Dr. Allen Dieterich-Ward, assistant professor of history at Shippensburg University, will examine the labor landscape of Pennsylvania’s workforce during the 2018 Labor Day Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the Burke Auditorium at King’s College. Titled “Pennsylvania’s Working Landscapes: Rust, Revival, and the Future of Labor in Penn’s Woods,” the lecture is free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s.
Dieterich-Ward’s talk will explore the history of the state’s working landscapes, paying particular attention to Northeast Pennsylvania, through the crisis of deindustrialization and with potential lessons for the future drawn from the ongoing process of urban revitalization.
Dieterich-Ward’s research focuses on the role of politics, economics, and the natural environment in the shaping of metropolitan development with a particular emphasis on 20th-century Pittsburgh. He is the author of “Beyond Rust: Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Fate of Industrial America, Politics and Culture in Modern America” published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2015. His current research is a college-oriented survey of Pennsylvania’s environmental history for the History Studies Series of the Pennsylvania Historical Association.
Dieterich-Ward joined the faculty at Shippensburg in 2006. He was awarded a Teaching Innovation in Pedagogical Spotlight Award in 2013 and Shippensburg University Provost’s Award for Extraordinary Service in 2010-11. He was also awarded the Urban History Association Prize for Best Scholarly Article Published in 2009.
He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in history from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree at the College of Wooster.
The Burke Auditorium is located in the William G. McGowan School of Business on North River Street. Parking will be available in on-campus lots. For more information, contact Dr. Bernard Prusak, director, McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, at 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.