~ Lecture Series (#4 of 7) ~
With Kevin Comtois
Billerica Access Television
430 Boston Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Comtois’ presentation Labor Music and Radical Politics: The Music of Joe Hill and the IWW examines the music and politics of the IWW, including sabotage, the strikes in Lawrence and Patterson and how it connects to labor and protest music today. A special focus will be given to the songs and execution of one of its leading poets and songwriters: Joe Hill.
"The first example of organized revolutionary protest singing in the twentieth century was directed against industrial capitalism and the hardships that result from unchecked corporate power.The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) or Wobblies, built an organization that was rooted in the idea that songs can move people to revolutionary action..." - Kevin Comtois, Troubadours & Troublemakers, Page 119.
Comtois is currently teaching history and government at Notre Dame Academy in Tyngsboro. Kevin has taught history and government at Northern Essex Community College (NECC) since 1999. He has also taught at Merrimack College, Quincy College and various secondary schools. Kevin designed a course on the history of American music while serving as a Social Studies Department Chairman.
Comtois earned his B.A. in Political Science from Westfield State College and his M.A. in American Civilization from the University of MA, Boston. Kevin was a recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities grants; one in 2005 to study the history of jazz at Washington University in St. Louis, MO and the second in 2008 to study the Industrial Revolution in Lowell, MA.
In 2011, Comtois taught an Honors Colloquium he designed at NECC titled the Social and Political History of American Music and continues to be a member of the NECC Speakers Bureau. In 2014, Kevin published his first book titled Troubadours & Troublemakers: The Evolution of American Protest Music.
Comtois’ presentation, Labor Music and Radical Politics: The Music of Joe Hill and the IWW begins at 7 pm on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Billerica Access Television, 430 Boston Road. If you would like to attend this event, please call Billerica Access Television at 978.663.2284 to reserve your seat(s) as seating will be limited.