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Occupiers and Dreamers: Insiders and Outsiders in a New Political Generation
Start Date: 10/8/2015Start Time: 1:40 PM
End Date: 10/8/2015End Time: 2:00 PM
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Occupiers and Dreamers: Insiders and Outsiders in a New Political Generation
with The President of the American Sociological Association, Ruth Milkman 

Thursday, October 8, 2015 
1:40p - 4:00p 
New Building, L61


This presentation analyzes how young people have contributed to two key political movements of our age: Occupy Wall Street and the demands of undocumented immigrant “Dreamers.” Both were led by “Millennials” (born between 1980 and 2000). I argue that Millennials comprise a new political generation, with a worldview that sets it apart from previous generations of U.S. activists. Their different social locations, in turn, led Occupiers and Dreamers to adopt different political strategies and organizational forms.

Ruth Milkman is a sociologist of labor and labor movements who has written on a variety of topics involving work and organized labor in the United States, past and present. Her most recent book is Unfinished Business: Paid Family Leave in California and the Future of U.S. Work-Family Policy (Cornell University Press, 2013), coauthored with Eileen Appelbaum. She has also written extensively about low-wage immigrant workers in the United States, analyzing their employment conditions as well as the dynamics of immigrant labor organizing. She helped lead a multicity team that produced a widely publicized study documenting the prevalence of wage theft and violations of other workplace laws in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, and recently coauthored a study of the Occupy Wall Street movement. In 2012–13 she was the Matina S. Horner Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute. 




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