FALL 2018

  • NORMA RAE MOMENT: THE TRIUMPHANT INDIVIDUAL FROM THE "WORKING CLASS" AND THE REAGAN YEARS

    Aimee Loiselle, Visiting Assistant Professor of History and FGSS

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    Please join us for a lunch talk with pizza and conversation. Aimee Loiselle will discuss the 1979 movie.

    Norma Rae and its cultural narrative of the hard-working and defiant individual who triumphs over all obstacles. While images of union organizing appear in Norma Rae, the icon generated by the movie works to normalize the individual standing alone as the primary locus of power and responsibility. As economic policies in the Reagan years eroded government protections for working people, shifting them to finance and currency exchange, the pop cultural narrative converged with neoliberal rhetoric of freedom and choice in the market.

    Aimee Loiselle is a Visiting Assistant Professor in History and FGSS at Wesleyan University and a Dissertation Fellow in the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut. She specializes in the modern U.S. as a hub for transnational labor and capital with an interest in women workers, gender, race, and popular culture. She is the author of “Austerity Undermines Every Effort at Equity and Justice” in Women, Gender, and Families of Color. She has published articles and blog posts on women’s activism, textile and garment labor, and neoliberal economic projects, such as the piece “Puerto Rican Needleworkers: A Laboratory for Neoliberalism” in El Sol Latino. Her conference presentations include the Organization of American Historians, Labor and Working-Class History Association, Film & History, and the Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Loiselle is currently working on the project, "Creating Norma Rae: The Erasure of Puerto Rican Needleworkers and Southern Labor Activists in a Pop Icon."

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018
    12-1 p.m.
    PAC 001

    Sponsored by the Histroy Department

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