Context & Conversation: “A Day’s Wage”
Co-presented with Providence Public Library
Community Partner: Slater Mill Museum
Inspired by Lynn Nottage’s Sweat
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A job is a bargain, an agreement, an understanding, an exchange, a contract. Our sense of literal and metaphorical worth, and of our essential place in an ecosystem of interwoven relationships, is often tied to the particulars of that contract, and the future it guarantees. What happens to our sense of worth, our sense of connection, when, as is happening more and more frequently, that contract is sundered without our knowledge or assent, and the new one offered is untenable, or no new one is offered at all? What are our options? What are our obligations, to ourselves and our fellow workers? Join public historian and activist Joey La Neve DeFrancesco and others for a conversation about the history of our relationship to labor, and to one another.