February 24, 2009


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Julie Greene will give the talk, "The 13th Labor of Hercules: Building the Panama Canal," on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the history department, the University Lectureship Committee, the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Gender, and the departments of sociology, Spanish, comparative humanities, international relations, and political science.

Greene, who is an associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, is the author of several books and articles including The Canal Builders: Making America’s Empire at the Panama Canal.

In her talk, Greene will examine how imperial relationship defined everyday life in the canal zone, specifically dealing with issues of class relations, empire building, political policy, race, ethnicity and a sense of place.

U.S. labor and working-class history specialist
Greene’s research and teaching interests span across immigration and political history, the history of empire and transnational approaches to the history of the Americas. She is also the author of Pure and Simple Politics: The American Federation of Labor and Political Activism, 1881-1917, and the co-editor, with Eric Arnesen and Bruce Laurie, of Labor Histories: Class, Politics, and the Diversity of the Working-Class Experience.

She was the founding reviews editor in 2004 of Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, and continues to serve as an editor of the journal. Labor received the Council of Editors of Learned Journals Award for Best New Journal in 2005.

Greene was the founding co-chair of the Labor and Working-Class History Association in 1997-99, and has worked in numerous ways with the organization since that time. She also has been active with the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (serving currently on the editorial board of its journal) and with the Organization of American Historians.

She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others.

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