New collection of essays and photography by American union workers

Hard Ball Press, whose editor is WCSA stalwart Tim Sheard, has published an unusual collection of essays and photography by American union workers of all varieties – musicians, laborers, teachers, journalists, auto workers, nurses, a ballet dancer, a West Virginia coal miner, and filmmaker John Sayles, among many others.  Titled We Are One: Stories of work, life, and love, each photo essay examines the author’s workplace, life events and ideas about success.   See this and other Hard Ball books here.

New Minor on Labor and Working-Class Studies

A group of faculty at Georgetown University is developing a “Labor and Working-Class Studies” minor in collaboration with Georgetown’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.  The group is led by sociologist Brian McCabe and by WCSA founders Sherry Linkon, now an English professor at Georgetown, and John Russo, now a visiting researcher at Kalmanovitz.   The minor will be an interdisciplinary course of study drawing on existing Georgetown curricula in the social sciences, English, history, justice and peace studies, international health, and the culture and politics program in the School of Foreign Service.  For more see Georgetown’s student newspaper The Hoya.

Calls for 2015 Award Submission

Deadline for Nominations: Friday, January 15, 2016

The Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA) invites nominations (including self-nominations) for awards covering the year of 2015. Award categories are:

  • Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing: Published books of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and other genres.
  • C.L.R. James Award for Published Books for Academic or General Audiences
  • Russo & Linkon Award for Published Article or Essay for Academic or General Audiences
  • Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism: Single published articles or series, broadcast media, multimedia, and film.
  • Constance Coiner Award for Best Dissertation: Completed dissertations.

In all categories, we invite nominations of excellent work that provides insightful and engaging depictions of working-class life, culture, and movements; addresses issues related to the working class; and highlights the voices, experiences, and perspectives of working-class people.

To be eligible, works must have been published (in the case of books or articles) or completed (in the case of films and dissertations) between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

To nominate a work for consideration, please send three hard copies (submit books and dissertations on paper, other materials may be submitted on paper or in electronic form) with a cover letter, identifying the category in which you are nominating the work and a brief explanation of why you think the work deserves recognition. Nominations are due by January 15, 2016. Submit nominations to:

Dr. Christie Launius

Director, Women’s and Gender Studies

Sage Hall 3457

UW Oshkosh

Oshkosh, WI  54901

For more information and electronic submissions, contact Christie Launius, WCSA Past-President, at

Winners will be announced at the 2016 How Class Works conference at SUNY Stony Brook, June 9-11, 2016. Winners will receive free conference registration and a plaque.

The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Second Annual Conference

The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies, housed at Collin College, will be hosting its second annual Working-Class Studies conference for interested scholars and students. The conference will consist of panels in a range of disciplines and on a variety of issues related to social class and labor issues, both historical and contemporary. The keynote speaker will be noted Working-Class Studies scholar Dr. Sherry Linkon, Professor of English at Georgetown University. Those interested should submit an abstract of no more than 150 words to Dr. Lisa A. Kirby, Director of the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies and Professor of English, at, by January 29, 2016.

Please click on the following link Collin College CFP for more information.