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Ron Luce talk part of library’s September Culture Showcase Series

Ohio University Libraries will kick off its Fall 2011 Culture Showcase at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. The theme for the series is "There is Power in a Union," a focus on labor and labor history.

The premier speaker is Ron Luce, an Ohio University alumnus (M.A. and PH.D) and former professor and administrator at Hocking College. He is currently serving as the executive director of the Athens County Historical Society and Museum. 

"Dr. Ron Luce has a personal interest in labor history, and he will bring the history of the region to life," said Eileen Theodore-Shusta, director of planning assessment and organizational effectiveness at Ohio University Libraries. "The theme is timely in light of changes to collective bargaining rules at the state level throughout the country." 

Luce's talk titled, "From Coal Mines to National Unions: Southeastern Ohio's Role in the Labor Movement," will address the region's intricate role in the development of unions in the United States.

Specific topics of the talk include the life and work of Chris Evens, a local hero and prominent figure in the United Mine Workers of America, and the Great Hocking Valley Strike of 1884-1885.

The event will take place in the Friends of the Libraries room located in 319 on the third floor in Alden Library.