Events Calendar

Thu, Jun 17 7:00 PM 2021
The Labor Board Crew Book Talk at LAWCHA
Event type: Lecture
Join Ronald Schatz, author of The Labor Board Crew: Remaking Worker-Employer Relations from Pearl Harbor to the Reagan Era for a book talk. 

Tue, Jun 22 6:00 PM 2021
Industrial Strength Bluegrass Event at Kenton County Public Library
Event type: Ceremony/Service

Beginning in the 1940s, Appalachians who migrated to the industrial towns of Southwest Ohio played a pivotal role in advancing bluegrass music.  Learn more about the new book, Industrial Strength Bluegrass, which explores the region's enormous impact on the genre.  Meet the editors, Fred Bartenstein and Curt Ellison, as well as contributor Joe Mullins.  Join us for a presentation, panel discussion, as well as a Q&A session.  Registration required.  Zoom link will be emailed prior to event.

Thu, Jun 24 5:00 PM 2021
Courtney Baker at the Greenwood Historic Fund
Event type: Lecture
Throughout American history, images of wounded and dead Black bodies have pervaded the cultural sphere, including the graphic brutality of the 1834 Lalaurie affair; Emmett Till's murder and funeral; and the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Questioning the role of the role of the spectator and the victim, Dr. Courtney R. Baker’s book Humane Insight (2015) explores the uses of Black suffering and death in African American liberation movements. In this presentation, Dr. Baker will share her discoveries from this research, highlighting the evolution of African Americans’ relationship to civic policies and the concept of humanity as well as the central role that African American women have played in rendering mourning as a form of activism.

Dr. Baker is a scholar of African American visual culture and liberation, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at University of California Riverside. You can learn more about her work and current research on her website:

This program is presented as part of a new Death Education series at Green-Wood, Death & Us. Death is the great universal, but the ways in which the dead are grieved and memorialized vary across racial, cultural, and economic divides in the United States. This series brings together a myriad of voices—from historians and preservationists to activists and funeral practitioners—to explore how diverse communities mourn and commemorate the departed from our nation’s founding to today.

Fri, Jul 2 12:00 AM 2021
Movie Workers by Melanie Bell Book Launch
Event type: Ceremony/Service

The University of Leeds, School of Media and Communication are delighted to bring you the online book launch of Dr Melanie Bell's new book, Movie Workers: The Women Who Made British Cinema.

The format of the book launch will be a roundtable discussion where Melanie Bell, Shelley Stamp and Yvonne Tasker explore the multi-faceted aspects of women’s labour in film production and their place in film histories. Opening up questions of creativity, visibility and value, the speakers will reflect on the challenges and opportunities of rewriting production history through a gendered lens, and why feminist media historiography continues to offer some of the most exciting developments in the field.  

Dr Melanie Bell’s new book, Movie Workers: The Women Who Made British Cinema, will be published in June 2021 by the University of Illinois Press. 

About the speakers 

Melanie Bell is an Associate Professor of Film at the University of Leeds and led the ‘Histories of Women in Film/TV’ project which used trade union records and oral histories to recover women’s below-the-line labour in the British film industry.  

Shelley Stamp is Professor of Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. An expert on women and early film culture, she is founding editor of the Journal of Feminist Media Histories, author of Lois Weber in Early Cinema (2015) and curator of the Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers box-set which won the New York Film Critics Circle Award in 2018.  

Yvonne Tasker is Professor in Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. An expert on feminism and gender cultures through popular media, she is currently Co-Investigator of the ‘Jill Craigie’ project which explores the political and filmmaking life of this pioneering woman director in Britain.  

Please note this event will be held online via Microsoft Teams. To request an invitation to this event, please email by 12pm on Friday 2 July.

Sat, Apr 23 8:00 PM 2022
Stephen Wade at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Event type: Performance
Stephen Wade, author of The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, will perform at the Old Town School of Folk Music for A Storyteller's Story. 


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