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Labor balladeer to lecture and sing April 9

Mark Reutter, Business Editor
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Danielle Dupuis, UI Press
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EDITORS NOTE: Joe Glazer will sing some of his ballads at both the LIR and Illini Union Bookstore events. Interviews with the singer can be arranged.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Noted labor balladeer Joe Glazer will deliver a lecture on music and labor organizing – and sing some of his songs – on April 9 (Monday) at the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, 504 E. Armory Ave., Champaign.

The presentation, titled "Joe Glazer, Activist Balladeer: A Lifetime of Music From the Labor and Civil Rights Movement," will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Wagner Education Center in the LIR Building.

Glazer’s autobiography, "Labor’s Troubadour," recently was published by the University of Illinois Press.

During his 50 years as a labor activist, Glazer has recorded more than 30 albums, cassettes and CDs of work and political songs and songs of social commentary. He has shared the stage with presidents from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton and been involved with such labor leaders as Walter Reuther, Philip Murray, Cesar Chavez and George Meany.

He is chair and founder of the Labor Heritage Foundation and has worked for the Textile Workers Union of America, the United Rubber Workers and as a labor adviser for the U.S. Information Agency.

Between noon and 1 p.m. on April 9, the UI Press and Illini Union Bookstore will host a reception for Glazer in the "Author’s Corner" on the second floor of the bookstore.
Both events are free and open to the public.