Practicing History in Translocal Spaces: Class, Community, and the Politics of Engagement in the Academy and Beyond
A retirement lecture by longtime Obermann Scholar Shelton Stromquist (History, CLAS).
Professor Stromquist teaches undergraduate courses on the history of the American working class, the Gilded Age and Progressive Eras, and the history of U.S. immigration. His graduate courses—both readings and seminars—are generally in the area of U.S. social and labor history and recently, comparative labor history.
Over his years at Iowa, Shel has been drawn to a number of other related projects which examine the meaning and historical significance of class in American life; the regional processes of class formation (with particular attention to the Midwest); and global patterns of labor mobilization, recruitment and conflict. His book, Reinventing "the People": The Progressive Movement, the Class Problem and the Origins of Modern Liberalism (published in February 2006 by the University of Illinois Press), explores the Progressive Era origins of American liberals' unwillingness to see the world in class terms.