CANCELLED - Robert Ovetz - "When Workers Shot Back" - Kari Lydersen

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Robert Ovetz

**This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the coming months.**

Robert Ovetz discusses When Workers Shot Back: Class Conflict from 1877 to 1921. He will be joined in coversation by Kari Lydersen. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About the book: When Workers Shot Back: Class Conflict from 1877 to 1921 explores one of the most tumultuous times in United States history. Self-organized workers recomposed their power by devising new strategies and tactics to disrupt the capitalist economy and extract concessions. Mine, railroad, steel, and iron workers pursued a strategy of tension that sometimes erupted into militant class conflict and general strikes in which workers took over and ran a number of cities. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, When Workers Shot Back argues that the escalation of working-class conflict drives rather than reacts to the consolidation and reorganisation of capital and economic and political reform of the state. Studying the class composition of this period illustrates why workers escalated the intensity of their tactics, even using tactical violence, to extract concessions and reforms when all other efforts to do so were blocked, co-opted or repressed.

About the author: Robert Ovetz has a Ph.D. in political sociology from the University of Texas-Austin. He does research and writes about class conflict and public policy. He is a lecturer in political science and non-profit management at San JosĂ© State University. His writings have been published in the academic, mainstream and alternative media as well as by the United Nations. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Labor and Society. When Workers Shot Back: Class Conflict from 1877 to 1924 (Brill, The Netherlands, 2018 and Haymarket Press in 2019) is Robert's first book. His next book, Workers’ Inquiry and Class Struggle: Tactics, Strategies, Objectives will be published by Pluto Press in 2020. He is currently working on a third book, a class analysis of the US constitution. He lives in Marin County, California.

About the interlocutor: Kari Lydersen is a Chicago-based reporter, author and journalism instructor. She is a lecturer in the graduate program at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University, where she leads the Social Justice & Investigative Specialization and is co-director of the Social Justice News Nexus, a fellowship program that brings together graduate students and professional reporters. Kari is also a staff writer for Midwest Energy News and writes for publications including The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Chicago Reader and In These Times, with a focus on environment and energy; housing; the opioid crisis; and labor.

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