Event: The Future of Capitalism and the Future of Work (Watch Livestream)

Can’t make it in person? Watch the livestream here:

Friday, May 4th, 2018, 9:30am-6:30pm
The Murphy Institute
25 W 43rd Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY, 10036 


Co-sponsored by The Murphy Institute’s Labor Studies Program, CUNY and The NYC Chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network

In recent years, structural changes in the labor market, skyrocketing inequality, and rapid technological innovation have sparked renewed debate and speculation about the future of capitalism and the future of work itself. This conference features leading scholars, journalists and activists’ perspectives on these issues.

The day is structured to engage three key debates:

  • The impact of technological innovation, especially robots and artificial intelligence, on workers and on the labor market
  • The vast increase in capacity for surveillance and data collection by high-tech firms and its implications for daily life as well as for the workplace
  • The impact of the ecological crisis and the political failure to address it for the future of capitalism and the future of work.

The conference has three panels, each devoted to one of these debates. Each panel includes one keynote presentation from an expert on the topic, comments from two respondents, followed by discussion with the audience.

The conference is free and open to the public. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided, and there will be a reception at the close of the proceedings.

Conference Schedule:

9:30 – 10:00am Welcome and Introduction

  • Stephanie Luce, Murphy Institute
  • Josh Freeman, Murphy Institute, CUNY Graduate Center and Queens College

10:00am – 12:00pm Panel 1: “The Robots are Coming”

  • Moderator: Kafui Attoh, Murphy Institute
  • Keynote Speaker: Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute
  • Respondents: Peter Frase, Jacobin
  • Nastaran Mohit, The NewsGuild

12:00-1:00pm LUNCH (provided)

1:00 – 3:00pm Panel 2: “Surveillance Capitalism”

  • Moderator: Ruth Milkman, Murphy Institute and CUNY Graduate Center
  • Keynote Speaker: Shoshana Zuboff, Harvard Business School
  • Respondents: Christian Parenti, John Jay College, CUNY
  • Carrie Gleason, Center for Popular Democracy

3:00 – 3:15pm BREAK

3:15 -5:15pm Panel 3: “Disaster Capitalism” and Ecological Crisis

  • Moderator: Sean Sweeney, Murphy Institute
  • Keynote Speaker: Miriam Greenberg, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Respondents: Jacob Remes, New York University
  • Maritza Silva-Farrell, ALIGN NY

5:15 – 6:00pm Closing Reception