History@Work is an occasional lecture series through the Center for Social Concerns inviting scholars, writers, advocates, and activists to address compelling contemporary labor questions within historical context.
Peter Cole is a historian of the twentieth-century United States, South Africa and comparative history. He is a professor of history at Western Illinois University, and also holds an appointment as a research associate in the Society, Work, and Development Institute (SWOP) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. His latest book, Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area, discusses how workers in the world's ports can harness their role, at a strategic choke point, to promote their labor rights and social justice causes.
Cosponsored by the Departments of American Studies and History, with generous support from a Teaching Beyond the Classroom Grant from the College of Arts and Letters.