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Rethink, Rebuild, Revitalize: Labor, Education and Our Communities

April 5-8, Detroit

Online Registration is now closed. You will be able to register in person at the conference.

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Conference format

Conference Schedule

Materiales en español

Registration

(online registration is closed)

Labor History Tour  Annual Achievement Awards
  Conference App Accommodations Downloads    

 

There's an App for that! We have created an app that allows you to see all kinds of info about the conference, make your own schedule, post photos and more. Click on the Conference App link above for more info

Nota: El formato de la conferencia, la convocatoria de propuestas, requisitos para las propuestas, y la solicitud de subvención comunitaria están disponibles en español en la página Conferencia 2017, y también se pueden descargar desde esta página. Otros materiales en español se agregarán a la página Conferencia 2017 a medida que estén disponibles.

Esta conferencia se presentará en inglés. Si usted o alguien de su grupo desea participar y requiere interpretación en otro idioma (es decir, español, ASL, Malayo, etc.), envíe un correo electrónico al organizador de la conferencia a través de Trataremos de hacer lo mejor para acomodar su petición, estaremos en contacto si no podemos en este momento.

Note: The Conference Format, the Call for Proposals, Proposal Requirements and Community Grants Application are available in Spanish on the Conferencia 2017 page, or they can be downloaded from this page. Other Spanish materials will be added to the Conferencia 2017 page as they become available.

This conference is conducted in English. If you or someone from your party wishes to participate and requires interpretation into another language (i.e. Spanish, ASL, Malay, etc.) please email the conference organizer at . While we will do our best to accommodate your request, we will contact you if we cannot at this time.

Download full conference program book:  pdf 2017 UALE Conference Program (1.65 MB)

   

Conference Format

The United Association for Labor Education (UALE) invites labor educators from unions and educational institutions, workers’ centers, community organizations, and others committed to worker education to come together in Detroit, Michigan for our annual conference. This event provides a unique opportunity to share curriculum, build our skills as educators, challenge each other and ourselves on emerging issues and events of concern, and strengthen the labor education community.

The conference is open to all, whether or not you are a UALE member. Special rates are offered for students, members of community groups and low-income or unemployed people.

The conference includes:

  • Plenary sessions on topics of broad interest;
  • Various smaller, concurrent sessions, outlined below;
  • Pre-conference Labor History Tour;
  • Meetings of Working Groups;
  • Women’s Caucus Luncheon;
  • People of Color Caucus Luncheon;
  • Meeting for union-based education directors;
  • Meeting for university-based labor education directors;
  • Regional breakouts;
  • Cultural event;
  • Awards Banquet.

Concurrent Sessions run for two hours, several of which take place during the same time slot. Sessions vary in structure to provide a robust and diverse conference experience for presenters and participants; they offer some combination of the formats listed below.

Panel Sessionsinclude a number of presenters who share their work on a similar topic. Each panelist will have equal time to present his or her work, followed by Q&A and discussion. By offering presentations on different aspects of a single topic, panel sessions engender rich discussion among presenters and the audience. Session chairs will be appointed in advance and will be responsible for planning with panelists prior to the session.

Paper Sessions can include research papers, case studies, or other kinds of reports related to labor education. These sessions offer presentations from authors who have written about a generally related topic. Each author will have equal time to present their work, after which the session chair will lead discussion. Authors should submit an abstract for consideration; full-length manuscripts should be submitted prior to the conference. Session chairs will be appointed in advance and will be responsible for planning with authors prior to the session.

Roundtable Discussions provide an opportunity for participatory discussion of labor education issues or programs, research in progress, or other relevant topics in an informal setting around a table or in a circle of chairs. The convener poses a series of questions to participants and leads a conversation. Roundtable Discussions draw heavily on the experience of those in the room.

Workshop Sessions engage participants in an interactive manner that facilitates group participation in some form, and utilizes labor education techniques, particularly popular education. This may be a teaching demonstration. Activities are typically followed by discussion of the technique(s) demonstrated and the uses to which they might be put. Facilitators are encouraged to offer their design and materials to participants to adapt and use.

Poster Sessions provide an opportunity to present and discuss a single theme or relevant topic in an informal setting, somewhat like an exhibit hall or information fair. A good poster presents  useful information and engaging graphics, and stimulates discussion. Poster presenters should prepare a display using easily understood printed text and graphics on a board no larger than 30”x40.” Presenters should prepare a few remarks to welcome conference attendees and explain their posters. Attendees and presenters will then have the opportunity to discuss the posters and the topics they address. It is helpful to provide handouts for participants with presenters’ contact information to facilitate future dialogue. In order to have a poster accepted for display at the conference, please submit a photograph of the poster with a brief accompanying explanation of its content and purpose.

