Just Wages: The World History of an Idea
Thursday, November 19; 5 p.m.

Once an obscure form of compensation, the buying and selling of a person's labor power with pay grew to defeat slavery and other forms of servitude to become one of the defining elements of the modern age. Balancing the social history of working people with the history of ideas, Jefferson Cowie will discuss the complex mix of freedom and coercion in the wage relationship, while exploring its instability and changing nature over time. Cowie teaches labor and working-class history, with research spanning a number of areas including politics, social history, and popular culture. His books focus on workers and the problem of social class in the postwar United States with an eye toward 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 (2003), and, most recently, of Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class (2010), which received a number of awards, including the Francis Parkman Prize for the Best Book in American History from the Society of American Historians, the Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians, and the best book award from Labor History. This free event is sponsored in part by Themester 2015: "@Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet," an initiative of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Mathers After Hours
Thursday, December 3; 6 to 10 p.m.

Craft the night away--it's a good way to de-stress and enjoy a study break. Make pop-up holiday cards, ornaments, and other hands-on items during this free event with snacks, music, and your friends!

Latino Family Parranda and Community Celebration
Saturday, December 5; 2 to 4 p.m.

Join us with friends and family during this holiday season to celebrate the annual Latino Family Parranda and Community Celebration. The free event will feature singing, dancing, food, arts and crafts, and will be sponsored and hosted by the Latino Faculty and Staff Council, the Latino Graduate Student Association, and La Casa/The Latino Cultural Center.

Family Craft Day
Sunday, December 6; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Make it a "handmade holiday" during this free, family-friendly afternoon of DIY snowflake mobiles, holiday ornaments, upcycled journals, and other items to give or keep in celebration of the season.