University of Notre Dame: Center for Social Concerns-Higgins Labor Program, Fall-2018 Events

Fall 2018 Events: 


Friday, August 31, 5pm, Geddes Coffee House

Topic: Scratch your Labor Day itch by discussing what’s on your mind about the world of work

Labor curious? Come to the Labor Cafe, where all persons are welcome and all opinions are tolerated.

LUNCHTIME LABOR RAPS (Research, Advocacy, & Policy Series)

Friday, September 7, 12:30 pm, Geddes Hall Coffeehouse

“Negotiating the Future of Work: Reflections and Predictions from a Veteran Labor Lawyer”

Tuck Hopkins, ND ‘74, retired attorney from Barnes & Thornburg

Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS feature experts—scholars, activists, and policymakers—exploring the past, present, and future of work, in the U.S. and beyond. All Notre Dame community members are welcome, and lunch is provided for those who RSVP here.


Friday, September 21, 4:30pm, Geddes Coffee House

Topic: Book Discussion of Luis Alberto Urrea’s The Devil’s Highway, a haunting account of undocumented immigrants, coyotes, and border agents

**Note the special time and format: This is part of the Center for Social Concerns’ book read in anticipation of Urrea’s campus visit on Oct. 2@5pm, in McKenna Hall. Interested in participating and want a free copy of the book? Contact the Higgins Labor Program.

Labor curious? Come to the Labor Cafe, where all persons are welcome and all opinions are tolerated.

​LUNCHTIME LABOR RAPS (Research, Advocacy, & Policy Series)

Friday, September 28, 12:30 pm, Geddes Hall Coffeehouse

“Global Unions, Strategic Campaigns: Worker Solidarity in the Age of Amazon”

Tim Beaty, ND ‘79, Director of Global Strategies, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS feature experts—scholars, activists, and policymakers—exploring the past, present, and future of work, in the U.S. and beyond. All Notre Dame community members are welcome, and lunch is provided for those who RSVP here.



Friday, October 26, 5pm, Geddes Hall Coffee House

Topic: TBD

Labor curious? Come to the Labor Cafe, where all persons are welcome and all opinions are tolerated.


Monday, October 29, 5:30pm, Geddes Hall Andrews Auditorium
Emily Twarog, Associate Professor of History and Labor Studies at the University of Illinois, and author of Politics of the Pantry (Oxford University Press, 2018)
“Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth Century America”
This lecture is cosponsored by the Department of History, Gender Studies, and American Studies.


Sunday, November 11, 3pm, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

We are still finalizing the title, but it will feature themes resonate with the 2018 Craypo Series on Food, Work, and Power. Stay tuned for more details.



Friday, November 16, 5pm, Geddes Hall Coffee House

Topic: Food & Work

Labor curious? Come to the Labor Cafe, where all persons are welcome and all opinions are tolerated.


Wednesday, November 28-29, Geddes Coffee House
Melody Gonzalez, ND ‘05, and a colleague from the Coalition for Immokalee Workers, will address the Fair Food Program in a series of meetings with students, faculty, staff, and community members. Details to follow.

How you’ve helped us respond to violence with vision and humanity.

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the violence in Charlottesville last August, we want to pause for a moment to thank you, the friends and supporters of the National Trust and the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, for responding to hate and violence with vision and humanity.

With you, we are doing the work of justice by telling a fuller American story. With you, we are lifting up the stories of African American artists, activists, and achievers, whose courage across every generation moved our nation closer to its founding ideals. And, with you, we have launched the Action Fund, the largest private campaign ever undertaken to preserve African American history in the places where it happened. We have received gifts totaling $6 million towards our goal of $25 million. Thank you.

Your passion and generosity are making it possible for the National Trust to uplift the largely overlooked contributions of African American places, from Nina Simone’s childhood home in rural North Carolina to Chicago’s South Side Community Art Center to Memphis’ Clayborn Temple. With the philanthropic support of our donors, we have awarded grants totaling more than $1 million to advance African American preservation throughout America, at places as diverse as New York’s free community of Weeksville, African American homesteader sites across the Great Plains, and the Civil Rights sites of Birmingham.

Excavating and elevating these places and stories allows for a thorough reckoning with the complex and difficult history of race in our country, which is essential in overcoming intolerance, injustice, and inequality. As the National Trust’s Action Fund Director Brent Leggs suggests so elegantly in a Fast Company article on the events in Charlottesville, we can only understand ourselves as a country—who we are and who we aspire to be—when we have a fuller sense of who we have been over the years, together.

We have much work ahead, but in this solemn week, we hope you will take heart from the progress we have made over the past year. Thank you for standing with us to create a stronger, more united America, one where all people see their stories and potential in the places that surround us.

With our thanks and admiration for your support,

Darren Walker
Phylicia Rashad

2018-2019 Academic Year – As you prepare for your classes

I had the pleasure to meet a number of our newest Faculty to Notre Dame as part of our Hesburgh Libraries efforts to connect our colleagues to our various library services.

As the Subject Librarian for Africana Studies (The Continent of Africa, the United States and the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora) at the University of Notre Dame, I want my faculty colleagues  to consider the following Hesburgh Libraries Services as you make final plans to your Course Syllabus as well as to your Sakai site.

I have a limited budget to purchase e-Books in Africana Studies. If you have a title in mind that I should add to our library catalog please submit your request to my attention using the following form.

