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Video: Dr. Brian Leech and mining masculinity

January  23, 2013

Dr. Brian Leech, who teaches history at Augustana, shares his research on Butte, Montana's mines, where the shift from a century of underground copper mining to surface mining in the 1950s and '60s meant drastic consequences for male workers.

The mining company favored open-pit work because it made mineral extraction both relatively safe and more efficient. Workers feared this change would lead to the removal of a sense of macho daring and independence, and the decrease in male camaraderie, as women began to join the workforce.

His talk was part of the Tea Hour series. Next up int he series:

March 20: Wendy Hilton-Morrow

"Sexual Identities and the Media:  What to Make of Today's 24/7 Visibility"

Dr. Hilton-Morrow is associate professor of communication studies.

April 17: Jennifer Popple

"Extinguishing the Fire in the Head: An Exploration into Feminist Theatre Directing"

Jennifer Popple is an adjunct instructor of English and liberal studies.