April 23, 2015

The n+1 Labor and Letters Symposium

The first strike in the history of publishing took place in 1934. Since then, waves of unionization in books and magazines have come and gone, but the industry remains largely unorganized. Freelance and unpaid intern labor have become standard, and even the livelihoods of journalists in unionized newspapers are imperiled.

Nikil Saval, Aaron Braun, Sarah Jaffe, Maxine Phillips, and Maida Rosenstein discuss the state of labor in publishing today.

The first strike in the history of publishing took place in 1934. Since then, waves of unionization in books and magazines have come and gone, but the industry remains largely unorganized. Freelance and unpaid intern labor have become standard, and even the livelihoods of journalists in unionized newspapers are imperiled.

Moderated by n+1 editor Nikil Saval, n+1’s “Labor and Letters” symposium convenes Aaron Braun, Sarah Jaffe, Maxine Phillips, and Maida Rosenstein to discuss the state of labor in publishing today.

Aaron Braun is a freelancer and is affiliated with the Intern Worker Alliance. He is a frequent contributor to the n+1 podcast and Full Stop magazine. He is a former n+1 intern.

Sarah Jaffe is a Nation Institute fellow and an independent journalist whose work has appeared in the Nation, Salon, the Week, the American Prospect, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and many other publications. She is currently at work on her first book, on social movements after the 2008 financial crisis, which will be published by Nation Books.

Maxine Phillips was the managing editor at Dissent from 1986 to 2004, when she became executive editor. She retired in 2013 and now volunteers as editor of Democratic Left.

Maida Rosenstein is the president of Local 2110 of the United Auto Workers.

April 23, 2015, 7pm

The Bell House: 149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Please RSVP to rsvp@nplusonemag.com by midnight April 22nd for free entry.

If you would like to come but have not RSVP’d, there should be plenty of standing room but we ask that you pay $5 on the door.