The Future of Capitalism and the Future of Work (5/4)

Friday, May 4th
9:30am – 6:30pm
The Murphy Institute
25 W. 43rd St., New York, NY

Please join us for a one-day conference on:


Co-sponsored by:

The Joseph S. Murphy Institute’s Labor Studies Program, City University of New York & 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 am Welcome and Introduction

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

10 am – 12 noon  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 Newspaper Guild

12 noon -1 pm  LUNCH (provided)

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

  • Moderator: Ruth Milkman, Murphy Institute and CUNY Graduate Center
  • Keynote Speaker:    Shoshana Zuboff, Harvard Business School
  • Respondents:    Cathy O’Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction
  • Carrie Gleason, Center for Popular Democracy

3 pm – 3:15 pm  BREAK

3:15 pm – 5:15 pm     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

5:15 pm to 6 pm  CLOSING RECEPTION

A conversation about workers, communities and social justice

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