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RESCHEDULED TO 3/30/17: The Summer for Respect: Adam Reich, Columbia University Department of Sociology

Join the Oral History MA program at Columbia University  on March 30th for a public talk and Q&A with sociologist Adam Reich on The Summer for Respect, a collaborative project with OUR Walmart that included students interviewing Walmart workers and supporting labor organizing efforts.

During the summer of 2014, Adam Reich directed a project in which 20 students, assigned to five different regions of the country, conducted oral histories with and organized alongside Walmart workers–part of a larger collaboration with the advocacy organization Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart).

He is now working on a book project that combines these oral histories with ethnographic observation, text analysis, survey and administrative data, to tell a story about the experience of low-wage work and the possibilities for worker organizing at places like Walmart.

Adam will discuss the limitations and strengths of oral history as a method and as a political practice, and will argue that it is at its most powerful–methodologically and politically–when in interaction with other methods and practices.

Adam Reich is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. He is the author of three books, the most recent of which is Selling Our Souls: Contradictions in the Commodification of Hospital Care(Princeton, 2014). He is also the author of several peer-reviewed articles, which have appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology and Social Science & Medicine.

All events are free and open to the public in Knox Hall 509, 606 W 122nd Street, New York, New York 10027. Tickets are not required, but RSVPs are appreciated on the Facebook event page to estimate attendance.

Refreshments will be served. The OHMA Workshop Series will be available after the events via our YouTube and iTunes channels.

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