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"At the River I Stand" Documentary Screening

At the River I Stand, which chronicles the labor struggle Dr. King participated in in Memphis immediately prior to his assassination. The film showing will be part of a special topics class for Spring 2018 that will cover a wide range of topics squarely dealing with the issues at the heart of the 1968 theme.
When Apr 04, 2018
from 05:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where 112 Kern Building
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“At the River I Stand”: Documentary Screening and Discussion

This documentary chronicles the campaign for black sanitation workers' rights in Memphis that King participated in immediately prior to his assassination. Professor Niki vonLockette, who is teaching the class, Class Wars, Racial Conflict and the Battle for Economic Opportunity, will facilitate an open dialogue on the lessons from this historic conflict that are relevant and instructive for today's struggles for justice. 

LER 497 Special Topics (Sp 2018): Class Wars, Racial Conflict and the Battle for Economic Opportunity

About the course: Fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, a nagging public angst about race, class, and inequality in America continues to unsettle our national conscience. Why do we still have racial tensions and claims of unfairness? Does class or race determine one’s economic standing? We will draw on evidence and theories from the disciplines of sociology, employment relations, and economics to interrogate sources of increasing economic insecurity and group conflict. We will examine the dynamics of demographic change, weakening employment relations, globalization, deregulation, and post-industrial restructuring to better understand increasing inequality and explore potential policy solutions.