As part of its annual Lyceum series, The Department of Philosophy is pleased to host Professor Richard Lee (DePaul University) for a Fall Lyceum entitled, "Assembling Labor, Assembling Immigrants."
May 1 is celebrated around the world as International Workers Day. But Mayday was first celebrated in the U.S., in Chicago as part of the struggle for an eight-hour working day. Three days after the Mayday actions in 1886, a bomb exploded at a peaceful labor rally in the Haymarket in Chicago. Professor Lee will argue that by the next morning, the labor movement in Chicago and, perhaps, the U.S. was fundamentally changed. He will consider the ways in which the labor movement brought together people of different races, ethnicities, and religions and how the weakening of the labor movement meant the end of the assemblage of these different peoples.
Professor Lee was educated at The New School for Social Research and Jagiellonian University (Cracow, Poland). He works in the areas of Medieval and early modern philosophy, the Frankfurt School, and social and political philosophy. He is the author of The Force of Reason and The Logic of Force as well as Science, the Singular and The Question of Theology.
The lecture and discussion will take place Friday, November 18 in College of Education, Room 164, 5:00 pm.
An informal reception will follow the presentation.