Carnegie Mellon University
May 01, 2013

Living Labor: Towards a New Understanding of the Working Class

A Literary and Cultural Studies Event taking place on Wednesday May 8

The English Department and the Humanities Center at CMU sponsor Living Labor: Towards a New Understanding of the Working Class, a Literary and Cultural Studies event.  The event, which will take place throughout the day on Wednesday, May 8, will be held on Carnegie Mellon's campus in the Erwin Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall A51.  Featured in the event will be a keynote lecture from Joseph Entin of the Brooklyn College English Department, as well as a number of guests chairs from the University of Pittsburgh's Department of English.  A complete schedule of speakers and topics is listed below:


Wednesday, May 8th 
9:30-10:45 First Panel with Guest Chair, Bill Scott, University of Pittsburgh English

Christopher "Mav" Maverick

Changing Faces: The Evolution of a Working Class Champion 

Lindsey Yonk

‘Don't Smile Son, You're a Working Man': Masculine Identity and Labor in King of the Hill 

Peter Mack

 The Man from Space: Class and the Ontology of the Sitcom in The Honeymooners

Bret Vukoder

Class Dialectics in the Democratized Space of the Movie Palace

[10:45-11:00 Coffee break]

11:00-12:15 Second Panel with Guest Chair, Nick Coles, University of Pittsburgh, English

Lizz Callahan

A War of Frames: The Makers and Takers at Fox News Online

Amy Oakley

 "Going Home to Glory": The Intersection of Class and Tradition in Appalachian Funeral Customs

Heather Cazad

Appalachian Escapism: Running From Poverty

Jacob Goessling

From Maples to Machines: Agrarian Transformation in Wendell Berry's Fiction

1:00 - 2:15 Keynote talk by Joseph Entin, English, Brooklyn College

"Maps of Labor": Contemporary American Culture Imagines the Global Working Class

2:30-3:45  Third Panel with guest chair, Thora Brylowe, University of Pittsburgh, English

Natalie Suzelis

Class and Politics in Early Modern Maritime Culture

Jessica McDonald

Jane Austen and the Invisible Servant

Bridgette Powers

A "Crippled" Class: Labor and the Production of Disability

Katya Gorecki

Mad Uniforms: Mad Men and Uniformed Worker Identities