Hard Crackers Event: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Hard Crackers is honored to be hosting David Ranney for a reading from his book-length memoir, still in manuscript form, titled Outside In and Inside Out: Living and Working at the Point of Production, and discussion on Sunday, September 17th at 2 PM.
In introducing the memoir, Dave writes:
Between 1977 and 1982 I worked in seven factories located in Chicago’s Southeast side. The work included participation in some labor struggles. But the day-to-day work itself illuminated for me the potential of collective action toward a just and egalitarian society. What follows includes my memories of both the struggles and the work itself.
During the discussion after the reading, Dave would be especially interested in talking about the following kinds of questions:
What can the day-to-day experiences and struggles of manufacturing workers in the 1970’s tell us about today? What sorts of jobs, working conditions, wages, environmental impacts should we be working toward? What is the relation between class and race? What role should legal strategies play in work place struggles? What roles and responsibilities should the left play in the work place?
David Ranney is Professor Emeritus in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois Chicago. He received his BA degree at Dartmouth College and his PhD at Syracuse University. Professor Ranney has also been a factory worker, a labor and community organizer and an activist academic. He is the author of four books and numerous articles and monographs on issues of employment, labor and community organizing and U.S. trade policy. In addition to his writing, he gives lectures on economic policy and politics and also finds time to be an actor and director in a small community theatre. He is married and has a son, daughter in law and two granddaughters. He splits his time between Chicago, Illinois and Washington Island, Wisconsin. His website is at http://www.david-ranney.com/
Join Dave and the New York editors of Hard Crackers for the reading and discussion.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
2pm – 4pm
Freddys Bar and Backroom
627 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
(between 17th Street & 18th Street)
Hard Crackers is a unique publication: political but not absorbed in elections or program, literary but not inflated, scholarly but not scholastic. Issues can be purchased online, and selections are available to read at https://hardcrackers.com/.