UALE encourages submissions that relate directly to the conference theme, but will accept submissions focused on other areas.

Some sessions are organized by Working Groups around their specific areas of interest. Working Groups typically solicit group-member input to develop proposals, and new members are always welcome. Working Group information is available at www.uale.org, and current Working Groups include:

  • Central Labor Council (CLC)
  • Immigration/Globalization
  • K-14 Labor Education
  • On-Line Education
  • Popular Education
  • Worker Writers
  • Labor Film Documentarians
  • Young Workers


Plenary Sessions are two hours long and designed to bring all conference attendees together around important areas of labor education. Plenary sessions are determined by UALE’s Executive Board, but UALE members are welcome to submit suggestions and volunteer to help develop plenary sessions.

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Conference Schedule

You can also downoad the schedule here: 2017 UALE Conference Schedule

Tuesday, April 4  
4:30 - 8:30 PM UALE Executive Board Meeting
 Esquire, 3rd floor

Wednesday, April 5

 
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM  UALE Executive Board Meeting
 Esquire, 3rd floor
 9:30 AM-12 noon  Labor History Bus Tour

Departs hotel lobby at 9:30 a.m. Returns at noon

Visit the sites of the Battle of the Overpass at the Ford Rouge plant, the 1932 Ford Hunger March, the old Model T-Plex/Studebaker plant, Grand Circus Park, the Woolworth's 1937 sit-down strike, Cadillac Square and the Labor Legacy Landmark at Hart Plaza. You will also learn about the history of the Detroit Federation of Musicians with a stop outside the Motown Museum.

Cost $25.

9:30 - 11:30  Labor History Walking Tour
 Note: The Walking Tour has been filled to capacity, so registration for it is closed. Inquire at the Conference to see if any spaces open up.

Meet at Grand Circus Park at 10:00am—Grand Circus Park is a short, less than 10- minute walk, from the hotel.

Ends at 11:30am at Hart Plaza – less than 15-minute walk back to the hotel.

During the walking tour you will visit sites in the downtown area and hear stories of local workers struggles and successes beginning at the historic Grand Circus Park, the site of many early labor demonstrations then move to the site of the Woolworth's 1937 sit-down strike, Cadillac Square and others sites and conclude at the Labor Legacy Landmark at Hart Plaza.

Cost $25

 Noon – 5:00 PM  Registration Open
 4th floor, between Crystal and Venetian ballrooms
 2:00 – 2:30 PM  Conference Opening Session and Welcome
 Venetian Ballroom, 4th floor

2:30 - 4:15 PM

 PLENARYLife After Bankruptcy and Bailout:  Rethink, Rebuild and Revitalize Detroit Communities   Through Labor, Education and Community Partnerships
 Venetian Ballroom, 4th floor

4:30 – 5:30 PM 

 Working Group Meetings

Labor Film Documentarians: Founders A, 3rd floor
Central Labor Councils: Founders B, 3rd floor
Popular Education: Esquire, 3rd floor

5:45 – 6:45 PM 

 Labor Studies Journal Editorial Board meeting: Esquire, 3rd floor

 Working Group Meetings

Young Workers and Activists: Founders A, 3rd floor
Online  Education: Founders B, 3rd floor

6:45 – 7:45 PM   Dinner (on your own)
7:45 – 8:45 PM

 'Forgotten: The Murder at the Ford Rouge Plant’
 Performance of scenes from the jazz opera
 Venetian Ballroom, 4th floor

 8:45  – 9:45 PM

 Reception following performance
 Venetian Ballroom, 4th floor

Thursday, April 6

 
7:00 - 8:00 AM  Breakfast (UALE sponsored)
 Venetian Ballroom, 4th floor
7:30 AM - Noon  Registration
4th floor, between Crystal and Venetian ballrooms
8:15 - 10:00 AM  Concurrent Sessions (Workshops, Roundtables, Panels, Teaching Demonstrations)
 for content and location of concurrent sessions, download Conference Program or Conference Schedulea
10:00 -10:30 AM
 Break and Informal Networking
10:30 AM - 12:15 PM  Concurrent Sessions (Workshops, Roundtables, Panels, Teaching Demonstrations)
 for content and location of concurrent sessions, download Conference Program or Conference Schedule
12:15 - 1:45 PM  Lunch (on your own)
12:30 - 1:45 PM  Women Workers' Caucus Luncheon (UALE-sponsored lunch)
 Crystal ballroom, 4th floor
1:45 - 3:30 PM  PLENARY: "Labor Education and Solidarity"
Venetian Ballroom, 4th floor
3:45 - 5:30 PM  Concurrent Sessions (Workshops, Roundtables, Panels, Teaching Demonstrations)
 for content and location of concurrent sessions, download Conference Program or Conference Schedule
5:45 - 6:30 PM

