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MAKRAB HMJ HES PERIODE 2020

 

Tepat tanggal 15-16 Februari 2020, Pengurus HMJ Hukum Ekonomi Syariah (HES) periode 2020 mengadakan acara Makrab yang berlokasi di Pendopo Kinanti Mijen, dengan tema “Larutkan Perbedaan, Reaksikan Persamaan, Hasilkan Persaudaraan”, Acara ini diikuti oleh pengurus  HMJ HES periode 2020 yang diharapkan dapat meningkatkan rasa keakraban, menguatkan persaudaraan antar pengurus, menumbuhkan keharmonisan, dan membangun semangat dalam menjalani kepengurusan selama satu tahun kedepan.

Pukul 14.00 kami tiba di lokasi, merapihkan barang-barang lalu dilanjut dengan pembukaan acara di aula pendopo.  Acara ini dibuka dengan pembacaan tilawah oleh M. Hani Rodiyanto, menyanyikan lagi Indonesia Raya yang di pimpin oleh Ayu, dan sambutan dari Eko Arismawanto selaku ketua umum HMJ HES serta sambutan dari Annisa selaku ketua panitia makrab. Setelah pembukaan, kemudian dilanjut dengan pemaparan materi Leadership dan Problem Solving yang di sampaikan oleh Muhammad Fathur Rohman, dilanjut dengan materi kedua yaitu mengenai Teknik Lobbiying  yang di jelaskan oleh Fajar Muhammad Andhika. Setiap selesai materi, pemateri membuka sesi Tanya jawab.

Kemudian, setelah dua materi selesai dilanjut dengan shalat, khatmil Qur’an, doa bersama dan dilanjut dengan makan malam. Selesai makan malam, dan beres-beres para pengurus kembali ke aula dan duduk manis mendengarkan materi terakhir yang disampaikan oleh Mas Fauzi yaitu tentang motivasi. Teman-teman pengurus begitu antusias ketika materi, beberapa mengacungkan jari untuk bertanya.

Materi telah selesai, acara dilanjut dengan api unggun dan pentas seni. Sebagian ada yang menyiapkan api unggun dan juga bercengkrama di aula. Malam itu, kami kedatangan tamu spesial. Keluarga besar rayon syariah dan juga demisioner HMJ HES. Terimakasih telah menyempatkan waktunya untuk safari ke makrab HMJ HES.  Satu jam sebelum pergantian hari, kami pengurus duduk melingkar di lapangan rumput depan aula, bertukar cerita dan saling menguatkan satu sama lain. Sehabis itu kami istirahat.

Keesokan harinya, setelah sholat shubuh kami berkumpul di depan aula untuk senam pagi. Entah sudah berapa kali lagu yang berputar, kami begitu menikmatinya. Selepas  senam, kami persiapan outbound, dan membagi pengurus ke dalam beberapa tim. Ada 3 game yaitu, estafet sarung, estafet tepung, dan lilin kenangan. semua pengurus terlihat semangat, di penghujung permainan, kami saling lempar tepung dan mengguyur air. Tawa pecah, senyum merekah, semoga erat hingga akhir kepengurusan.

Setelah outbound kami bersih-bersih diri hingga pukul 09.30 WIB, acara dilanjut dengan sesi foto pengurus HMJ, dimulai dari BPH, dapartemen-dapartemen, dan terakhir foto bersama. Seusai sesi foto, kami mengemaskan barang-barang, penutupan, dan pulang. Semoga, dengan diadakan agenda makrab seperti ini, para pengurus bisa saling mengenal lebih jauh dan juga mendapat pembelajaran.

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Pengukuhan APHESI (Asosiasi Prodi Hukum Ekonomi Syariah Indonesia)

Asosiasi Program Studi (Prodi) Hukum Ekonomi Syariah (HES) se-Indonesia telah mengadakan pertemuan untuk pertama kali pada tangggal 11 Oktober 2019. Pertemuan ini merupakan bentuk pengukuhan asosiasi yang digagas oleh sebagian peserta beberapa waktu sebelum acara ini diadakan. Seluruh peserta sepakat bahwa forum ini sangat penting dalam rangka menjadi wadah kerjasama dan konsolidasi Prodi HES se-Indonesia.

