Odyssey: The History of Sparrows Point

From 1887, when the Sparrows Point mill opened as a division of Pennsylvania Steel, until the plant closed in August 2012, a notable subculture developed at this, the largest steel mill in the world. Employing 31,000 workers at its peak, Sparrows Point became a symbol for an industrial United States—a country that no longer exists. This presentation follows the rise and decline of The Point, its workers and residents, and will deal with the issues of unionism, civil rights, and new technologies in the mill. Most importantly, we will focus on the dispute over why the mill closed, evaluate the impact of its closing, and discuss what can be done to prevent the further destruction of industry in the United States.

918.109.01 Homewood campus Thursday, April 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $28

There is tuition remission for full-time faculty and staff members of the university. You will be unable to register online and receive discounts. Contact 410-516-8516 for more information.