Have a labor-related event that you'd like us to post? Submit it to

Friday | September 26 | 4:30-5:30 PM

Labor Cafe

Labor Café

Geddes Hall | Room B034

Worried about wealth distribution? Wondering about workers’ rights? Interested in interrogating inequality? Curious about Catholic Social Teaching?

Then join us for the Labor Café, a biweekly venue for students, faculty, and staff to gather for casual yet critical conversation on contemporary issues related to work, equity, and social justice. We’ll provide the caffeine and treats to boost your energy; you bring the questions and concerns to inform the discussions.

The next meeting of the Labor Café is Friday, September 26, at 430 pm, in B034 Geddes Hall. All ND community members and opinions are welcome.

At this gathering we’ll decide as a group what topics to discuss at upcoming sessions, so if you’re interested but cannot make it, please email Dan Graff, director of the Higgins Labor Studies Program.


Thursday | September 11 | 5:00 PM

Moral Mondays Comes to Indiana

DeBartolo Hall | Room 129

The Higgins Program and the campus chapter of the NAACP are cosponsoring a campus video screening of an electrifying speech by Rev. William Barber, one of the leaders of the Moral Mondays, the anti-poverty social movement that has been transforming North Carolina and is now spreading across the country. Rev. Barber will be in Indianapolis as part of a larger march and rally on Sept. 20; those interested in joining the bus caravan or simply learning more should come to the September 11 event or email or

Friday | September 12 | 3:30-5:00 PM

Higgins Labor Studies Program Open House

Geddes Hall | McNeil Library (first floor, center of the building)

The Higgins Program has a new director, Dan Graff, and a new administrative assistant, Judy Benchaar. Come meet the new leadership team, renew old friendships, make new ones, and show your support for the important work of the Higgins Labor Studies Program and the Center for Social Concerns. We'll also use this opportunity to thank Karen Manier for her good work and dedication over the past several years, as she has taken another position within the Center for Social Concerns, where she will remain an active friend to and resource for the Higgins Program.


Friday | September 26 | 12:00-1:00 PM

Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS (Research, Advocacy, & Policy Series)

Geddes Hall | Coffeehouse

Kevin Christiano, Associate Professor of Sociology, will deliver a talk entitled "Vision and Verse: The Labor Art and Poetry of Ralph Chaplin." Chaplin was an American writer, artist, and labor activist who penned the words to "Solidarity Forever" and also converted to Catholicism late in life. Needelss to say, he led a very interesting life. For this presentation Professor Christiano will draw from his larger biographical study; lunch will be provided.


Past Events