On Thursday, March 20, 2014, we presented a panel discussion titled “Labor: the History of Work and Workers in the Pacific NW” at the Vancouver Community Library’s Columbia Room. Three participating Humanities Scholars and authors, Dr Laurie Mercier (WSUV), Dr. Erasmo Gamboa (UW), and Sandy Polishuk, (Portland, OR), engaged in a discussion followed by an open dialogue with the audience. This program was taped and will be aired until March 29th on CVTV. Click here to view the air dates or to stream the 2-hour segment online.
In addition to this event, and in conjunction with our Labor: A Working History exhibit, we will be hosting a 3-part book discussion series at the museum. Those who want to dig deeper into labor history can sign up now to read one or more of three books and then participate in book discussions hosted by our Humanities Scholar authors, who will provide additional insights and expertise. Books, which are available now at the Museum, have been provided by the Friends of the Vancouver Community Library and will be distributed free of charge to discussion group participants. If you don’t want to be a reader for the book discussion series you can find each book online for purchase. Also, our museum store has a few copies of Dr. Gamboa’s book for sale.
Ø April 12 (Saturday 10:00AM-12:00PM) – Sandy Polishuk will join us to discuss Sticking to the Union: An Oral History of the Life and Times of Julia Ruuttila. By Sandy Polishuk. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.xxvi, 273pp. ISBN 1-4039-6239-1, ISBN 1-4039-6240-5.
Ø April 26 (Saturday 10:00AM-12:00PM) – Dr. Laurie Mercier will join us to discuss Anaconda: Labor, Community and Culture in Montana’s Smelter City. By Laurie Mercier. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2001. xi + 300 pp. ISBN-10: 0252069889, ISBN-13: 978-0252069888.
Ø May 3 (Saturday 10:00AM-12:00PM) – Dr. Erasmo Gamboa will join us to discuss Mexican Labor and World War II: Braceros in the Pacific Northwest. By Erasmo Gamboa. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1990. xx, 300 pp. ISBN-10: 029597849X, ISBN-13: 978-0295978499.
After the discussion on May 3rd, the three Humanities Scholars will convene on the Museum at 1 pm for a panel discussion of the groups’ findings. This panel event will be open to the public.
Get your books today to start reading!
To participate in the book discussion(s), stop by or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Museum today at (360) 993-5679 to sign up. Get a head start on your reading by picking up your book(s), which are being distributed free of charge compliments of the Friends of the Vancouver Community Library.
This series of events is sponsored in part by Southwest Washington Central Labor Council, Humanities Washington, and CVTV, in addition to the Friends of the Vancouver Community Library.