Dr. Yana van der Meulen Rodgers: “The Relationship between LGBT Inclusion and Economic Development:  Micro and Macro-Level Evidence” October 23, 12-1:15 in the Dogwood Room @ IU

Labor Studies is happy to announce an upcoming Labor Studies brown-bag lunch talk by Dr. Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University:

 “The Relationship between LGBT Inclusion and Economic Development:  Micro and Macro-Level Evidence”

If protecting human rights is not a compelling enough argument, this talk by Rutgers Professor Yana Rodgers gives another reason to promote inclusiveness of LGBT citizens: It is good for the economy.  The talk, based on a recent USAID report co-authored by several feminist economists, examines how the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people affects economic development. One can make a human rights case and a moral case for LGBT rights, but sometimes policymakers need quantitative evidence that more inclusion matters. This talk presents the numbers that can get LGBT rights to the policy table.

Oct 23. 2017, from 12:00-1:15

Dogwood Room, Indiana Memorial Union

Co-sponsors for this event include the IU: Center for the Study of Global Change, SE Asian and ASEAN Studies Dept., Dept. of Economics, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Gender Studies Dept., GLBTQ+ Center, and International Studies Dept.




“A Hundred Years of Migration (1917-2017): Stories of Caribbean Exile and Diaspora”, to be held at Indiana University School of Global and International Studies on September 29-30, 2017

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies invites you and those affiliated with the Department of Labor Studies to “A Hundred Years of Migration (1917-2017): Stories of Caribbean Exile and Diaspora”, to be held at Indiana University School of Global and International Studies on September 29-30, 2017.

This international conference will bring together scholars in the social sciences and humanities to study the long-term effects of migration, exile, and diaspora cultures on the Caribbean as well as the United States and Canada. The Jones-Shafroth Act of 1917, granting Puerto Ricans citizen rights, will serve as a benchmark to discuss issues of national space, sovereignty, language rights, gender, and race as they appear in policy, media, and arts. Panels will touch on topics such as the construction of racial difference; past and future waves of Cuban migration; the long century of Puerto Rican migration; visual iconography and media representation of migration; language and post-colonialism in Haiti and its diaspora communities.

This conference is free of charge and open to the public. If you plan to attend any or all of the events, we do ask that you please register before attending. Register Now!​

This event is coordinated by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies with the generous sponsorship of Office of the Vice Provost for Research, College of Humanities Institute, Institute for Advanced Study, Department of American Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Department of French & Italian, Department of History, and the Black Film Center/Archive. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the conference.


Charlottesville Protest/Vigil TODAY (8/13/17) 7PM-9PM Monroe County Courthouse

In response to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, as a gathering of white supremacists, KKK, and neo-Nazis, and the violent car attack against counter-protesters, Bloomington residents will be hosting a solidarity event. Please bring signs of love and solidarity.  
**Please bring a flashlight (or just your phone) for a Flashlight Vigil at then end of the event.**

Confirmed Speakers:
Jim Simms, President of the NAACP Monroe County
Rabbi Brian Besser, Beth Shalom
Susan Sandberg, Bloomington City Council President
Beth Applegate, Showing Up for Racial Justice
Denise Valkyrie, Women’s March Indiana
Liz Watson, Candidate for District 9

We will have speakers (posted here as they confirm), and then we will open up to members of the community to share their thoughts.

June 8: South Central Indiana Jobs with Justice Special Event Labor in Politics, Past and Future

Labor in Politics, Past and Future
Featuring Chuck Jones and Chuck Deppert

WHEN: June 8th, 6pm-8pm
WHERE: The Running Crab  (2038 N Walnut St Bloomington, IN)
At our June Link-Up, sponsored by the local Jobs with Justice chapter and DFMC, join us to meet Hoosier hero Chuck Jones and Chuck Deppert. Many will remember that last year, United Technologies made $5 billion in profits, while also announcing hundreds of layoffs at its Carrier plants in Indiana. As president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, Chuck Jones fought for the jobs of his fellow union members. When Trump and Pence gave millions of dollars in subsidies to Carrier, Chuck Jones pointed out that Trump’s promises to save workers’ jobs did not add up. Trumps promise to save 1100 or more of those jobs turned out to be only 800, of the 1400 jobs slated to be moved. Jones told the Washington Post days later that Trump had “lied his ass off.” He suspected the then-president-elect was including in his count design and engineering jobs that were never going to leave. Trump responded on Twitter by saying Jones had done a “terrible job” as union president. Sadly, Chuck Jones is being proven right, with over 600 layoffs at Carrier in Indiana coming this year, including many right before Christmas. His local 1999 United Steelworkers Local also made waves by endorsing the presidential candidacy of Senator Bernie Sanders, breaking with much of the labor movement.

Chuck Jones will be joined by Chuck Deppert, former president of the Indiana AFL-CIO, who led the state’s fight against NAFTA in the early 1990s, securing the votes of 8 out of 10 Indiana members of Congress against the disastrous, job-killing agreement.

The two Chucks will provide us with some important insights on taking the Democratic party back to its roots in labor, important given how poorly Democrats fared among the working class both in Indiana and nationwide in last year’s election. Please join us and enjoy a night with Bloomington’s most exciting progressives and lets learn something together! Get there at six to grab a seat and get some some food. Discussion starts at 6:30. Feel free to invite friends and share event at:  Labor in Politics, Past and Future

Indiana University, Working Class Studies Conference: May 31-June 3, 2017

Working Class Studies Association Conference 2017

Class Struggle: Race, Gender, and Revolution

Indiana University, May 31-June 3, 2017 

Join us for four days of exciting presentations and discussions, featuring:

 Debs House Tour: Meet at the Wright Education Building for the bus to Terre Haute for a tour of the Eugene Debs House. 1:00 PM, Wednesday, May 31. $15.00 donation suggested.

 IU Cinema Presents: Join us at IU Cinema for a screening of the 1984 classic The Killing Floor, the tale of work, labor, and organizing in Chicago’s meatpacking industry during World War I. A “Can’t Miss” film.Wednesday, May 31, 7:30 PM.

 Opening Keynote: Dr. Josh Pacewicz, Brown University, Trumpism before Trump: Rust Belt

Populism during the 2008 and 2012 Elections. Wright Education Building Auditorium, Thursday, June 1, 10:30 AM.

Film Screening: Join us for a screening of Christine Walley’s moving documentary, Exit Zero, about the closing of the Chicago area steel mills, and the end of an American Dream. Thursday, June 1, 7:00 PM,Wright Education Building Auditorium

Plenary Address: Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Temple University, Working-Class U: Possibilities for the Future of Public Higher Education. Friday, June 2, 10:30 AM, Wright Education Building Auditorium.


Closing Keynote: Kim Moody, Founding Editor of Labor Notes, The Present and Future of the U.S. Labor Movement. Saturday, June 3, 10:30 AM. Wright Education Building Auditorium.

For information or to register for the conference, see our website: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/conferences/index.php/wcsa/WCSA17/index


For more information or questions, please write to: wcsa2017@gmail.com



Sponsored by the Working Class Studies Association, and the Indiana University department of Labor Studies, IU School of Social Work.