Muktamar ke-1 ini dihadiri oleh perwakilan dosen HES dari berbagai perguruan tinggi Islam di Indonesia. Sebagai salah satu pelopor pembentukan asosiasi, Prodi HES UIN Walisongo Semarang mendelegasikan kepada Bapak Supangat (Kaprodi) untuk turut serta mensukseskan acara yang diadakan di Batu Malang tersebut.

Dalam pertemuan ini, dibentuk pula ADHESI (Asosiasi Dosen Hukum Ekonomi Syariah di Indonesia). Diharapkan, ke depan wadah ini dapat menjembatani para akademisi HES dalam pengembangan ilmu agar dapat berjalan sinergis dan sepemahaman. Di samping itu, forum kerjasama ini dapat dijadikan media dalam pembenahan tata kelola prodi HES, baik yang bersifat strategis maupun teknis. Harapan-harapan tersebut dituangkan dalam MoU yang ditandatangai ketua APHESI Mohammad Nur Yasin berserta perwakilan yang hadir.

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TALKSHOW 2019 PEMUDA SEMANGAT, EKONOMI KUAT, INDONESIA HEBAT

Semarang- HMJ Hukum Ekonomi Syariah UIN Walisongo menyelenggarakan sebuah acara Talkshow 2019 yang bertemakan ”Pemuda Berkarya Berbasis Syariah”. Dalam acara tersebut dihadiri  lebih dari 300 peserta baik dari UIN Walisongo sendiri maupun dari luar. Acara Talkshow 2019 ini diselenggarakan di Auditorium II Kampus 3 UIN Walisongo pada Kamis, (24/04).

Acara ini mendatangkan dari berbagai pemateri yang memiliki keunggulan dalam dunia bisnis. Yoga Muda Aditya yang memegang jabatan sebagai Owner Loffle Dessert memaparkan mengenai bisnis yang dijalankan selama ini, dia menyatakan bahwa pekerja yang ada di dalam bisnisnya kebanyakan mahasiswa, bahkan staf managernya merupakan mahasiswa semester 6.

”Tidak menutup kemungkinan bahwa seorang mahasiswa dapat menduduki jabatan sebagai staf manager sebelum ia lulus dari bangku perkuliahan. Apalagi pada era sekarang yang semuanya bisa dimudahkan hanya dengan teknologi,” tutur pria kelahiran Semarang.

Salah satu media yang digunakan untuk mempromosikan bisnisnya adalah instagram. Sudah sangat jelas bahwa revolusi industri 4.0 mempengaruhi dalam dunia perbisnisan di era sekarang.

Berbeda dengan si Juara I Santripreneur Progresif bahkan CEO Santri Online, Kang Abdul Wahab. Dia ingin mencetak generasi penerus yang dari kalangan pesantren dan memiliki basis santri namun berjiwa enterpreneur. Potensi terhadap anak muda sangat berkembang pada masa sekarang dan dengan majunya era digital membuat bisnis cepat berkembang.

”Kita harus mengubah mindset anak-anak muda sekarang, dan seharusnya anak muda sekarang harus bisa lebih berkembang dan memiliki pemikiran yang kreatif,” tutur pria kelahiran Tegal.

Dengan berkembangnya era digital mengakibatkan munculnya ide-ide kreatif dalam pemikiran anak-anak muda sekarang atau bisa disebut sebagai Generasi Milenial.

Sedangkan salah satu Akademisi UIN Walisongo, Anis Fitria memaparkan Era industri yang berkembang secara pesat telah mencetak banyak lulusan dari Hukum Ekonomi Syariah yang cukup untuk menyeimbangkan dunia perbisnisan yang semakin pesat. Bahkan banyak mahasiswa yang terjun ke dalam dunia perbisnisan dimulai dari online shop dan aplikasi-aplikasi yang mendukung di era sekarang, salah satunya yang familiar yaitu aplikasi shopee.

