Join us on Thursday, March 20, 2014, as we present a FREE event, titled Labor: the History of Work and Workers in the Pacific NW. This event will run from 7:00 – 9:00PM and will be held offsite 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), will engage in a discussion followed by an open dialogue with the audience. This program will be taped and aired later on CVTV.
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 this spring. Those who want to dig deeper into labor history can sign up now or at the March 20th event 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.
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 discussions are completed, the three Humanities Scholars will all return to the Museum for a panel discussion of the groups’ findings on a date yet to be confirmed. That event will be open to the public. Stay tuned for more details on that presentation.
Get your books today to start reading! To participate in the book discussion(s), stop by or email us at email@example.com 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. There is no provision for purchasing the books without participating in the discussion groups at this time.
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.
Please see the First Thursday Lecture Series schedule to view additional 2014 First Thursday events.