Celebrate International Workers’ Day (MayDay) with our special speaker. Richard Hudelson grew up in a factory town in east central Indiana. His father and maternal grandfather worked at the Chrysler, manufacturing parts for the assembly lines in Detroit. The rest of his family was made up of small farmers. Dick escaped the factory, went to college, and liked it. He came to Duluth from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. in the Fall of 1977 to take a teaching job at UMD. He taught philosophy at UMD until 1996 and then at UWS until 2011. He is the author of six books: four in philosophy and two in labor studies.
Carl Ross grew up in the Finnish Communist community in Superior, Wisconsin. He recruited me to join him as co-author for a book on the labor history of Duluth. I worked on that book for eighteen years. Carl died before the book was finished, but By the Ore Docks: A Working People’s History of Duluth was eventually published by University of Minnesota Press in 1996. My talk will be based on my work with Carl on that book. Duluth had an ethnically diverse working class. Ethnic differences, religious differences, and ideological differences divided the labor movement in Duluth. Yet, it has been a powerful labor movement, from very early on, even up to the present.
This Saturday, April 24th, we resume the time honored ritual of gathering at the lovely home of Our Flounder, Dr. Bill van Druten, to share a bite to eat and a relaxing drink. That’s right, all you have to do is bring something to share (perhaps some snack you’ve made or a soothing drink to enjoy) to 2931 Greysolon Road at 1:00 pm while freethinkers think freely and share a laugh or two. Park anywhere on Greysolon Road but not on 30th Avenue. (218) 724-4176.
Yes, you “heard” that right. We’re meeting live, in-person, in spectacular 3-D, with non-GMA free-range freethinkers, at Sammy’s Pizza in West Duluth! Be there at 5:30, or as soon as you can join us, to celebrate the return to Duluth of face-to-face heresy. We have much more to talk about than just religion and Sammy’s has much more to offer us than just pizza. So, bring your sense of humor and a friend (optional) to the reserved Back Room and join us at 403 N Central Avenue. (218) 628-2327.
Please join your freethinking friends on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of several chairs by local artist Kris B. Nelson. She is a retired art educator, curator at the Encore Performing Art Center and Gallery in Cloquet, and a board member of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council in Duluth. After 35 years of teaching K-12 in the public schools, she started her business ChairsByKris. She is now a full time artist painting approximately 30 chairs a year in order to reach her goal of 1,000 chairs before she is 100. Her work can be found in local galleries and businesses. Many of her pieces feature nature or still life, but the “guts” of her work lies in her Social Commentary Chairs. Join us as she shows 33 slides of her “soul” work and describes the impetus to each one. Her subjects range from the Ten Commandments to the Death Penalty to the Environment and many more.
Please grab an Irish meal and join like-minded thinkers on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, at 5:30 pm. We are still meeting on Zoom but, with restaurants open at 50% capacity and vaccines available, it is getting close to time to consider some face-to-face meals. We are allowed to gather in groups as long as there are no more than six people at each table. But what do you think? Do you know of a venue that has enough room for us to maintain social distance? Let’s discuss it over dinner.