”Kita sebagai generasi muda juga harus mempelajari lebih mendalam mengenai dunia perbisnisan, karena semakin berkembangnya teknologi semakin berkembang pula kejahatan yang ditimbulkan, salah satunya penipuan dalam bisnis online,” kata wanita yang memiliki anak satu tersebut.

Jadi, sebenarnya ketika kita masuk dalam dunia perbisnisan yang sulit itu hanya mempertahankan karenanya sekarang banyak orang hanya ingin meminta instan tanpa mengetahui bagaimana prosesnya. ”Memilih sesuatu dari sesatu yang lain dan adanya sesuatu yang akan diraih,” pungkas moderator sekaligus penutup acara.

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DENGAN MENULIS, ABDUL GHOFUR BISA MENCAPAI GELAR GURU BESAR BIDANG ILMU FIQIH

HMJ HES- Tepat pada hari kamis, tanggal 11 April 2019, di Auditorium II Kampus III UIN Walisongo mengadakan ”Sidang Senat Terbuka UIN Walisongo Semarang dengan acara Pengukuhan Prof. Dr. Abdul Ghofur, M. Ag. Sebagai Guru Besar Bidang Ilmu Fiqih Pada Fakultas Syari’ah dan Hukum”.  Salah satu kunci dia bisa mencapai titik ini karena jurnal internasionalnya telat terbit.

Laki-laki yang tinggal di Kendal ini membuat kita para kaum muda untuk tetap semangat meraih cita-cita. Beliau sampai posisi saat ini melalui proses yang cukup panjang dan matang. Dimulai dari pangkat Rektor Kepala 4D, sampai dengan pengukuhan gelar Guru Besar yang telah dia sandang sekarang.

Kunci dia bisa menyandang gelar tersebut karena dua jurnalnya berhasil diterbitkan di luar negri, salah satunya di Malaysia dan baru-baru ini akan diterbitkan di Amerika. Yang mana jurnal tersebut juga sebagai persyaratan bisa menjadi Guru Besar. Bukan hanya jurnal, namun juga tulisan-tulisan yang menyokong akademiknya.

”saya mulai mengajukan guru besar ini mulai dari Oktober 2017 kemudian SK keluar per Juni 2018, sekitar satu tahunan. itu juga harus ditambah dengan tulisan-tulisan. Jadi harus banyak yang harus dipenuhi”. Ujar salah satu Dosen tetap di Hukum Ekonomi Syari’ah.

Sebenarnya, gelar ini sudah didapat Oktober tahun lalu, namun karena ada kendala dari beliau dan rektor, maka sidang senat ditunda terlebih dahulu karena sudah disepakati bersama.

”belum ada rencana untuk kesini karena saat itu saya masih mengejar penelitian yang diadakan oleh LP2M, kemudian dari segi anggaran belum ada sama sekali. Sebenarnya rangkaiannya sebelum Dies Natalis, yaitu sekitar tanggal 20 Maret tapi karena tidak bisa, maka harus diadakan setelah Dies Natalis”. Jelasnya kembali.

Karena dia seorang dosen, yang mana tugasnya ada tiga, yaitu mengajar, meneliti, dan mengabdi. Dimana beliau fokus pada pada pengantar ekonomi syariah dimana pada bidang ilmu murni sudah banyak pakar ahlinya.

”saat ini saya sedang menggodok tentang Falsafah Ekonomi Syariah. Saya fokus kesana karena saat ini trend nya seperti itu.” Pungkas pria yang tinggal di Kendal tersebut.

Pesan beliau kepada mahasiswa, khususnya mahasiswa Hukum Ekonomi Syariah, Fakultas Syaria’ah dan Hukum, memperbanyak belajar, dan mahasiswa juga harus punya andil dalam segala hal.

”dari sekian titik-titik yang ada,bukan hanya satu titik. Tapi selama kita punya andil dalam segala hal. Apalagi ekonomi  termasuk pilar yang besar. Jadi kalian yang sudah berkutat di bidang ekonomi sudah benar. Apabila kita melihat saat ini, sudah banyak yang menggunakan akad-akad syariah.”

