Steve Macek, North Central College associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, was invited to give a talk at Southern Illinois University (SIU), hosted by SIU’s Global Media Research Center in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts on Oct. 20. His talk, titled “One Hundred Fifty Years of Chicago Labor Media,” traced 150 years of Chicago’s labor media history against the backdrop of the city’s ever-changing political, social and economic landscape.
Macek noted that Chicago has been a central arena of struggle for the American labor movement and, because it was the birthplace of the movement for an 8-hour work day, has had symbolic importance for the world labor movement as well. As the site of the most ambitious media project ever undertaken by organized labor in this country (the union-owned radio station WCFL), Chicago has had an equally central role in the history of U.S. labor media.
Macek has been a member of North Central’s faculty since 2002. He earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.