Annelise Orleck - "We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now" - Lynette Jackson and Sophia Zaman

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Annelise Orleck

“This is a well-documented introduction to unionization efforts by often marginalized, behind-the-scenes workers.”—Booklist

“Stunning in its breadth and impact, filled with vivid characters from many countries who speak in as many languages, the book is an epic achievement—it shows us globalization from the perspective of the people who do its work. It is proof that a superb historian can reveal the often hidden present as well as the past.”—Linda Gordon, author of The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition

Annelise Orleck discusses "We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now". She will be joined in conversation by Lynette Jackson and Sophia Zaman. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About the book: Tracing a new labor movement sparked and sustained by low-wage workers from across the globe, "We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now" is an urgent, illuminating look at globalization as seen through the eyes of workers-activists: small farmers, fast-food servers, retail workers, hotel housekeepers, home-healthcare aides, airport workers, and adjunct professors who are fighting for respect, safety, and a living wage. With original photographs by Liz Cooke and drawing on interviews with activists in many US cities and countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Mexico, South Africa, and the Philippines, it features stories of resistance and rebellion, as well as reflections on hope and change as it rises from the bottom up.

About the author: Annelise Orleck is professor of history at Dartmouth College and the author of five books on the history of US women, politics, immigration, and activism, including Storming Caesars Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty. She lives in Thetford Center, Vermont.

About the interlocutor: Lynette Jackson is an associate professor of Gender and Women's Studies and African American Studies at UIC. She received her PhD. in African History from Columbia University in 1997. Dr. Jackson is the author of Surfacing Up: Psychiatry and Social Order in Colonial Zimbabwe (Cornell 2005) and numerous other articles and book chapters on topics relating to women, the state and medical and public health discourses in colonial and postcolonial Africa, particularly having to do with the regulation of African women's sexuality.

About the interlocutor: Sophia Zaman is the Executive Director of Raise the Floor Alliance, a Chicago-based worker center coalition that builds power with & advances justice for low-wage workers. She brings nearly a decade of experience in labor & student organizing on campaigns related to racial, gender & sexuality, and economic justice. Most recently, she served as the elected President of the U.S. Student Association where she represented over one million college students at the White House, Department of Education, and Congress to win free and culturally competent higher education for all. She is the proud daughter of her Bangladeshi mama, who always taught her to seek justice and live purposefully.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637