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HMPS HES IAIN Jember Studi Banding ke HMJ HES UIN Walisongo

Tanggal 9 April 2019, jam 13.00 WIB dilaksanakan kegiatan studi Banding HMPS Hukum Ekonomi Syariah ke HMJ HES UIN Walisongo Semarang yang bertempatkan di Laboratorium Hukum. Sebelum acara dimulai melakukan perkenalan dari HMPS HES IAIN Jember tentang apa saja bagian-bagian di HES IAIN Jember dan sebaliknya HMJ HES UIN Walisongo Semarang memperkenalkan departemen-departemen yang ada dalam suasana yang santai dan menyenangkan.

Pembukaan dibuka dengan membaca umul kitab Al fatihah. Kemudian pembacaan ayat suci  Al-Quran oleh Asrof Ridallah dengan hikmad. Selanjutnya, menyanyikan lagu Indonesia Raya bersama-sama dengan semangat dan lantang. Setelah itu, Sambutan sambutan yang disampaikan oleh ketua HMPS Hukum Ekonomi Syariah IAIN Jember, ketua HMJ HES UIN Walisongo Semarang, selanjutnya sambutan Kajur Bapak Afif Noor memberikan selamat datang IAIN Jember semoga memberikan keberkahan terhadap kami.

”Selamat datang untuk HMPS HES IAIN Jember, semoga kedatangan teman-teman membawa berkah bagi kami, karena sebelumnya belum pernah ada yang studi banding kepada kita” Ujar laki-laki yang menjabat sebagai Ketua Jurusan HES tersebut.

Terakhir sambutan dari Bapak Arifin selaku Wakil Dekan III Fakultas Syariah dan Hukum UIN Walisongo Semarang. Sambutan yang disampaikan menyampaikan selamat datang terhadap IAIN Jember yang ingin belajar terhadap HMJ Hukum Ekonomi Syariah.

”Selamat datang untuk HMPS Hukum Ekonomi Syariah IAIN Jember yang telah bersemangat datang jauh-jauh dari Jember. Semoga yang diinginkan dapat tercapai dengan belajar atau sharing-sharing terhadap HMJ Hukum Ekonomi Syariah UIN Walisongo” Tutur Arifin selaku Wakil Dekan III.

Kemudian bapak Arifin memperkenalkan bahwa semenjak berubahnya menjadi UIN akan dibangun 8 gedung salah satunya adalah planetarium dan oserarium serta Jurusan HES dan institusi memiliki akreditasi A. Demikian sambutan sambutan yang disampaikan. setelah itu ditutup dengan doa oleh Maulana Imtiyaz. Kemudian penutup ditutup oleh MC dengan membaca hamdallah bersama-sama.

Setelah pembukaan telah usai, dalam ruangan tersebut studi banding dilanjutkan dengan sharing-sharing terkait program kerja HMJ Hukum Ekonomi Syariah terhadap HMPS Hukum Ekonomi Syariah IAIN Jember. Dalam sharing-sharing tersebut berjalan dengan baik dan cukup banyak ilmu yang didapat baik dari pihak HMJ Hukum Ekonomi Syariah UIN Walisongo maupun HMPS Hukum Ekonomi Syariah IAIN Jember.

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I Enjoy Strawberry Deserts

Last Wednesday, several hundred people gathered on the third floor of Chicago’s Harold Washington Public Library for the opening of “Working in America,” a multimedia exhibition exploring how Americans find meaning in work and define themselves through their jobs. Twenty-four men and women were profiled for the exhibit, including a waitress, a police officer, a custodian, an escort, and a farmer.

“This is a tribute to the legacy of Studs”

A master of oral history, Terkel published a number of as-told-to books, including, in 1974, “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do,” the book that inspired the new exhibit. “Working” featured interviews with more than a hundred workers from all walks of life. The book, Terkel writes in the introduction, is about the search “for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life, rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”

Welder binding metal

It became a best-seller—and, a few years later, a musical—thanks, in large part, to the intimacy and depth Terkel elicited from people who are not usually the subject of books.

