A Special One-Day Colloquium

Event Date: 
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 10:00

"Revisiting Ludlow: Its Enduring Legacy"

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the Ludlow massacre, one of the most violent conflicts in American labor history. A politicized site of memory, Ludlow brings attention to immigrant subjectivities, working class consciousness and interethnic solidarity, while it generates interest in its resonance for the contemporary labor movement. The events surrounding the strike and the families of the strikers at Ludlow attract the interest of historians, archaeologists, journalists, poets and writers exploring social memory and its politics, the literary representation of the past, academic activism, public scholarship, and labor, ethnic and gender history. Local populations and organized labor annually honor the memory of those miners, women and children killed in the massacre.

To honor this special anniversary of the Ludlow massacre of 1914, the Center for Modern Greek Studies at San Francisco State University hosted the colloquium, "Revisiting Ludlow: 1914/2014."  The colloquium brought together scholars, artists, journalists, researchers and museum curators with the aim of furthering the conversation about the scholarly and political significance of this seminal event. Writers with a distinguished record of work on Ludlow will introduce fresh perspectives and exchange ideas with scholars who are engaging with the subject for the first time. The colloquium provides a critical forum to present new scholarship and to revisit seminal texts on Ludlow. The aim was to promote cross-fertilization across genres and disciplines to further our understanding of Ludlow in relation to material culture, ethnicity, transnationalism, usable pasts, women's activism, academic politics, and the intersections of historical facts and fiction.

Participants included: writer and retired Professor of English, San Francisco Art Institute, Zeese Papanikolas; poet and Professor of English, David Mason, University of Colorado; historian, Professor Thomas Andrews, University of Colorado; journalist Scott Martelle; Director of Labor Archives and Research at SF State, Catherine Powell; archaeologist and Professor of Art History,  Kostis Kourelis, Franklin and Marshall College; and the two co-organizers of the event, Director of the Center for Modern Greek Studies at SF State, Professor Martha Klironomos, and Greek American Studies scholar, Professor Yiorgos Anagnostou, Ohio State University.

See the program and list of bios of the participants below.

This event was being made possible by the generous support of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts, the Center for Modern Greek Studies at SF State University, Zeese Papanikolas, and the Modern Greek Studies Association.

It was also co-sponsored by the Departments of English, History, Humanities, Labor Archives and Research Center, and the American Studies program at San Francisco State University.

This event was free and open to the public. Please join us.

Program Committee:

Yiorgos Anagnostou
Zeese Papanikolas
Martha Klironomos

Ludlow Colloquium Program:

9:30 a.m. Coffee

10:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction; Prof. Martha Klironomos, Modern Greek Studies/English, Director, CMGS, SFSU

10:10 a.m. Remarks; Interim Dean, Daniel Bernardi, College of Liberal and Creative Arts

10:15 a.m. Keynote –Why Ludlow Matters; Prof. Zeese Papanikolas, Writer, San Francisco Art Institute

I. Historical Contexts

10:45 a.m. Ludlow in Context:Contemporary San Francisco Labor History; Catherine Powell, Director of Labor Archives and Research Center, SFSU

11:15 a.m. “The Walking Wrath of God”: Mother Jones in Colorado; Prof. Elliott Gorn, American History, Loyola University Chicago

11: 45 a.m. Greek Diaspora and the Archaeology of Home; Prof. Kostis Kourelis, Art and Art History, Franklin and Marshall College

12:15 p.m.Luncheon (on site)

II. Contemporary Circulations

2:00 p.m. Reflections: Was it All for Nought?; Scott Martelle, Author, Journalist, & Editorial Writer for the Los Angeles Times

2:30 p.m. Two Worlds in Conversation: From Academic Text to Public Eye; Lamprini Thoma, Film Producer & Writer Nikos Ventouras, Film Director & Photographer

3:00 p.m. Ludlow and Historical Memory: Centennial Reflections from Colorado; Prof. Thomas Andrews, History, University of Colorado

3:30 p.m. Reclaiming a U.S. Labor Hero: The Many Lives of Louis Tikas; Prof. Yiorgos Anagnostou, Modern Greek Program, Ohio State University

4:00 p.m. Ludlow and the Poetics of Memory; Prof. David Mason, English, Poet, Colorado College

4:30 p.m. Closing

Bios of participants:

Yiorgos Anagnostou is associate professor of Modern Greek and American ethnicities at the Ohio State University. He works on ethnicity and diaspora from an interdisciplinary perspective. He is the author ofContours of White Ethnicity: Popular Ethnography and the Making of Usable Pasts in Greek America. His most recent article is "White Ethnicity: A Reappraisal," published inItalian American Review.

Thomas G. Andrews is associate professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a specialist in the social and environmental history of the Rocky Mountain West. His first book, Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor Warwon the Bancroft Prize, as well as other honors. His next book,Coyote Valley: Environment and History in the Colorado Rockies, will be published by Harvard University Press in fall 2015.

Elliott J. Gorn, Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago, is author of Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America, andDillinger's Wild Ride: The Year that Made America's Public Enemy Number One.

Kostis Kourelis is an architectural historian who specializes in the archaeology of the Mediterranean from the medieval to the modern periods. He also investigates how medieval material culture has shaped modern notions of identity, space and aesthetics particularly during the 1930s. Research on the archaeology of labor includes surveys of deserted villages in Greece and oil-boom man camps in North Dakota. Publications includeHouses of the Morea: Vernacular Architecture of the Northwest Peloponnesos (1205-1955),The Archaeology of Xenitia: Greek Immigration and Material Culture,Punk Archaeology,“Byzantine Houses and Modern Fictions: Domesticating Mystras in 1930s Greece” and“'Byzantium and the Avant-Garde: Excavations at Corinth, 1920s-1930s.”

Scott Martelle is the author of several books of history, including Blood Passion: The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the American West, andDetroit: A Biography. His most recent book wasThe Admiral and the Ambassador: One Man's Obsessive Search for the Body of John Paul Jones. His current project about the man who killed John Wilkes Booth will be published in April 2015.

David Mason has written or edited fifteen books, including Ludlow: A Verse Novel, Sea Salt: Poems of a Decade, 2004-2014, News from the Village(memoir) andThe Scarlet Libretto.He served as poet laureate of Colorado from 2010 to 2014.

Zeese Papanikolas has publishedthree books on American cultural and historical themes. His biographyBuried Unsung: Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacrewas first published in 1982 and brought out in a paperback edition by the University of Nebraska Press in 1991. His most recent study,An American Cakewalk: Ten Syncopaters of the Modern Worldwill be published by Stanford University Press in the fall of 2015.

Catherine Powell is the Director of the Labor Archives and ResearchCenter at San Francisco State University.Catherine is co-chair of the Labor Archives Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists, coordinatorof the Bay Area Labor History Workshop and a board member of the Fundfor Labor Culture and History. She is co-editor ofThe San Francisco Labor Landmarks Guide Book: A Register of Sites and Walking Tours.

Lamprini Thoma, is a producer whofor the last 30 years has been working as journalist, radio producer and script writer. She has covered wars in the Balkans, the former Soviet Union and West Africa. She has worked in print, online and broadcast media, including the BBC’s now defunct Greek service. She created the first specialized newspaper column on the Internet in Greece, aninitiativewhich still makes her proud.

Nikos Ventouras,Director of the documentary "Palikari: Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Masscare."He works in IT, and as a columnist and photographer for major Greek publications. He is an accomplished audio-visual production professional, his work ranging from sound recording to directing.