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Monday, October 15, 2012 - Award-winning author to discuss race issues and labor history

By Eric Reikowski, media relations assistant

Award-winning author David Roediger will present his lecture “U.S. Spring: The Freedpeople’s Jubilee and the Spread of Freedom Dreams” from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Oakland Center Oakland Room. 

Dr. Roediger is the Kendrick C. Babcock Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an esteemed scholar on racial issues and labor history.

In 1992, he received the Merle Curti Award for his book “The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class.” Given by the Organization of American Historians, the award honors the best book on social history. 

Additionally, Dr. Roediger’s article “Inbetween Peoples” was recognized with the Carlton C. Qualey Memorial Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. He is co- author of the book “Our Own Time: A History of American Labor and the Working Day,” which chronicles the movement to shorten the workday in the United States.

Free and open to the public, this event is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, the Department of History, the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, the American Studies Concentration and the journal “Critical Sociology.”

For additional information, contact Dr. Graham Cassano at cassano@oakland.edu or (248) 370-2433.