One of those people, Gary Bryner, is in the new exhibit, too. “I picked Studs up at the Youngstown airport,” Bryner told me, recounting the time Terkel spent with him for the book. “He didn’t even have a hotel reservation. He said he just wanted to stay in a mom-and-pop place and all he needed was a phone.” This was 1972, and Bryner was president of U.A.W. Local 1112 at the Lordstown, Ohio, General Motors plant, where a twenty-two-day strike had captured national attention.

“I’d been interviewed by every major magazine and newspaper. I was on ‘60 Minutes.’ But Studs was different”

Terkel followed Bryner, who’s now in his seventies, for two days. “He had a glint in his eye. He wanted to know how this worked, how that worked. He couldn’t stop.

Saks sought a wide variety of subjects—some of them she knew of personally, and others she found through research. Roque Sanchez, a twenty-one-year-old custodian featured in the new exhibit, said he had never heard of Terkel before Saks contacted him. A formerly undocumented immigrant from Mexico, Sanchez works at a downtown Chicago office building.

Woman building a broomstick

“It’s definitely not the worst job,” he said. “But I like working. It’s essential to make something with my life.” Ava St. Claire, who is in her late twenties, didn’t know Terkel’s work before, either. St. Claire works as an escort in Orlando. “I love my job. It’s the best I’ve ever had,” she said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Saks is a lifelong Chicagoan and the president and artistic director of Project&, a Chicago-based arts organization. “I really wanted to do something on economic inequality,” she explained, as she introduced a panel discussion earlier that night, in the library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. “It’s one of the greatest conflicts of our time.” Once she had decided to focus on the subject, she instinctively turned to Terkel. “My dad and Studs were friends,” she told me.

“As a kid, I’d sit in the back seat as they drove around the city. My dad smoking his pipe and Studs his cigar. They were like a pair from Jewish central casting”

Saks’s intention with “Working in America” is not to mimic Terkel’s masterpiece, she said, but to continue the conversations he started. “Everyone has a relationship with work,” she added. “Even those who don’t have a job.”

The exhibit, which will run until January 31st, is free and open to the public, and it includes two additional components: a weeklong radio series that kicks off on September 25th, on NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and a Web site where people can upload photos and share their own stories.

Chef preparing a dish
Chef preparing a dish

Saks hopes that by the end of January she’ll have raised enough money from private foundations and individual donors to take “Working in America” to libraries throughout the country. Bryner, meanwhile, told me that he was pleased by how things had turned out, and encouraged by the attention. “I thought it was interesting people still cared,” he said.

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Girl Mans Up

Last Wednesday, several hundred people gathered on the third floor of Chicago’s Harold Washington Public Library for the opening of “Working in America,” a multimedia exhibition exploring how Americans find meaning in work and define themselves through their jobs. Twenty-four men and women were profiled for the exhibit, including a waitress, a police officer, a custodian, an escort, and a farmer.

“This is a tribute to the legacy of Studs”

A master of oral history, Terkel published a number of as-told-to books, including, in 1974, “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do,” the book that inspired the new exhibit. “Working” featured interviews with more than a hundred workers from all walks of life. The book, Terkel writes in the introduction, is about the search “for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life, rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”

Welder binding metal

It became a best-seller—and, a few years later, a musical—thanks, in large part, to the intimacy and depth Terkel elicited from people who are not usually the subject of books.

One of those people, Gary Bryner, is in the new exhibit, too. “I picked Studs up at the Youngstown airport,” Bryner told me, recounting the time Terkel spent with him for the book. “He didn’t even have a hotel reservation. He said he just wanted to stay in a mom-and-pop place and all he needed was a phone.” This was 1972, and Bryner was president of U.A.W. Local 1112 at the Lordstown, Ohio, General Motors plant, where a twenty-two-day strike had captured national attention.

