Department of History, Cape Breton University
James Bryson McLachlan Commemorative Society
issue an invitation to trade unionists, the general public, students and staff to the 13th Annual Jim McLachlan Memorial Lecture by Professor Steven High, Canada Research Chair in Public History, Concordia University, on Friday, 28 October 2011 at 1:30 p.m. in CE 265 (Sydney Credit Union Room), Cape Breton University.
Steve is the author of Industrial Sunset: The Making of North America’s Rust Belt and co-author of Corporate Wasteland: The Landscape and Memory of Deindustrialization.
Steve’s talk: Brownfield Public History: Remembering and Forgetting in the Aftermath of Deindustrialization. The term “brownfield” originated in North American business circles to differentiate the redevelopment of former industrial lands from the first-time development of so-called “greenfield” sites.
The lecture series is in memory of one of Cape Breton’s finest labour leaders, Jim McLachlan. He arrived in Cape Breton from Scotland in 1902 to work in the expanding coal industry. In 1909 he was elected Secretary-Treasurer of District 26, United Mineworkers of America and was blacklisted. An exceptional organizer and a dedicated radical, he continued his role as a powerful and critical voice in Cape Breton and Canada until he died in 1937.
For additional information contact Don MacGillivray, Cape Breton University, 563-1269 Don_MacGillivray@cbu.ca or Terry McVarish, 842-4950