Week Six :: July 28–August 4

The Changing Nature of Work

The state of work in America exists in contradictions. Wealth creation is up, but the per-capita GDP is stagnating. Working-class wages have been flat for decades, but the “gig economy” is booming. This week we study the nature of work in this country, examining the future of automation, the changing role of labor unions, the identity politics of the working classes, and the disappearing line in work-life balance. We look across generations and social classes, seeking to find who we are in a culture that ties identity to the jobs we hold, and reclaiming and honoring the dignity of work.

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10:45 a.m. Lectures

Morning Lectures

10:45 a.m., Monday-Friday, Amphitheater

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.


  • Monday, July 30, 2018 | 10:45am

    Arun Sundararajan

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    Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow, NYU’s Stern School of Business; Author, The Sharing Economy

    Arun Sundararajan is professor and the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where his research topics include the sharing economy and the future of work.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | 10:45am

    Cathrael Kazin

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    Managing partner, Volta Learning Group

    One of the nation’s foremost experts in competency-based learning and assessment, Cathrael Kazin serves as managing partner of Volta Learning Group, which designs new learning and credentialing strategies for evolving industries.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Wednesday, August 01, 2018 | 10:45am

    Avivah Wittenberg-Cox

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    Chief executive officer, 20-first

    Avivah Wittenberg-Cox is chief executive officer of 20-first, where she works with the CEOs, executive committees and top management teams of some of the world’s best known companies to identify the business opportunities of gender balance and how best to achieve it.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 | 10:45am

    Jeremy Bailenson

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    Founding director, Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab

    Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Thomas More Storke Professor in the Department of Communication, Professor (by courtesy) of Education, Professor (by courtesy) Program in Symbolic Systems...

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Friday, August 03, 2018 | 10:45am

    Arthur C. Brooks

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    President, American Enterprise Institute

    Arthur C. Brooks has been president of the American Enterprise Institute since Jan. 1, 2009. He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI.

    Location: Amphitheater