“I’d been interviewed by every major magazine and newspaper. I was on ‘60 Minutes.’ But Studs was different”

Terkel followed Bryner, who’s now in his seventies, for two days. “He had a glint in his eye. He wanted to know how this worked, how that worked. He couldn’t stop.

Saks sought a wide variety of subjects—some of them she knew of personally, and others she found through research. Roque Sanchez, a twenty-one-year-old custodian featured in the new exhibit, said he had never heard of Terkel before Saks contacted him. A formerly undocumented immigrant from Mexico, Sanchez works at a downtown Chicago office building.

Woman building a broomstick

“It’s definitely not the worst job,” he said. “But I like working. It’s essential to make something with my life.” Ava St. Claire, who is in her late twenties, didn’t know Terkel’s work before, either. St. Claire works as an escort in Orlando. “I love my job. It’s the best I’ve ever had,” she said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Saks is a lifelong Chicagoan and the president and artistic director of Project&, a Chicago-based arts organization. “I really wanted to do something on economic inequality,” she explained, as she introduced a panel discussion earlier that night, in the library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. “It’s one of the greatest conflicts of our time.” Once she had decided to focus on the subject, she instinctively turned to Terkel. “My dad and Studs were friends,” she told me.

“As a kid, I’d sit in the back seat as they drove around the city. My dad smoking his pipe and Studs his cigar. They were like a pair from Jewish central casting”

Saks’s intention with “Working in America” is not to mimic Terkel’s masterpiece, she said, but to continue the conversations he started. “Everyone has a relationship with work,” she added. “Even those who don’t have a job.”

The exhibit, which will run until January 31st, is free and open to the public, and it includes two additional components: a weeklong radio series that kicks off on September 25th, on NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and a Web site where people can upload photos and share their own stories.

Chef preparing a dish
Chef preparing a dish

Saks hopes that by the end of January she’ll have raised enough money from private foundations and individual donors to take “Working in America” to libraries throughout the country. Bryner, meanwhile, told me that he was pleased by how things had turned out, and encouraged by the attention. “I thought it was interesting people still cared,” he said.

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The Path of Most Resistance

Last Wednesday, several hundred people gathered on the third floor of Chicago’s Harold Washington Public Library for the opening of “Working in America,” a multimedia exhibition exploring how Americans find meaning in work and define themselves through their jobs. Twenty-four men and women were profiled for the exhibit, including a waitress, a police officer, a custodian, an escort, and a farmer.

“This is a tribute to the legacy of Studs”

A master of oral history, Terkel published a number of as-told-to books, including, in 1974, “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do,” the book that inspired the new exhibit. “Working” featured interviews with more than a hundred workers from all walks of life. The book, Terkel writes in the introduction, is about the search “for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life, rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”

Welder binding metal

It became a best-seller—and, a few years later, a musical—thanks, in large part, to the intimacy and depth Terkel elicited from people who are not usually the subject of books.

One of those people, Gary Bryner, is in the new exhibit, too. “I picked Studs up at the Youngstown airport,” Bryner told me, recounting the time Terkel spent with him for the book. “He didn’t even have a hotel reservation. He said he just wanted to stay in a mom-and-pop place and all he needed was a phone.” This was 1972, and Bryner was president of U.A.W. Local 1112 at the Lordstown, Ohio, General Motors plant, where a twenty-two-day strike had captured national attention.

“I’d been interviewed by every major magazine and newspaper. I was on ‘60 Minutes.’ But Studs was different”

Terkel followed Bryner, who’s now in his seventies, for two days. “He had a glint in his eye. He wanted to know how this worked, how that worked. He couldn’t stop.

Saks sought a wide variety of subjects—some of them she knew of personally, and others she found through research. Roque Sanchez, a twenty-one-year-old custodian featured in the new exhibit, said he had never heard of Terkel before Saks contacted him. A formerly undocumented immigrant from Mexico, Sanchez works at a downtown Chicago office building.

