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Jul 21, 2008

Associate Professor of History Dr. Peter Cole returns to Western's History Department this Fall, after a busy year. After spending the Fall of 2007 on scholarly pursuits in Tanzania (see link in blue box to related news item), Dr. Cole spent a productive sabbatical semester researching and writing.

His book, Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia, part of the Working Class in American History series of the University of Illinois Press, was released in the Summer of 2007, and thus far has been favorably reviewed in the Journal of American History, Industrial Worker (twice), Monthly Review, Left History, and the Labor Studies Journal, as well as on-line at H-Urban, a scholarly on-line network of urban historians. He has been interviewed about his book on radio stations in Chicago, Kansas City, New York City (twice), Seattle, and Macomb. He has given talks on his book in Macomb, New York City, Seattle, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

His article, "International Film, US Cities: Teaching Urban America Using International Movies," is forthcoming in a special issue on "Teaching the City" in Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy. He has presented new research on the impact of globalization on rural American communities at an academic conference in Vancouver and has been accepted to present this research at the Newberry Library's Rural History seminar in Chicago. He also co-authored a paper on an important Indian-Tanzanian writer for the African Literature Association, as well as helping to organize this conference, held at WIU in Spring 2008. He chaired a panel at the Social Science History Association. He has also begun writing for the mainstream press on labor issues; one was published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He has been accepted into an op-ed writing workshop geared for labor historians, to be held at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

During his sabbatical, he was privileged to participate in a Rotary International Group Study Exchange Program in northern Thailand for one month. He has given talks to students and community groups in Illinois and Iowa on his experiences in Tanzania and Thailand, on suburbs and climate change, racism in contemporary America, Judaism, and apartheid in South Africa.

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