This event is a panel discussion between a number of leading scholars on the nature of work as part of Red May, a month-long festival of radical art and thought. Their motto is: Take a vacation from capitalism.

Many of us find ourselves frustrated with our 40-hour work weeks, wondering about the purpose and practicality of our jobs, and even whether or not work is necessary. We find ourselves questioning our capitalist society’s conception of work—that it’s normal and necessary to commit massive amounts of personal time and emotional energy to our jobs.

To conduct an inquiry into the activity we least like doing, Kathi Weeks, Michael Hardt, Peter Frase, and Charles Mudede come together for a Red May panel discussion on the value of work in our society. They conceptualize modern civilization without a population committed to lives in the workforce, and weigh benefits and hurdles of alternative models for our society. Sit in for a conversation on the possibility of conceiving, creating, and sustaining a world without work.

Kathi Weeks is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Duke University. Her primary interests are in the fields of political theory, feminist theory, Marxist thought, and utopian studies. She is the author of The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries; Constituting Feminist Subjects; and a co-editor of The Jameson Reader.

Peter Frase is a writer and organizer in New York, studying topics including technology, labor, and eco-socialism. He has written for Jacobin, Commune, In These Times, and other publications. He is the author of Four Futures.

Michael Hardt teaches at Duke University. With Antonio Negri he is author of the Empire trilogy—Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth—as well as Declaration. Hardt and Negri’s new book, Assembly, was published in September 2017.

Charles Mudede was born near a steel plant in Kwe Kwe, Zimbabwe. Mudede is a filmmaker whose films have appeared at Sundance and Cannes, and he has written for the New York Times, The Stranger, Cinema Scope, Ars Electronica, and others.

Thanks to Red May and Town Hall Seattle, recorded 5/23/19

Program Details
Topics Working, History, Inequality
Episode S8E32
Broadcast Week Aug 12th 2019
Duration 00:58:00
Audience Rating TV-G
Genre Action
Theme Academic & Education
Language English
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