 New Members Reception (open to all)
 (UALE-sponsored; light hors d'oeuvres, selection of wine and beer)
 Crystal ballroom, 4th floor

6:30 - 7:45 PM

 Dinner (on your own)
 Directors Dinner Meetings (UALE-sponsored)

Higher Education Directors: Founders A, 3rdfloor
Union Education Directors: Founders A, 3rd floor
Community Group Education Directors: Esquire, 3rd floor

7:45 - 8:45 PM

 Working Group Meetings

K-14 Labor Education: Founders A, 3rd floor
Worker-Writers: Founders B, 3rd floor
Immigration and Globalization: Esquire, 3rd floor

7:45 - 9:45 PM  Film Screening and Discussion: "Union Time"
 Venetian Ballroom, 4th floor  

Friday, April 7

 
7:00 - 8:00 AM  Breakfast (UALE sponsored)
 Venetian Ballroom, 4th floor  
8:15 - 10:00 AM  Concurrent Sessions (Workshops, Roundtables, Panels, Teaching Demonstrations)
 for content and location of concurrent sessions, download Conference Program or Conference Schedule
10:00 - 10:30 AM  Break and Informal Networking
10:30 AM - 12:15 PM  Concurrent Sessions (Workshops, Roundtables, Panels, Teaching Demonstrations)
 for content and location of concurrent sessions, download Conference Program or Conference Schedule
12:15 - 1:30 PM
 Lunch (on your own)
12:30 - 1:30 PM  Workers of Color Caucus Luncheon (UALE-sponsored lunch)
 Crystal ballroom, 4th floor
1:30 - 3:15 PM  Concurrent Sessions (Workshops, Roundtables, Panels, Teaching Demonstrations)
 for content and location of concurrent sessions, download Conference Program or Conference Schedule
3:45 - 4:45 PM

 Regional Breakout Meetings

 Canada: Windsor, 1st floor
 Northeast: Boulevard A, 2d floor
 South: Founders A, 3rd floor
 Midwest: Founders B, 3rd floor
 West: Esquire, 3rd floor

5:00 - 6:30 PM  UALE Membership Meeting
 
Venetian Ballroom, 4 th floor  
6:30 - 7:45 PM  Dinner (on your own)
7:45 - 9:45 PM
 Film Screening and Discussion: "A Day's Work"
 Venetian Ballroom, 4th floor  

Saturday, April 8

 
7:00 - 8:00 AM   Breakfast (UALE sponsored)
 Venetian Ballroom, 4th floor  
8:15 - 10:00 AM  Concurrent Sessions (Workshops, Roundtables, Panels, Teaching Demonstrations)
 for content and location of concurrent sessions, download Conference Program or Conference Schedule
10:00 - 10:30 AM  Break and Informal Networking
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM  PLENARY: "Labor Education in an Anti-Worker Environment: World Café"
 Venetian Ballroom, 4th floor
12:45 - 2:45 PM  Awards Luncheon (UALE-sponsored lunch)
 Crystal ballroom, 4th floor
3:00 – 4:00 PM UALE Executive Board Meeting
Founders A, 3rd floor

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Conference App

The 2017 UALE Conference has gone mobile! Get the app for your mobile device, for free,
at: https://guidebook.com/g/2017uale

If you don't want to download the app, you can also access it on your computer at https://guidebook.com/guide/88088/

With this app, you can:

  • View the full Conference schedule
  • Learn about each session and its presenters
  • Make your own schedule
  • See the hotel floor plan to help find the sessions
  • Learn about UALE's upcoming events, and how to join
  • Share photos of your experience
  • and more....

Download instructions for its use here: Guidebook App Instructions

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UALE Annual Achievement Awards

UALE gives five awards at the Awards Luncheon at our annual conference. In 2017, the Awards will take place on Saturday, April 8 at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit Hotel in Detroit, MI.

