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Derber Lectures

The Annual Milton Derber Lecture was instituted in 1990 to honor Professor Emeritus Milton Derber.

Besides honoring Derber, the lecture was established to serve as a focal point for the intellectual enrichment for the school, its faculty and its students, as well as for the university community. Nationally known experts in a variety of employment relations subject areas are featured in this event, which is open to the public.

The School of Labor and Employment Relations gratefully acknowledges the endowment of Clara Derber Bloomfield, Albert de la Chapelle and Charles Derber in honor of Milton and Zelda Derber for the LER Annual Milton Derber Lecture on Industrial Relations. Their generous gift recognizes the scholarly achievements of Professor Milton Derber in research, teaching and leadership in the field of industrial relations.

Date Topic & Speaker
April 16, 2019 The Middle Class, Democracy and Unions: Why you can’t have one without the others
Karen Nussbaum, Founder of 9to5, the national association of Working Women and of District 925, SEIU, and collaborated with Jane Fonda on the iconic movie 9 to 5
April 2, 2018 Importance of Unions for Working People
DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of National Football League Players Association
April 10, 2017 Domestic Outsourcing, Rent Seeking, and Increasing Inequality
Eileen Appelbaum, Senior Economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research
April 5, 2016 Alito-ism and Judicial Amendments
Ellen Dannin, author of Working Free – The Origins and Impact of New Zealand’s Employment Contracts Act (Auckland University Press) and Taking Back the Workers’ Law – How to Fight the Assault on Labor Rights (Cornell University Press)
April 20, 2015 Overview of Past Research, Current Developments, and Agenda for Future Research.
Tim Judge, Schurz Professor of Management, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
April 2, 2014 After Industrial Democracy: The Eclipse of Labor’s 20th Century Ideal and the Search for a New Paradigm
Joseph McCartin, Professor of History/Director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Georgetown University
April 1, 2013 Labor and Finance in the United States
Sanford M. Jacoby, Howard Noble Distinguished Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management
Dec. 11, 2011 Labor Law, Economic Justice, and Political Rhetoric
Wilma Liebman, Chair, National Labor Relations Board (retired)
April 29, 2010 Guns, Hired Guns and Warm Bodies
Stephen R. Barley, Richard Weiland Professor, Co-Director, Center for Work, Technology and Organization, Department of Management, Science and Engineering, Stanford University
April 16, 2009 The Role of Government when Labor Markets, Financial Markets and Product Markets Collide
Lisa M. Lynch, Dean and Professor of Economics at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
April 29, 2008 Bargaining Innovations when the Future of an Industry is at Stake: The 2007 UAW-Ford Negotiations
Speakers: Bob King, Vice President and Director, UAW Ford and CS/IPS Departments; Marty Mulloy, Vice President, Global Labor Affairs, Ford Motor CompanyPanelists:
Wendy Fields-Jacobs, Top Administrative Assistant to Vice President Bob King, UAW
Dan Brooks, Assistant Director to Vice President Bob King, UAW
Chuck Browning, Assistant Director to Vice President Bob King, UAW
Joe Gafa, Assistant Director to Vice President Bob King, UAW
Bill Dirksen, Executive Director, US Labor Affairs, Ford
Marilyn Bingamen, Director, Global Labor Strategy & Negotiations Planning, Ford
Jack Halverson, Manager, Union Relations, Ford
Bridgette Morehouse, Manager, Negotiations Planning, Ford
May 1, 2007 Good Jobs, Good Service: Redesigning Service Sector Work in the Global Information Age
Rosemary Batt, Alice Hanson Cook Professor of Women and Work, Cornell University
April 4, 2006 National Culture and People Management: Claims and Evidence
Barry Gerhert, Professor of Management and Human Resources; Bruce R. Ellig Distinguished Chair in Pay & Organizational Effectiveness; Director, Strategic Human Resources Program, University of Wisconsin, School of Business
April 11, 2005 The Economic Benefits of Workforce Diversity: Promises & Progress
Susan Jackson, Professor of Human Resource Management, Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations
April 1, 2004 Can Increased Organizing Reverse the Declines of Unions in the U.S.? Lessons from the Last Quarter Century
Henry Farber, Professor of Economics, Princeton University, Economics Department
April 8, 2003 The Supreme Court, Access to Higher Education, and Building an Integrated Workplace
Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
April 22, 2002 Money and Motivation
Sara L. Rynes, John F. Murray Professor of Management; Chair of Department of Management and Organizations, University of Iowa, Tippie College of Business
March 30, 2001 The Gender Pay Gap: Going, Going…But Not Gone
Francine D. Blau, Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial & Labor Relations; Research Director of the School of Industrial & Labor Relations; Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA, Cornell University, School of Labor & Industrial Relations
April 12, 2000 Human Resources & Business Performance: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why
David Lewin, Neil H. Jacoby Professor of Management, UCLA, Human Resources & Organizational Behavior, Anderson Graduate School of Management
April 20, 1999 Culture and Negotiation
DeWitt W. Buchanan, Jr. Professor Dispute Resolution and Organizations, Northwestern University, Organization Behavior Dept., Kellogg Graduate School of Management
April 30, 1998 The New Deal at Work: Managing Without Commitment
Peter Cappelli, Professor and Chair, Management Dept.; Director, Center for Human Resources; Co-Director, National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School
April 2, 1997 Rosies, Flight Girls, and Waitress Moms: Working Women & Economic Justice in Post-War America
Dorthy Sue Cobble, Associate Professor, Rutgers University, School of Management & Labor Relations
April 18, 1996 Labor’s Time: Rebuilding Union Influence
Richard L. Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO); President Emeritus, United Mine Workers of America, AFL-CIO
April 18, 1995 Changing National Labor Policy: The Role of the Dunlop Commission
Thomas A. Kochan, George M. Bunker Professor of Management; Member, Commission of the Future of Worker-Management Relations, Massachusetts School of Technology, Sloan School of Management
April 12, 1994 Women in the Workplace and the Role of the Glass Ceiling Commission
Joyce D. MIller, Executive Director, Glass Ceiling Commission, U.S. Department of Labor
April 13, 1993 Joint Action for a Healthy Economy
Irving Bluestone, Professor of Labor Studies; Retired Vice President of United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America – UAW, Wayne State University, College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs
Jan. 23, 1992 The International Exchange of Ideas in Industrial Relations
John Niland, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Commerce & Economics, The University of New South Wales, New Zealand
October 9, 1990 Industrial Relations: Relevant & Resilient
Robert B. McKersie, Professor of Labor & Industrial Relations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management