Talk: “Learning and Labor: How Workers and their Unions Have Shaped the University of Illinois”
Featuring comments from longtime University of Illinois workers and labor activists, as well as labor historians, this discussion will examine the history of labor on the University campus. The panel is coordinated by Daniel Gilbert, Assistant Professor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations. This talk is part of the Third Thursday Series and is held in conjunction with the Spurlock Museum’s temporary exhibit Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150. This exhibit explores the history of campus as a community of educators, researchers, and students engaged in learning, research, and public service. Learn about the contributions of a wide variety of people and groups to campus history and ways the University has changed how it relates to the people it serves. The exhibit runs through December 21, 2018.
Please see below for Champaign County History Museum’s flyer on its Fall 2018 internships for interested students! And keep coming back for other news. We have been a little quiet while hatching new projects, including plans for a History Harvest course at UIUC connected to a History Without Walls grant joining scholars at UIUC, Michigan State, and University of Nebraska focussed on The Classroom and the Future of the Historical Record. Public History’s part will be looking at how our classrooms can facilitate local and regional community-generated archives. Stay tuned!
Join us for a
Public History Cluster Symposium
March 31/April 1 2017
We welcome participation and ideas from students, faculty, archivists, community groups!
Thank you all for attending our spring symposium, “Mapping Places | Telling Stories.” Our Friday evening keynote by Prof. Ted Gordon (UT-Austin) was engaging – reminding us all that debates over public history, public space, and social memory are vital to the future of every university. Saturday’s community and student panels revealed the forgotten and marginalized stories within the Champaign-Urbana community. We want to thank the 5th and Hill Association and Illinois Nurses Association members for their time, stories, and activism. Also, we are incredibly proud of our students for all their hard work this semester. Their presentations were both historically engaging and personally moving. Thank you all.
Stay tuned for more histories from UIUC and Champaign-Urbana. Our students our anxious to get back into the archive, record more oral histories, and bring hidden histories to light.
We would love to hear from you. Do you have a local story or historical documents you want to share? Reminisces from your time at the University of Illinois? Let us know! Email us at publichistoryUIUC@gmail.com or message us @PubHistoryUIUC
“A public history project at the University of Illinois is exploring the hidden and forgotten stories of social movements on campus and in the community. Students are creating a map highlighting buildings or areas that were the sites of protest movements, and they are writing narratives about the significance of those places.
“We’re thinking about how we can collectively understand and interpret our past beyond the traditional academic ways we do on campus,” said Daniel Gilbert, a professor of labor and employment relations and a co-director of the project.
The project is part of a research cluster – Public History and Student Research – supported by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. Gilbert and history professor Kathryn Oberdeck are co-directors of the research cluster, which includes a total of about a dozen people, including faculty, five undergraduate students enrolled in an independent study history course, and community members and organizations, including the Champaign County Historical Archives.
One goal of the project is to look at how the shared histories of campus and community are linked. So far, the research has focused largely on campus social movements, such as Project 500, an effort by the U. of I. in the late 1960s to enroll more African-American students; the establishment of cultural houses on campus; and the opposition to Chief Illiniwek. It will also include community events, including a labor strike by nurses at the old Burnham Hospital and the organizing of residents in the Fifth and Hill neighborhood around environmental issues and high-rise development in the area.”
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