Special Events

from the ashes of the old: the triangle fire and its labor rights legacy

The Labor Center will co-sponsor a series of public events on the UI campus in March and April to mark the 100th anniversary of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and to examine its relevance in the present.

Download Triangle events flyer (pdf)

In Memoriam:  The Triangle Factory Fire 100th Anniversary
Friday, March 25, 12 noon-1 pm, Iowa Women’s Archives, UI Main Library Rm 2032
Free and open to the public / Download flier (pdf)
Event to commemorate the 146 young, immigrant garment workers who lost their lives in this tragedy.  Remarks by Professor of History Linda K. Kerber at noon. Dramatic readings by UI theater students and faculty will follow, with comments by playwright Janet Schlapkohl. For information call 319-335-5068.


TRIANGLE: A play by Janet Schlapkohl

8 pm Th-Sat, April 7-9 / 2 pm Sun, April 10, UI Theatre Building, Tickets $5 (free for UI students)

Post-performance “talk-back” discussions on labor rights sponsored by the Labor Center and UI Center for Human Rights:

  • April 8: “Fighting Exploitation and Deadly Fires in Today’s Global Sweatshops,” Trina Tocco, International Labor Rights Forum
  • April 9: “Women and the Right to Organize: From Iowa’s 1911 Button Strike to Today,” Janet Weaver, UI Women’s Archives and Robin Clark-Bennett, UI Labor Center
  • April 10: “The Triangle Fire’s Legacy,” Shel Stromquist, UI History Dept., and "Fairness in Fashion," Loyce Arthur, UI Theatre Dept.

Unfinished Business: Hawkeye Apparel and the Student Anti-Sweatshop Movement
7 pm, Thursday, April 14, 125 Trowbridge Hall, Univ. of Iowa, Iowa
Free and open to the public / Download flyer (pdf)
Live video discussion with unionized Dominican Republic garment workers who sew Hawkeye apparel for the Alta Gracia label. Sponsored by the Labor Center, UI Center for Human Rights, UE Local 896, and UI Amnesty International. For information call 319-335-4144.

Presente—She Is Here with Us: Paintings by Janet Essley
Paintings of garment workers from around the world on display at the UI Theatre Building April 4-11. Click here for more information about Janet Essley and her work. 

The Labor Center and its UI partners are participants in the national Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition.

Individuals with disabilities are welcome to attend all UI sponsored events. If you require an accommodation to attend, please call 319-335-4144 in advance.






Individuals with disabilities are welcome at all UI-sponsored events. If you require an accommodation to attend, please e-mail labor-center@uiowa.edu or call 319-335-4144 in advance of the event.