Working in 21st Century America (Virtual)

Tuesday, July 12, 2022-Tuesday, July 26, 2022

6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Three Sessions


The registration period has closed for this event.

Seminar Description
This course will draw from the 100+ interviews I have conducted to date with American workers across the country and economic spectrum for my book in progress, a 21st century take on Studs Terkel's classic, 'Working' which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2024. My interviewees include an Amazon warehouse worker, a doula, long-haul truck driver, an ICU nurse , American Sign Language interpreter, New Yorker cartoonist, Barry Blitt, a hairdresser, a North Carolina police officer and SWAT team member, jazz singer, Kurt Elling, and many others. We will use clips from interviews and draw comparisons with Terkel's 'Working,' e.g. an airline 'stewardess' from Studs's book and a flight attendant from mine. Additionally, we'll speak live via Zoom with some of my interviewees and talk with participants about their own work.

Three sessions. $125/ $112.5.

Led by Mark Larson.


Mark Larson is the author of "Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater" (Agate, 2018) and is currently working on two new books, "Working in 21st Century America" and "Ed Asner: A Composite Portrait." He has taught at Evanston High School, National Louis University, and worked at Field Museum and Lincoln Park Zoo.

Registration Fees

Registration is $125

We offer a 10% discount to seniors, students, and Associate members (at the Author level and above) of the Newberry.

Contact Us
The Adult Education Seminars Program team is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. To reach the seminars program, email is the best form of contact: You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.