Our Teaching & Learning Services is a point of pride in my work in collaboration with you and your students. We have tremendous resources and accessibility to aide your research as well as opportunities for me to engage with your students in a one on one capacity. I encourage you and your students to access this link to schedule a Research Consultation with me.

Onward & Upward!


Exhibit: Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, at the New-York Historical Society – Post from Art Library Deco kYmberly Keeton

From The New-York Historical Society:

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Unidentified artist, Dred Scott, after 1857, Oil on canvas, New-York Historical Society

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. When slavery ended in 1865, a period of Reconstruction began, leading to such achievements as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. By 1868, all persons born in the United States were citizens and equal under the law. But efforts to create an interracial democracy were contested from the start. A harsh backlash ensued, ushering in a half century of the “separate but equal” age of Jim Crow.

Opening to mark the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the exhibition is organized chronologically from the end of the Civil War to the end of World War I and highlights the central role played by African Americans in advocating for their rights. It also examines the depth and breadth of opposition to black advancement. Art, artifacts, photographs, and media will help visitors explore these transformative decades in American history, and understand their continuing relevance today. Curated by Marci Reaven, vice president of history exhibitions, and Lily Wong, assistant curator.

Major funding for the new galleries was provided by the New York City Council, with support from City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Council Member Daniel Dromm, and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer.

Lead support for Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow provided by National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Major support provided by the Ford Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Crystal McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire, and Agnes Gund.

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

Exhibit On View: September 07, 2018 – March 03, 2019

Location: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York, NY 10024


Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday – 10am-6pm

Friday – 10am-8pm

Sunday – 11am-5pm

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Hesburgh Libraries: Article Quick Search Tool No Longer Available

Good Afternoon Africana Studies Faculty & Students:

As of the end of June-2018, the Hesburgh Libraries  subscription to Metalib, the Ex Libris software that powers the Article Quicksearch, will end. We will remove the remaining links to Quicksearch from the website, and we’ll be in touch with the owners of LibGuides who have links to Quicksearch on them.

Usage of Quicksearch, and vendor support for Metalib, has been declining steadily over the past five years, and we decided to move resources from Metalib to other priorities. All of the indexes and databases that could be searched from Quicksearch are still available, however, so we have not lost access to any content, and links to Quicksearch will redirect to a page with information about alternatives (, in case patrons have it bookmarked.

If you have any questions and or concerns, please feel to contact my Librarian Colleague, Lauren Ajamie, Electronic Resources Librarian,

Happy Summer! –Leslie L. Morgan, Africana Studies Librarian

Hesburgh Libraries Newest Resources (As of June 19, 2018)


Resource Name:   Race Relations in America

Permanent  URL

Description: “Record of speeches, reports, surveys, and analyses produced by Fisk University’s Race Relations Department from 1943-1970. Serves as a document of the civil rights fight during those crucial years, with concentrations on desegregation, migration of African Americans from the rural South to urban centers, the role of the Church in the Civil Rights Movement, race riots and tensions, and the activities of the Civil Rights movement. Includes photographs, posters, scrapbooks, audio recordings of speeches, biographies, an interactive map, teacher’s guide, etcetera.”

Resource Name:  Apartheid South Africa 1948-1980

Permanent URL

Description: “Makes available British government files from the Foreign, Colonial, Dominion and Foreign and Commonwealth Offices spanning the period 1948 to 1980.”












Call for Proposals: 2nd Pearl S. Buck Living Gateway Conference September 13-15, 2018 West Virginia Wesleyan College

The 2018 Pearl S. Buck Living Gateway Conference invites scholarly papers and
presentations on any aspect of Pearl S. Buck’s life, literature, career, and
legacy.  This includes Buck’s influence on literary, cultural, and political
affairs.  We are particularly interested in papers and presentations that
emphasize Buck’s work on women’s rights and social justice, both in the U.S.
and globally, as well as papers that reflect or address the global nature of
Buck’s impact and influence.

Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2018, with expedited review upon request
for international submissions.

Proposal Submission information and form:

Conference Homepage:

For questions or more information, please contact Brett Miller at

The Pearl S. Buck Living Gateway Conference is co-sponsored by West Virginia Wesleyan College, West Virginia University, the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, and Davis and Elkins College.

Call for Submissions: Howard University: Evoke: A Historical, Theoretical, and Cultural Analysis of Africana Dance and Theatre

Welcome to Evoke: A Historical, Theoretical, and Cultural Analysis of Africana Dance and Theatre.

Evoke is calling for submissions for its inaugural Volume in 2019, comprised of Issue 1 (January 2019), and Issue 2 (August 2019).

The deadline for all submissions is August 6, 2018. See the Call for Papers for details.

The Journal is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed digital journal that fosters research, critical analysis, and vigorous discourse, on Africana dance, acting, and filmmaking.

See the Aims and Scope for a complete coverage of the journal.

The Hesburgh Library: 2018 Hackathon: Registration is Now Open!

March 23 – March 25, Center for Digital Scholarship, Hesburgh Library
Are you a developer, UX enthusiast, big-ideas person, or effective team leader? Do you want to create innovative solutions that will have an impact on academics, campus life, or community engagement? Register now for the 2018 Hesburgh Libraries Hackathon – a timed, competitive event where teams with diverse skills and talents create innovative digital solutions.
This year’s theme:
Connections, Community, and the Common Good
Find solutions to connect the disconnects between different products and services, improve communications among diverse communities, and integrate aspects of the physical and digital world to improve daily life.
Seats are limited.