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Constructing a New Social Compact Event w/ Dr. James C. Benton - Race & Economic Empowerment Project

Dr. James C. Benton is the Director of the Race and Economic Empowerment Project at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University.

We highlight a multi-day virtual conference open to the public scheduled starting this Wednesday, April 28 to Saturday, May 1st called Constructing a New Social Compact: A Public Forum on Empowering the Post-Pandemic Working Class.

James is a U.S. historian who studies labor history and the ways in which organized labor has been affected by trade policy, economic change, and industrial decline from the New Deal to the present. He earned a Ph.D. in United States history and a masters’ degrees in history and liberal studies from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In this conversation, we discuss:

  • The Kalmanovitz Initiative at Georgetown and the Race and Economic Empowerment Project;

  • The Constructing a New Social Compact Event why people should tune into the conference and what he hopes to achieve following the conference;

  • His forthcoming book published by Illinois Press called Fraying Fabric; and

  • Where James sees opportunity and hope in 2021 and beyond.

You can follow James on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/jamescbenton


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