Woman building a broomstick

“It’s definitely not the worst job,” he said. “But I like working. It’s essential to make something with my life.” Ava St. Claire, who is in her late twenties, didn’t know Terkel’s work before, either. St. Claire works as an escort in Orlando. “I love my job. It’s the best I’ve ever had,” she said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Saks is a lifelong Chicagoan and the president and artistic director of Project&, a Chicago-based arts organization. “I really wanted to do something on economic inequality,” she explained, as she introduced a panel discussion earlier that night, in the library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. “It’s one of the greatest conflicts of our time.” Once she had decided to focus on the subject, she instinctively turned to Terkel. “My dad and Studs were friends,” she told me.

“As a kid, I’d sit in the back seat as they drove around the city. My dad smoking his pipe and Studs his cigar. They were like a pair from Jewish central casting”

Saks’s intention with “Working in America” is not to mimic Terkel’s masterpiece, she said, but to continue the conversations he started. “Everyone has a relationship with work,” she added. “Even those who don’t have a job.”

The exhibit, which will run until January 31st, is free and open to the public, and it includes two additional components: a weeklong radio series that kicks off on September 25th, on NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and a Web site where people can upload photos and share their own stories.

Chef preparing a dish
Chef preparing a dish

Saks hopes that by the end of January she’ll have raised enough money from private foundations and individual donors to take “Working in America” to libraries throughout the country. Bryner, meanwhile, told me that he was pleased by how things had turned out, and encouraged by the attention. “I thought it was interesting people still cared,” he said.

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Making it Right: Building Peace, Settling Conflict

Last Wednesday, several hundred people gathered on the third floor of Chicago’s Harold Washington Public Library for the opening of “Working in America,” a multimedia exhibition exploring how Americans find meaning in work and define themselves through their jobs. Twenty-four men and women were profiled for the exhibit, including a waitress, a police officer, a custodian, an escort, and a farmer.

“This is a tribute to the legacy of Studs”

A master of oral history, Terkel published a number of as-told-to books, including, in 1974, “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do,” the book that inspired the new exhibit. “Working” featured interviews with more than a hundred workers from all walks of life. The book, Terkel writes in the introduction, is about the search “for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life, rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”

Welder binding metal

It became a best-seller—and, a few years later, a musical—thanks, in large part, to the intimacy and depth Terkel elicited from people who are not usually the subject of books.

One of those people, Gary Bryner, is in the new exhibit, too. “I picked Studs up at the Youngstown airport,” Bryner told me, recounting the time Terkel spent with him for the book. “He didn’t even have a hotel reservation. He said he just wanted to stay in a mom-and-pop place and all he needed was a phone.” This was 1972, and Bryner was president of U.A.W. Local 1112 at the Lordstown, Ohio, General Motors plant, where a twenty-two-day strike had captured national attention.

“I’d been interviewed by every major magazine and newspaper. I was on ‘60 Minutes.’ But Studs was different”

Terkel followed Bryner, who’s now in his seventies, for two days. “He had a glint in his eye. He wanted to know how this worked, how that worked. He couldn’t stop.

Saks sought a wide variety of subjects—some of them she knew of personally, and others she found through research. Roque Sanchez, a twenty-one-year-old custodian featured in the new exhibit, said he had never heard of Terkel before Saks contacted him. A formerly undocumented immigrant from Mexico, Sanchez works at a downtown Chicago office building.

Woman building a broomstick

“It’s definitely not the worst job,” he said. “But I like working. It’s essential to make something with my life.” Ava St. Claire, who is in her late twenties, didn’t know Terkel’s work before, either. St. Claire works as an escort in Orlando. “I love my job. It’s the best I’ve ever had,” she said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Saks is a lifelong Chicagoan and the president and artistic director of Project&, a Chicago-based arts organization. “I really wanted to do something on economic inequality,” she explained, as she introduced a panel discussion earlier that night, in the library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. “It’s one of the greatest conflicts of our time.” Once she had decided to focus on the subject, she instinctively turned to Terkel. “My dad and Studs were friends,” she told me.

