BOWLING GREEN, KY (3/16/12) – Dr. Jefferson Cowie, associate professor of History and Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, will present Western Kentucky University’s annual Lowell and Penny Harrison Distinguished Lecture.
Dr. Cowie will present “A Nation Without Class: The 1970s and the Origins of Our Own Time” at 7 p.m. April 5 at Van Meter Hall. The lecture, sponsored by WKU’s Department of History, is free and open to the public.
Dr. Cowie teaches labor and working-class history and his interests focus on workers and the problem of social class in the postwar United States as well as issues in international and comparative history, especially with regard to Latin America.
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 Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class, which won the Francis Parkman Prize by the Society of American Historians for the best book in American history, the Merle Curti Award by the Organization of American Historians for best book in social and intellectual history, and the United Association for Labor Education’s 2011 Best Book Award.
Dr. Cowie, who is co-editor of Beyond the Ruins: The Meanings of Deindustrialization, received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997.
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