The University of Iowa

Labor rights events on campus will reflect on Triangle fire 100 years ago

March 25th, 2011

The UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR) will host several events related to labor rights and the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire of 1911. All events are free and open to the public.

A series of “talk-back” sessions in conjunction with the UI Department of Theatre Arts’ production of “Triangle” will be held April 7-10 at Theatre B of the Theatre Building. The talks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. after the 8 p.m. shows April 7-9, and at 3:30 p.m. after the 2 p.m. matinee April 10. Speakers include UI faculty and other local experts on labor rights.

Paintings by Janet Essley portraying garment workers will be on display until April 3 at the UICHR office, 1120 University Capitol Centre, and from April 4-11 at the Theatre Building.

Finally, a live video chat with unionized Dominican Republic factory workers who sew Iowa Hawkeye apparel under the Alta Gracia label will be held Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in 125 Trowbridge.

These events are sponsored by the UICHR, the UI Labor Center, the Department of Theatre Arts, Iowa Women’s Archives and UI International Programs.

For more information, visit or contact Liz Crooks at or 319-335-3900.