EVENT | Feb. 21 — unCOMMON Salon: Unionizing the Impossible

Uncommon Salon Series text over black and white image of a crowd of men wearing hat.UNIONIZING THE IMPOSSIBLE:
Ernesto Galarza and La Alianza de Braceros de México en los Estados Unidos, 1942-1964

Presented by Mireya Loza
Assistant Professor of Food Studies in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at NYU

Thursday, February 21, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Room 745

Open to the Public | Light refreshments will be served

Soon after the first Mexican guest workers started arriving to the US through the Bracero Program, they challenged policy restrictions that prohibited them from organizing unions. As one of the first organizations created to represent these men, “La Alianza de Braceros,” sought to improve the conditions of braceros in both the US and Mexico.

This talk explores Alianza’s transnational strategies and the organization’s relationship with the prominent labor activist, Ernesto Galarza. Galarza worked with Alianza to incorporate guest workers into his American unionizing efforts. However, after he grew frustrated with the Mexican government’s repressive treatment of Alianza, he changed his tactics from unionizing braceros to working to end the Bracero Program itself. The subsequent demise of Alianza solidified the growing divide between Mexican and American labor in US agricultural fields.

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Mireya Loza is an Assistant Professor of Food Studies in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. Her areas of research include Latinx History, Social Movements, Labor History and Food Studies. Her book, Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual and Political Freedom (UNC Press), examines the Bracero Program and how guest workers negotiated the intricacies of indigeneity, intimacy, and transnational organizing. 

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March 20th unCOMMON Salon — Poisonous Skies: Acid Rain and the Globalization of Pollution

NYU’s Rachel Rothschild presents the March edition of our unCOMMON Salon series.

Poisonous Skies: Acid Rain and the Globalization of Pollution

Hear the untold story of how acid rain changed ideas about the threat fossil fuels posed to the global environment, the attempts of the coal industry to discredit scientific research on the problem, and how we might learn from acid rain’s history to better approach environmental threats like climate change.  

Tuesday, March 20th | 6:00 pm
Bobst Library, Room 745 (Floor 7, Avery Fisher Center)
Open to the Public | Light refreshments will be served

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Rachel Rothschild is a current Furman Academic Scholar at New York University’s School of Law. She previously served on the faculty of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized study after receiving her Ph.D. in History from Yale University with distinction.  

Her current book project, Poisonous Skies: Acid Rain and the Globalization of Pollution, will be –published next year by the University of Chicago Press.

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This Salon is sponsored by the Bobst Library Reference Departments (Business & Government Documents, Coles Science Center, and Social Sciences & Humanities Reference Center)