2005 New Working-Class Studies: Past, Present, and Future

The emerging field of New Working-Class Studies is growing in both size and diversity.  Participants from 32 states and five countries came to Youngstown to acknowledge and share their knowledge in the field.  Along with keynote speakers Mike Rose (author of Lives on the Boundary: The Struggles and Achievements of America's Underprepared, Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America, and The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker) and Ruy Teixeira, two plenary sessions were held to explore the state of New Working-Class Studies as a field.  In addition, presentations, papers, roundtables, poetry readings, performance art, and three art exhibitions were held at the Youngstown Historical Center for Industry and Labor (Artisan by Corrine Bishara Bako, The Quiet Depression by Guy Saldanha, and Witness by Ed Hallahan and Redhand, an artist collective).  A business meeting of the newly formed Working-Class Studies Association was also held.