The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies is organizing its fourth annual conference for March 22, 2018. Preparations include a student essay contest with a cash award and the opportunity to present at the conference for the top three papers.

The conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Victoria E. Bynum, noted scholar, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Texas State University and author of The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War, The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies, and Unruly Women: The Politics of Social and Sexual Control in the Old South. 

Students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit essays related to the understanding of the working class. The top three papers will receive certificates and awards (First: $200, Second: $150, Third: $100).

Student essay submissions should be at least four pages, typed and double spaced. Essays should make use of a documentation style appropriate for the discipline. Submissions should be emailed to Chad Pearson ( by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1.

Faculty and staff are also encouraged to submit proposals for presentations, panels, workshops or round tables. Conference organizers invite scholars from all disciplines to take part.

 Those interested should submit an abstract of no more than 150 words to Digital Commons@Collin ( by Friday, Dec. 1. For more information, contact Dr. Lisa A. Kirby, director of the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies and professor of English, at