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Civic LaborsScholar Activism and Working-Class Studies$
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Dennis Deslippe, Eric Fure-Slocum, and John W. Mckerley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040498

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040498.001.0001

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Launching the Kalmanovitz Initiative

Launching the Kalmanovitz Initiative

A Labor Historian’s Labor History

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(p.197) Chapter 12 Launching the Kalmanovitz Initiative
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Civic Labors
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Joseph A. McCartin

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040498.003.0016

In this chapter, the author describes the ways in which he was able to combine activism with his position as a labor history teacher at Georgetown University. In particular, he explains his role in the creation of a labor initiative at Georgetown, the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, and the achievements of that initiative, which included facilitating both conversation and collaboration between various labor representatives and incubating new ideas, such as Georgetown's Just Employment Policy. The author points out that this level of engagement requires institutional and personal commitments of time and resources. Although he was not able to teach or research in the same ways he had previously while working on the initiative, he argues that the kinds of engaged teaching and scholarship he did undertake were more meaningful.

Keywords:   activism, labor history, Georgetown University, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, collaboration, Just Employment Policy, engaged teaching, engaged scholarship

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