William Paterson University of New Jersey will be hosting a two-day program to commemorate the centennial of the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913

May 20 and 21, 2013
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Conference Day (May 20): Science Hall East, and Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts
Tours Day (May 21): Departing from Campus, with stops in and around Paterson

On Monday, May 20, the campus will host an academic conference featuring a morning and afternoon plenary session, individual and panel sessions on themes pertaining to the silk strike, and a closing reception and exhibit of social protest prints from the eighteenth century to the present-day. The conference aims to address such themes as economic and industrial change, the silk industry in New Jersey, labor activism, immigrant experiences and cultures, women and the strike, socialism and political radicalism, the Industrial Workers of the World and other union organizations, strategies and tactics in the strike, urban politics in early twentieth century New Jersey, the mill owners and their policies, the role of the police, media and cultural representations of the strike, the Paterson Strike Pageant, varieties of solidarity, and the aftermath of the strike. View conference day program at-a-glance.

Tuesday, May 21, will consist of a daylong guided bus tour of locations significant to the history of the strike in and around Paterson. View tours day program at-a-glance.

Registration for the conference is now open and available to the public through May 15, 2013. The registration fee of $30.00 (payable by check) includes the May 20 conference day (including breakfast and lunch) and the May 21 bus tours. Please note that the registration fee does not include meals on May 21. To register, please use our now online registration form. For more information about the conference contact Richard Kearney (973-720-2165 or kearneyr@wpunj.edu).

Paterson Silk Strike Centennial 1913-2013

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 For more information about the conference contact Richard Kearney (973-720-2165 or kearneyr@wpunj.edu).

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