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- Lane Windham wins the first Zieger Prize! The inaugural 2015 Robert H. Zieger Prize has been awarded to A. Lane Windham for her provocative and ambitious essay, “The Cannon Mills Case: Out of the Southern Frying Pan, Into the Global Fire.” The award committee, which was composed of Paul Ortiz (University of Florida), Max Krochmal (Texas Christian University), Michelle Haberland (Georgia Southern University), also decided to award an honorable mention to Joey Fink, for her essay, “In Good Faith: Working-Class Women, Feminism, and Religious Support in the Struggle to Organize J. P. Stevens Textile Workers in the Southern Piedmont, 1974–1980.”
- Southern Labor Studies Conference Withstands Thor! 150 scholars, archivists, graduate students, and activists met in snowy Washington for the SLSA’s conference, “Slavery, Law, and Legacy.” Unfortunately, Thursday’s events at the University of Maryland’s Center for the History of the New America had to be cancelled but the rest of the conference went off (almost) without a hitch thanks to contributions from the following donors: The Department of History, Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, The George Washington University, The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center, The Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, and the Lyon G. Tyler Department of History, The College of William & Mary. Southern Spaces plans to solicit several papers for its online journal. The SLSA’s board met on Friday, and the membership on Saturday, where president, Scott Nelson, presented Lane Windham with the first Robert H. Zieger Prize, and where president-elect Beth English led a lively discussion of the organization’s priorities for the next two years.