Jefferson Cowie, History, Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University


“‘No Time for Dreams’: The Unmaking of the American Working Class in the 1970s”

Tuesday, March 31, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall

Open Seminar: “From the Sit-Downs to Seattle and Beyond: RCA Workers and the Future of Global Labor”

Wednesday, April 1, 11am, 5243 Humanities

“In Search of the Postmodern Working Class”

Wednesday, April 1, 4pm, 8417 Social Science

Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program and the Comparative US Studies Collective.

JEFFERSON COWIE (PhD History, UNC Chapel Hill 1997) is Associate Professor of History at Cornell University. His work focuses on workers and the problem of class in the postwar United States, as well as issues in international and comparative history. He is the author of Capital Moves: RCA’s Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor, which received the Philip Taft Prize for the Best Book in Labor History for 2000, and co-editor of Beyond the Ruins: The Meanings of Deindustrialization. His newest book, Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class will be published in the fall of 2009. He is currently working with Nick Salvatore on The Long Exception: Rethinking the New Deal in American History. Cowie’s commitment to undergraduate education is evident in his numerous teaching awards and his appointment as House Professor and Dean of Keeton House at Cornell University. He has been named a fellow by the American Council of Learned Societies; the Society for the Humanities at Cornell; and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

Epilogue. In Cowie, Jefferson “Capital Moves: RCA’s Seventy Year Quest for Cheap Labor” New York: New Press, 2001.(pdf)