2003 Working-Class Studies: Intersections with Race, Gender, and Sexuality
The sixth biennial conference's 200 participants included scholars, workers, students, and activists from 25 states and five countries.  A rich diversity of individuals, academic disciplines, and theoretical and practical approaches to the development of what is being called New Working-Class Studies came together for presentations, papers, roundtables, poetry reading, performance art, and a poster exhibition from the Center for Political Graphics.  Our keynote speakers represented different approaches to studying working-class life and culture and its intersections with other identities.  The speakers were Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Director, Center for the Study of Ethnicity in America, Brown University on "Exposing the Underside: Understanding Globalization from Race, Gender and Class Perspectives"; Bonnie Thornton Dill, Director, Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, University of Maryland on an "Intersectional Analysis: Toward Rethinking the Working Class"; Michael Honey, Harry Bridges Chair in Labor Studies, University of Washington, Tacoma on "Black Workers Remember: Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender in Personal Narratives of Black Workers"; and Agymah Kamau, immigrant novelist, University of Oklahoma, "The Writer in His Society."