The Murphy Institute and CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies have provided a unique venue for labor and community-based leaders and activists to engage in intellectually rigorous debate and discussion on the most pressing issues of our time.

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Our commitment to support the examination and resolution of the myriad struggles confronting poor and working-class communities lays the foundation for the Institute’s ambitious public programming, which attracts over 1,500 people annually and has featured:

  • Prominent SLU faculty, including Francis Fox Piven, Ruth Milkman, Deepak Bhargava, and John Mollenkopf.
  • Nationally renowned scholars, including Manning Marable, Lani Guinier, Rodolfo de la Garza, Adolf Reed, Patricia Williams, and Marie Gottschalk;
  • National and International Elected Officials, including Nydia Velazquez, Ruth Messenger, Fernando Ferrer, Melissa Mark-Viverito, British Member of Parliament John Eatwell, and former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff;
  • Civil and human rights leaders, including Reverend Al Sharpton, Benjamin Jealous, and Rigoberta Menchu;
  • Leaders of labor unions and federations from the U.S., Canada, France, Guatemala, India, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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THE NEXT SHIFT: The Fall of Industry & the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America” April 14, 2021

GUEST SPEAKER:

Gabriel Winant – Professor of History, University of Chicago

MODERATED BY:

Samir Sonti – Professor of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies

“IMMIGRANT LABOR & THE NEW PRECARIAT” March 23, 2021

GUEST SPEAKER:

Ruth Milkman – Chair of Labor Studies, CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies

MODERATED BY:

Samir Sonti – Associate Professor of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies

“THE RISE OF RACIST NATIONALISM IN NORTH AMERICA” March 25, 2021

GUEST SPEAKER:

Harsha Walia – Chair of Labor Studies, CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies

MODERATED BY:

Sofya Aptekar – Associate Professor of Urban Studies, CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies

UPCOMING PROGRAMS :

Advancing Black Leadership: Building Worker Power in the Southern States

Locked up & Locked Down: COVID 19, Decarceration, & Defunding the Police

Black Led Antiracist Unionism: The Legacy of Ben Fletcher & I.W.W.

“Work Won’t Love You Back”