Zoerheide Lecture: “Which Side Are You On? Sparrows Point and Baltimore Labor History” with Deborah Rudacille

The Sparrows Point steelworks in Baltimore County is a microcosm of U.S. labor history with many of the great trends and struggles (paternalism, unionization, civil rights, technology, globalization) playing out on the Point. What does this history tell us about our working class past and our yet to be determined future? Deborah Rudacille was born and raised in Dundalk, Maryland. She attended The Catholic High School of Baltimore and Loyola College and earned a master’s degree in science writing from Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of three books: The Scalpel and the Butterfly: The War Between Animal Research and Animal Protection (2000), The Riddle of Gender: Science, Activism and Transgender Rights (2005) and Roots of Steel: Boom and Bust in an American Mill Town (2010). Rudacille is currently Visiting Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The Rev. Robert and Jean Zoerheide Lecture Series speaks to the civic values of the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore (Universalist & Unitarian) and provides regular opportunities for public dialogue with leading voices in the Unitarian and Universalist and other liberal religious traditions. The series honors our late Minister Emeritus and his wife for their years of leadership in Baltimore. This lecture is free of charge and open to all.

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