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Allison Pugh in conversation about her new book The Last Human Job

June 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Drawing on in-depth interviews and observations with people in a broad range of professions—from physicians, teachers, and coaches to chaplains, therapists, caregivers, and hairdressers—Allison Pugh develops the concept of “connective labor,” a kind of work that relies on empathy, the spontaneity of human contact, and a mutual recognition of each other’s humanity. The threats to connective labor are not only those posed by advances in AI or apps; Pugh demonstrates how profit-driven campaigns imposing industrial logic shrink the time for workers to connect, enforce new priorities of data and metrics, and introduce standardized practices that hinder our ability to truly see each other. She concludes with profiles of organizations where connective labor thrives, offering practical steps for building a social architecture that works.

Vividly illustrating how connective labor enriches the lives of individuals and binds our communities together, The Last Human Job is a compelling argument for us to recognize, value, and protect humane work in an increasingly automated and disconnected world.


Allison Pugh will be in conversation with Deborah Copaken.


Deborah Copaken is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including Shutterbabe, The Red Book, Between Here and April, and Ladyparts– her most recent memoir of bodily destruction and resurrection during marital rupture (Random House, 2021). A contributing writer at The Atlantic, she was also a writer on the Emmy/Golden-Globe nominated Netflix hit, Emily in Paris a performer (The Moth, etc.), and an Emmy Award–winning news producer and photojournalist. Her photographs have appeared in TimeNewsweek, and The New York Times. Her writing has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York TimesThe GuardianThe Financial TimesObserverThe Wall Street JournalThe NationSlateO, the Oprah MagazineDaily Beast, Air Mail, and Paris Match, among others.


June 4
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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