Presentation: “How Can History Help the Labor Movement?: Three episodes from the working-class African American freedom struggle in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.”
Dr. Lisa Gayle Hazirjian will present on “How Can History Help the Labor Movement?: Three episodes from the working-class African American freedom struggle in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.” She is the recipient of the 2008 Merl E. Reed Fellowship in Southern Labor History, which is administered by the Southern Labor Archives at Georgia State University Library. Dr. Hazirjian is a SAGES Postdoctoral Fellow & Lecturer in History at Case Western Reserve University and has presented her research on poverty and working-class African American politics in numerous venues including the Southern Labor Studies/Labor and Working Class History Association Conference, the Southern Historical Association, and the Phoenix Historical Society’s 60th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1946 Tobacco Organizing Campaign in Rocky Mount, NC.
Dr. Hazirjian received her Ph.D. in History from Duke University (2003); her dissertation is titled “Negotiating Poverty: Economic Insecurity and the Politics of Working-Class Life in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 1929-1969”. She has published and presented extensively on race, gender, class, and labor.
The Merl E. Reed Fellowship in Southern Labor History was created to honor Dr. Merl Reed, professor, scholar and founder of the Southern Labor Archives, for his many contributions to education and labor history.
One or more fellowships of $250-$500 are awarded annually to individuals whose research in the Southern Labor Archives will lead to a book, article, dissertation, or other substantive product. In return, recipients will make a presentation about their research to the Georgia State University community within one academic year after receiving the award. Faculty members, graduate students, upper-level undergraduates, and recognized independent scholars and artists are encouraged to apply.
The Southern Labor Archives, established in 1971, is dedicated to collecting, preserving and making available the documentary heritage of Southern workers and their unions, as well as that of workers and unions having an historic relationship to the region.
The presentation will take place on Monday, April 6, from 12:00-1:00 PM in the Colloquium Room of Georgia State University Library (Library South 8). For more information, please contact Traci Drummond, Archivist, Southern Labor Archives (404.413.2880 or firstname.lastname@example.org).