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The DC LERA Board of Governors invites you... 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
12:00 to 1:00 Eastern Time

Ironworkers, Nurses, Hairdressers and Port
Pilots: Behind the Scenes of the Library of
Congress痴 New Occupational Folklife Project

Nancy Groce

Senior Folklife Specialist,
American Folklife Center,
Library of Congress

In 2010, Nancy Groce, a folklorist at the Library of Congress痴 American Folklife Center, designed and launched the Occupational Folklife Project (OFP). Inspired by the Work Projects Administration痴 Life Histories and the work of Archie Green and Studs Terkel, the OFP set out to document the culture of contemporary American workers during an era of economic and social transition. She collaborated with fieldworkers across the U.S., supported by a specially designed online submission platform. The on-going, born-digital project has now amassed more than 1,200 audio and video interviews with workers in scores of trades, industries, crafts, and professions. The completed interviews are being incorporated into Library of Congress archives. They are now available online at:

Ms. Groce will discuss designing and implementing this significant new labor history resource and how scholars and researchers can now access and use it. We invite you to join us at noon on September 9th in what promises to be a fascinating Webex event.

Registration is required to join this event.

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Our Fall 2020 Webinar Schedule 

September 9: Occupational Folklife Project

Nancy Groce, Senior Folklife Specialist at the Library of Congress

October 21: The Right to Strike in International Law

Jeff Vogt, Director Rule of Law Department, Solidarity Center

November 18: An Evening with Wilma Liebman

Wilma Liebman, Former Chair of the National Labor Relations Board, President-Elect of national LERA

December 16: Labor-Management Issues in the NFL

Mark Hyman, Director, Povich Center for Sports Journalism, at the University of Maryland and Adam Richelieu, NFL Players Association

Mark Your Calendar and Stay Tuned!

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The DC LERA is on the forefront of tidal changes in national labor policies. Battles between powerful political forces in Washington will determine the future of work for decades to come. We are a non-partisan forum in Washington where these conflicting ideas and ideologies coexist.
We sponsor a series of monthly luncheons on crucial economic, legal, and social issues in employer貌mployee relations. Thanks to our location, DC LERA draws support from the Washington policy community, with members and speakers from government, universities, unions, think tanks, and policy advocate organizations. Our luncheon programs offer great opportunities for labor relaュtions professionals, union leaders, policy specialュists, scholars, and students to express their views, enrich their knowledge and expand their networks.
A special dimension of DC LERA痴 program is international labor relations. We are honored and privileged that representatives of Washington痴 diplomatic delegations are active participants in our Chapter. They learn, but they also give back. Attach駸 and counselors give us inside views of labor relations in Asia and Europe.
We invite you to join us in this fascinating journey. You can join or renew by clicking here. Questions? Please call Jim Kimball at 202-624-7456.  Thank you in advance for your support. We look forward to seeing you at our great events!  Your tax adviser should confirm that your payment is tax deductible as dues paid to a non-profit professional association.
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