
 Born In Blood & Fire –A concise History of Latin America. Second edition.
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
The Comic Mind: Comedy and the Movies [Paperback] Gerald Mast.
Magical reels: a history of cinema in Latin America. King, John.
Mexico’s Cinema: A Century of Film and Filmmakers (Latin American Silhouettes)
The Philosophy of Laughter and Humor (SUNY Series in Philosophy) John Morreall (Editor)
Our Bodies, Ourselves Paperback by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective Touchstone
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John Sessions Memorial Award

John Sessions Memorial Award Recipients 1981 – 2013

Established in 1980, the John Sessions Memorial Award recognizes a library or library system which has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States. Such efforts may include outreach projects to local labor unions; establishment of, or significant expansion of, special labor collections; initiation of programs of special interest to the labor community; or other library activities that serve the labor community.

2013 Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
2012 Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University
2011 Russell Library, Business & Career Programs
2010 Murray-Green Library at Roosevelt University, Chicago
2009 Wirtz Labor Library
2008 The Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Union Affairs, Wayne State University
2007 James B. Carey Library
2006 Joan Cassidy NYSUT
2005 Bridgeport (CT) Public Library’s Historical Collection
2004 Ruth A. Haas Library, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Conn.
2003 Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
2002 The Web Design Group for the Allegheny County Labor Council
2001 Duane G. Meyer Library, Southwest Missouri State University
2000 Lodi Memorial Library of Lodi, New Jersey
1999 Libraries for the Future
1998 The Institute of Industrial Relations Library
1997 Englewood (NJ) Public Library
1996 Metropolitan Detroit Professionals Library, UAW Local 2200
1995 Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries & Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, Labor History Collection, Butte, Montana
1994 Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University
1993 Texas Labor Archives, University of Texas at Arlington
1992 National Association of Letter Carriers, Information Center, Washington, D.C.
1991 Dept. of Archives and Special Collections, Ohio University Libraries, Athens, Ohio
1990 Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, Minnesota
1989 Citizens Library (Peter G. Sullivan, Director), Washington
1988 Southern Labor Archives, Georgia State University
1987 Lorain (Ohio) Public Library
1986Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
1985 Birmingham (Alabama) Public Library
1984 Jackson-George Regional Library System, Pascagoula, Mississippi
1983 State Historical Society of Wisconsin Library
1982 Wagner Labor Archives, Bobst Library, New York University
1981 Muncie (Indiana) Public Library

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Founder Members of CWE

Center for Worker Education: Founding Members

Barry Feinstein
President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 237

Fred Caravan
Assistant Director, Leadership Program, NE Region, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Joe McDermott
Education Director, Teamsters, Local 237

Barbara Omolade
Educator, Teamsters Local 237 and Empire State College

Daniel Parker
Director, Leadership Program, NE Region, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Irwin Polishook
President, Professional Staff Congress, CUNY


Michael Arons
Professor of Physics

Marshall Berman
Professor of Political Science

Alice Chandler
Acting President (1978-1979)

Stanley Friedlander
Professor of Economics

Stephen Leberstein
Assistant to the Provost & Director, Program for Public Employees at 26 Federal Plaza

Ed Quinn
Professor of English

Morris Silberberg

Arthur Tiedemann
Acting President (1980-1981)

Irwin Yellowitz
Professor of History

CUNY (City University of New York)

Paul Le Clerc
Dean of Academic Affairs

David Robinson
Member, Board of Trustees

Joseph Murphy

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Center for Worker Education – Deans and Directors

Center for Worker Education: Deans and Directors

Irwin Yellowitz
History, Director 1981-1982

Stephen Leberstein
Executive Director, 1981- 2002

Ed Quinn
English, Director, 1982-1983

Leonard Kriegel
English, Director, 1983-1991

Karl Malkoff
English, Associate Dean, 1991-1997

William Herman
English, Associate Dean, 1997-1999

Harriet Alonso
History, Associate Dean, 1999-2002

Dan Lemons
Biochemistry, Associate Dean, 2002-2007

Juan Carlos Mercado
Foreign Languages, Dean, 2007-present

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