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Feb. 20, 2006

Child Labor's Decline, Persistence To Be Discussed Feb. 27

Shelton Stromquist, University of Iowa history professor and 2004 recipient of the Collegiate Fellow Award in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will discuss "Child Labor: Historical Patterns of Decline and Persistence" at the next International Mondays lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

The public lecture, whose location recently was changed from the International Center to the Iowa City Public Library, is free and refreshments will be served.

"The talk will focus on the history of child labor and why predictions of its demise have proven premature," said Stromquist. "I will specifically discuss the cases of Britain, the U.S. and India to illustrate these patterns of decline and persistence and the sources of opposition and support which help to account for those patterns."

Stromquist, whose scholarship has focused on the fields of U.S. labor and social history, has recently shifted focus towards comparative global perspectives on labor history. His current book project, tentatively titled "Social Democracy in the City: The Politics of Urban Reform in Comparative Perspective, 1890-1920," grows out of his research on municipal labor and socialist politics in England, Germany, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the United States. He did much of the research for this project as the 2002-2004 University of Iowa Global Scholar.

Stromquist has received a number of awards and grants, including the UI Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in 2003 and several UI Art and Humanities Initiative Grants. Stromquist joined the UI faculty in 1982 after receiving his doctorate from the University of Pittsburg in 1981.

For more information on the lecture, the International Mondays series or special accommodations to attend the lecture, contact Amy Green at 319-335-1433 or

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and the Iowa City Public Library and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually held from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday throughout the academic year, with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Center One, Suite 371, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Amy Green, 319-335-1433,; Writer: Katie Chelminski