Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Closing Talk & Reception

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Reception - 5:30 pm
Closing Talk - 6:15 pm
Halton Reading Room

Migrant and seasonal farmworkers remain important to the success of North Carolina agriculture. Over 100,000 farmworkers are employed in North Carolina each year, with more than 10,000 of them working on H-2A guest worker visas. In this presentation, Dr. Arcury considers the occupational justice experienced by contemporary North Carolina farmworkers. He provides an overview of North Carolina farmworker characteristics and the general dimensions of occupational justice that they experience. Drawing on his research, Arcury focuses on four domains of labor (pesticide exposure, green tobacco sickness, migrant housing, and hired youth workers) to discuss the relevant policy and farmworker experiences within each domain.

Thomas A. Arcury, Program Director of the Translational Science Institute, Director of the Center for Worker Health and Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Arcury is a medical anthropologist and public health scientist with a research program dedicated to improving health in rural and minority communities. Since 1996, a major component of his research has focused on occupational and environmental health and justice for the families of immigrant workers, with the support of grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and United States Environmental Protection Agency, as well as state agencies.

Dr. Arcury co-edited Latino Farmworkers in the Eastern United States: Health, Safety and Justice (Springer) and has published articles in the Journal of Applied Gerontology, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, Health Education & Behavior, Journal of Agromedicine, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health, and more

Campus and local community organizations will be featured at the event from 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm during the reception.

"Bittersweet Harvest" is organized by the National Museum of American History and organized for travel by SITES. Funding is made possible through the Smithsonian's Latino Center, which celebrates Latino culture, spirit and achievement in America by facilitating the development of exhibitions, research, collections and education programs. For more information, visit

Programming surrounding the exhibit at Atkins Library was created in collaboration between faculty and instructors in the UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and librarians at Atkins. Funding for the programs is supported by Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund. More information about the exhibit, including programming and lesson plans, is at