“As a kid, I’d sit in the back seat as they drove around the city. My dad smoking his pipe and Studs his cigar. They were like a pair from Jewish central casting”

Saks’s intention with “Working in America” is not to mimic Terkel’s masterpiece, she said, but to continue the conversations he started. “Everyone has a relationship with work,” she added. “Even those who don’t have a job.”

The exhibit, which will run until January 31st, is free and open to the public, and it includes two additional components: a weeklong radio series that kicks off on September 25th, on NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and a Web site where people can upload photos and share their own stories.

Chef preparing a dish
Chef preparing a dish

Saks hopes that by the end of January she’ll have raised enough money from private foundations and individual donors to take “Working in America” to libraries throughout the country. Bryner, meanwhile, told me that he was pleased by how things had turned out, and encouraged by the attention. “I thought it was interesting people still cared,” he said.

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Last Wednesday, several hundred people gathered on the third floor of Chicago’s Harold Washington Public Library for the opening of “Working in America,” a multimedia exhibition exploring how Americans find meaning in work and define themselves through their jobs. Twenty-four men and women were profiled for the exhibit, including a waitress, a police officer, a custodian, an escort, and a farmer.

“This is a tribute to the legacy of Studs”

A master of oral history, Terkel published a number of as-told-to books, including, in 1974, “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do,” the book that inspired the new exhibit. “Working” featured interviews with more than a hundred workers from all walks of life. The book, Terkel writes in the introduction, is about the search “for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life, rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”

Welder binding metal

It became a best-seller—and, a few years later, a musical—thanks, in large part, to the intimacy and depth Terkel elicited from people who are not usually the subject of books.

One of those people, Gary Bryner, is in the new exhibit, too. “I picked Studs up at the Youngstown airport,” Bryner told me, recounting the time Terkel spent with him for the book. “He didn’t even have a hotel reservation. He said he just wanted to stay in a mom-and-pop place and all he needed was a phone.” This was 1972, and Bryner was president of U.A.W. Local 1112 at the Lordstown, Ohio, General Motors plant, where a twenty-two-day strike had captured national attention.

“I’d been interviewed by every major magazine and newspaper. I was on ‘60 Minutes.’ But Studs was different”

Terkel followed Bryner, who’s now in his seventies, for two days. “He had a glint in his eye. He wanted to know how this worked, how that worked. He couldn’t stop.

Saks sought a wide variety of subjects—some of them she knew of personally, and others she found through research. Roque Sanchez, a twenty-one-year-old custodian featured in the new exhibit, said he had never heard of Terkel before Saks contacted him. A formerly undocumented immigrant from Mexico, Sanchez works at a downtown Chicago office building.

Woman building a broomstick

“It’s definitely not the worst job,” he said. “But I like working. It’s essential to make something with my life.” Ava St. Claire, who is in her late twenties, didn’t know Terkel’s work before, either. St. Claire works as an escort in Orlando. “I love my job. It’s the best I’ve ever had,” she said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Saks is a lifelong Chicagoan and the president and artistic director of Project&, a Chicago-based arts organization. “I really wanted to do something on economic inequality,” she explained, as she introduced a panel discussion earlier that night, in the library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. “It’s one of the greatest conflicts of our time.” Once she had decided to focus on the subject, she instinctively turned to Terkel. “My dad and Studs were friends,” she told me.

“As a kid, I’d sit in the back seat as they drove around the city. My dad smoking his pipe and Studs his cigar. They were like a pair from Jewish central casting”

Saks’s intention with “Working in America” is not to mimic Terkel’s masterpiece, she said, but to continue the conversations he started. “Everyone has a relationship with work,” she added. “Even those who don’t have a job.”

The exhibit, which will run until January 31st, is free and open to the public, and it includes two additional components: a weeklong radio series that kicks off on September 25th, on NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and a Web site where people can upload photos and share their own stories.

Chef preparing a dish
Chef preparing a dish

Saks hopes that by the end of January she’ll have raised enough money from private foundations and individual donors to take “Working in America” to libraries throughout the country. Bryner, meanwhile, told me that he was pleased by how things had turned out, and encouraged by the attention. “I thought it was interesting people still cared,” he said.