SJC Academic Dean to Give Annual Founders Day Lecture

September 26, 2011

BROOKLYN, NY September 27, 2011 - St. Josephs College is pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Greenwald, academic dean, will present the annual Founders Day lecture on Monday, October 17, at 4:30 p.m. His lecture, "The Triangle Fire: Lessons on the Meaning of Social Democracy," will be held in the Tuohy Hall Auditorium, St. Josephs College, 245 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY and is free and open to the public.

On March 27, 1911, the dark side of the industrial age became brutally apparent when 146 trapped workers were killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirt-Waist Factory in New York City. In this lecture, Dr. Greenwald will discuss how this disaster, still the deadliest industrial accident on record in New York City, spurred the enactment of some of the most important labor and workplace reforms of the period.

Dr. Richard Greenwald is the academic dean and a professor of history and sociology at St. Josephs College. His most recent work, The Death of 9-to-5: Permanent Freelancers, Empty Offices and the New Way America Works, will be released in 2013 by Bloomsbury Press. Dr. Greenwald's scholarly interests are political economy, particularly the intersection of the workplace, business and American politics. He is the author of The Triangle Fire, the Protocols of Peace and Industrial Democracy in Progressive Era New York (2005), co-editor of Sweatshop USA: The American Sweatshop in Historical and Global Perspective (2003), and editor of Exploring America's Past: Essays in Social and Cultural History (1996). The New Press will be published his co-edited collection on the future of work in 2013.

Every year, St. Josephs College celebrates the pioneering spirit of its inaugural class by holding the Founders Day lecture. This lecture, which has featured some of the most dynamic and respected figures in a wide range of disciplines, serves as a living testament to the probing intellect and dedication to learning  shared by the enterprising young women that opened St. Josephs doors over nine decades ago.  For more information about this event or St. Josephs College, please call 718.940.5584.