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Abraham Lincoln made his entire political career by outlining what free labor meant and how it might be expanded. Today, the term is a bit confusing. However, any Wisconsin worker who earns...


An Unconventional Career Path

presented by Kathleen Gallagher

A Green Bay native, Kathleen initially didn't set out to work at a major metropolitan newspaper. She got a journalism degree from UW-Madison, but rather than starting on a more conventional path at a small-town newspaper...


Motherhood is a role involving sacrifice, strategic thinking, and high ideals about the mother-child relationship and women’s responsibilities in those relationships. Throughout this country’s history, mothers have been at the center...


There are an increasing number of Hmong women completing their graduate degrees every year in the United States. For a Hmong woman, finding balance between career, community, culture, and family can be...


The new economy, often dubbed ‘The Sharing Economy,’ is based in part on a re-definition of work. In this new model, employers increasingly cut costs by classifying workers as contractors. Contractors...


Just three years after graduating with a degree in multimedia journalism, Alison Sherwood won a Pulitzer Prize for her part in a story for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Her videos and interactive...


Growing up, Gary Porter’s parents advised him to keep his options open. He attended college in Wisconsin without really thinking about what came next. The need to support his growing family forced...


Finding Your Own Path

presented by Jessie Garcia

Every day, people struggle with the meaning of life and work. We ask ourselves, What do I really want to do? Maybe you have a PhD but prefer to stay home with...


Hmong cultural beliefs, values, and experiences have an influence on Hmong parenting decisions. However, the ways Hmong mothers support their children and directly teach them to solve problems is sometimes in contradiction...


Human Trafficking in Wisconsin

presented by Rachel Monaco-Wilcox

Cases of human trafficking have been identified in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. Yet most people doubt this, thinking “that can’t be happening here!” If we are in a state of denial...


Did you ever wish that you spent less time at work? Want more time for family, fun, or sleep? What if you could work fewer hours and still earn the same amount...


In 1969, statewide grape boycotts reduced grape consumption in Wisconsin by 41%. Migrant workers in Wisconsin were part of a nationwide movement to gain union recognition for migrant labor, as well as...


What does it take to put together a picture book? In some cases, it is an opportunity for creative collaboration that brings many talents together. Anne is an artist with training in...


Land surveying has been crucial in the development of the human environment, as well as the development of the United States. In fact, two of our founding fathers—George Washington and Thomas...


Mark got an English degree, rather than a journalism degree, from the University of Toronto and entered journalism through a series of very small newspapers in the U.S. As Mark describes how he helped unravel the complex story of Nic Volker's DNA sequencing, he'll...


When Arnold Chevalier was growing up in Milwaukee, he never dreamed that he would start a small business back home on the Menominee Indian Reservation. But one day he got home late...


Serving Wisconsin's Aging Population

presented by Rachel Monaco-Wilcox

What do Elder Law attorneys do for clients? How is the job changing? Who are the people taking care of the elderly? What trends are affecting adult children caring for elderly parents...


If you’re working within a high burnout profession, you know it. You already know that many of your colleagues, or perhaps even you, will think about quitting… the job, the organization, or...


Kisa is embarking on a second career. After working for years as a Marketing Manager, she had what she describes as a ‘paradigm shift.’ Specifically...


Rarely do we have the chance to hear teachers talk at length about their occupation. The stories and reflections Mark Wagler and his colleagues heard, as they interviewed K-12 teachers across...


Universal public education in the US began in the 1800s. From that time on, teachers instructed their students in not only the three Rs but also conveyed—and sometimes challenged—dominant American...


Your own family tree is full of stories about work. They are unique stories that provide insight into your values, opportunities, and aspirations. They are also part of the history of this...


Many factors influence how we get to work. Some people work from home, while others spend hours getting from home to workplace. All of us have an opinion about that time...


There are some events that now define nineteenth and twentieth century labor history in both Wisconsin and in the US—the Eight-Hour Movement in the 1880s, the Kohler conflict that spanned...


Officer Corey Saffold is a law enforcement professional in Madison, and is known in the community for his volunteerism and his work with youth of all ages and demographic backgrounds. In addition...


What is the work of a mayor? The answer to this question has changed radically since Milwaukee’s founding more than 150 years ago. In this talk, Aims focuses on a pivotal moment...


The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine

presented by Mark Johnson & Kathleen Gallagher

When they received a tip that all of the genes of a desperately ill young boy had been sequenced by doctors at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, two reporters at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel began investigating the...


In the early 20th century, some architects designed not only homes for wealthy clients but also furniture, stained glass windows, and even china and silver service. Frank Lloyd Wright is perhaps most well-known...


This Is a Real Job: Insights Into Arts Work

presented by Danielle Dresden & Donna Peckett

Although it’s common to talk about a “work of art,” we seldom discuss the “work” of being an artist and making art. More than 43,000 Wisconsin residents are employed in arts-related...


Mexican immigrants and Mexican American migrants, like other 19th century European immigrants, settled in both rural and urban Wisconsin communities. Jesus Salas’s grandparents were sharecroppers in Texas. They lost their ties to...


People have often relied on songs to express their experiences as workers and human beings. Rural and urban, blue collar and white collar, of indigenous and immigrant heritage, Wisconsin’s culturally and linguistically...


Is work an art, a chore, or a joy? We speak about rewards of work beyond material gain, such as solidarity, expression, and fulfillment. Yet we also complain constantly about our jobs...


What is Healthy Work?

presented by Katherine Sanders

Have you ever had a job where you dreaded going in to the office? Have you had a job that you loved? Can you identify specifically what felt wrong, or right, and...


It is no secret that the beer industry has been dominated by men for most of its history. However, the sudsy ceiling is slowly but surely being raised by a growing group...


Women’s Work during Prohibition

presented by Alison Staudinger

Prohibition was a nationwide constitutional ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages, mandated under the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Some women were outspoken proponents of Prohibition...


The headlines and news reports remind us of the challenges facing mothers today: the costs of childcare compared to earning potential; the lack of jobs with flexible work hours; the need for...


What rights do you have as a worker? Do you really have a “right” to work? Do you have the right to a job? Can you be fired for organizing a union...


Workplace Equity for Mothers

presented by Jodi Vandenberg-Daves

Ideal workers, like ideal mothers, are expected to be very available and highly attentive. Modern pressures to show commitment though regular and sometimes non-stop availability put special pressure on those with...


ShopTalk Themes

Working People: Life Paths – Meet a brewmaster, a TV sportscaster, an illustrator, and others. Personal stories skillfully told by our presenters illuminate different ways people experience work and invite sharing from the audience.

Work in Context: The Big Picture – Explore the dynamic forces that have made work what it is today and consider what work might look like tomorrow. Historians and other scholars shed light on complex questions as part of open-ended conversations.

Pulitzer Winners: Working the Story – Pulitzer Prize-winners from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel share what it’s like to report a great story. Invite them to give a talk and hear how they became reporters and photojournalists with honors.