Two of the award winners are chosen by a selection committee. These are the New Generation Award (Best Student Paper) given to the writer of one of the Student Scholarship papers, which is chosen by a committee. The other is the Labor Studies Journal Best Article Award, chosen by the Labor Studies Journal editorial board from among those nominated by the LSJ Board. The other three awards are chosen by either a general vote of the UALE membership or by a vote of the Executive Board. Those awards are:

1. Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Labor Education

This award recognizes an outstanding example of the connection between labor education and activism: a new curriculum, a documentary or social media project, a living history/labor theater initiative, an outstanding campaign on an issue, or an exemplary effort to use labor education to strengthen the labor movement. It can involve a formal institution of labor education, either university-, union-, or community-based. Or, it can represent an independent effort outside an institutional labor education program. It can be an on-going program, or one that has ended.  Some aspect of the program must have occurred within the calendar year 2016.   An individual, group, program, or a project can be nominated. If you nominate a project or program, you must provide the name of the person who should accept the award on the part of the project or program and his/her contact information.

  • Open nominations from UALE members
  • Winner selected by general vote of the membership


2. Best Published Book 2015-16

This award is for a book published during the period 2015-2016 that has been especially valuable in labor education.  It should be a book that represents responsible scholarship, new ideas, creative thinking, and intellectual contribution to the labor movement, the broader workers’ movement, labor economics, politics, culture, or any other topic related to work or labor.  It should be a book that can be or is used in an educational setting. 

  • Open nominations from UALE members
  • Winner selected by general vote of the membership


3. Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of labor education over the course of his or her lifetime. We are intentionally leaving the description open in order to encourage UALE members to think broadly of individuals who have contributed in different ways.

  • Open nominations from UALE members
  • Winner selected by vote of the UALE Executive Board

 
Detroit Labor History Tour

Again this year, UALE will offer a Labor History Tour on the morning preceding the conference opening. This year, the tour is being provided by the Michigan Labor History Society. It will start at 9:30 am on Wednesday, April 5. There will be a bus, which can hold up to 50 participants.  There will also be a walking version for those who prefer to walk. The cost is $25 for either version. You can sign up for the tour as part of your registration for the conference. For descriptions of the 2 tours, see the conference schedule, above, or download the Labor History Tours description at the bottom of the page.

Note: The Walking Tour has been filled to capacity, so registration for it has been closed. Inquire at the Conference to see if anyspaces have opened up. The Bus Tour is still available.

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Registration

Online registration is now closed. Registration wil be available at the conference; however, please let us know in advance at that you plan to attend

Registration option

Regular*
after Feb 28

 Member 400
 Non-Member 500
 Community Group Attendee 150
 Low income, student, unemployed or retired
150
 One-day Attendance 200
 Vendor** 150
 Labor History Tour 25

* Online registration closed March 31, 2017.  After this date, registration costs are non-refundable.

** Vendors will need to complete a supplemental vendor form: document Supplemental Vendor Form (33 KB)


To register by mail: click on the link at right to download and print a paper registration form. 
document 2017 Conference Registration form (796 KB)

 
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Accomodations

Notice: The Westin is now totally booked up. No more rooms are available.
If you plan to attend the conference and do not yet have a room, you might try the following nearby hotels:

Note: UALE is providing these names as a service; we do not actually know anything about these hotels.

All sessions will be held at the conference hotel:

Westin Book Cadillac Hotel
1114 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
UNITED STATES
888-627-7150

Guest rooms and the conference meeting spaces are accessible to people with disabilities. The hotel is able to accommodate most dietary needs for meals provided at the conference.

As part of UALE’s commitment to inclusiveness, English/Spanish interpretation will be offered. For planning purposes, please email to let us know if you or someone in your organization will be using the interpretation services.

If you have any questions or require other accommodation, please send an email to . A UALE officer will contact you.

Detroit is serviced by the Wayne County Detroit Metropolitan Airport, appx. 20 minutes from the hotel. No shuttle services are available, but the airport has two providers for taxi services. Learn more at http://www.metroairport.com/GroundTransportation/LuxurySedansTaxis.aspx

Downloads

pdf Guidebook App Instructions (923 KB)

pdf 2017 UALE Conference Program (1.65 MB)

pdf 2017 UALE Conference Schedule Only (708 KB)

document Programa de la Conferencia 2 8 17 (152 KB)

document Labor History Tours (98 KB)

pdf 2017 UALE conference brochure (896 KB)

document 2017 Call for Proposals (39 KB)

document Invitación a Presentar Propuestas (30 KB)

document LSJ Call for Papers 2017 (140 KB)

document 2017 New Generation Award (15 KB)

document 2017 Research Grant Announcement (13 KB)

document 2017 Conference Registration form (796 KB)

document Supplemental Vendor Form (33 KB)

document 2017 Community Grant Application (42 KB)

document 2017 Solicitud de Subvención Comunitaria (43 KB)

 

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