Leon Fink, Department of History, University of Illinois at Chicago

Cooperation and Cash: How a Global Transport Union learned to Love Globalization

Thursday, November 4, 4pm, 1101 Humanities Building


Co-sponsored by the A. E. Havens Center, the Harvey Goldberg Center, and Comparative U.S. Studies.


LEON FINK is distinguished Professor of History at the University of illinois at Chicago, where he directs the PhD concentration in the History of Work, Race, and Gender in the Urban World (WRGUW), and editor of the journal, Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas. Seeking the roots of today’s “globalized” economic order, he is currently working on a study of maritime labor regulation, 1800-2000.  The author or editor of seven books, he has most recently traced the trans-national experience of recent Latino immigrants in The Maya of Morganton: Work and Community in the Nuevo New South (U. of North Carolina Press, 2003). Other works include Progressive Intellectuals and the Dilemmas of Democratic Commitment (Harvard U. Press, 1998), In Search of the Working Class: Essays in American Labor History and Political Culture (U. of Illinois Press, 1994), Upheaval in the Quiet Zone:1199SEIU and the Politics of Health Care Unionism (second edition, 2009) [co-authored with Brian Greenberg] and Workingmen’s Democracy: The Knights of Labor and American Politics (U. of Illinois Press, 1983). A Fulbright Senior Scholar and past NEH Fellow, Professor Fink has also taken a leading role in national history education circles, where he has stressed the necessary collaboration between the university and the public schools.