Global Studies Colloquium: "Covid 19, AI and the Future of Work"

Wednesday, April 21 at 12:30pm

The Department of Global Studies' Colloquium Series is a lecture series, which has been made possible by the generosity of the Orfalea Endowment for the Master's Program in Global Studies.  The Colloquium Series strives to open and explore a wide range of interdisciplinary debates and their interaction and engagement with the global, hosting new guest speakers each quarter from UCSB and beyond.  The upcoming event will be hosted via Zoom on Wednesday, April 21st at 12:30pm. Zoom link is (Meeting ID: 842 4656 4996). Please see below for the featured talk:


Anthony Giddens, Covid 19, AI and the Future of Work

                Discussant: Harvey Molotch, NYU

Try clicking on ‘the future of work after the Covid 19 pandemic’ on one of the major search engines. I just did so (March 16, 2021) and came up with 791,000,000 results. It will be even more by the time you read this synopsis. Give it a go and see. This is a debate going on around the world - and rightly so. The pandemic has produced huge dislocations in societies rich and poor. We are to a large degree in unknown territory in areas of life that stretch right through from the intimacies of personal life to global geopolitics. Work and the economy lie at the heart of almost everything, however, and the questions that have to be asked and in this domain are profound. They go well beyond issues like ‘How far will people want to carry on working from home once the pandemic is over?’ Education, including higher education, are themselves on the front-line, since much has been transferred online in these domains too. To get answers, I shall argue, we have to begin by analysing the pandemic itself, which is in some core respects quite different from anything that went before.


Anthony Giddens is a Member of the House of Lords in the UK Parliament, former Director (President) of the London School of Economics and a Life Fellow of King’s College Cambridge, where he was a professor for many years. He is the author of over thirty books and co-founder of Polity Press, a leading publisher in the social sciences and humanities. His awards include the Prince of Asturias Prize, the European Book Prize and more recently the Arne Naess Prize for environmental studies. He has been a Visiting Professor at many US institutions, including UCLA and UCSB, and at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

For more information about the Colloquium Series, please contact Professor Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Global Studies Colloquium Director:

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Target Audience

Graduate Students, Faculty & Staff


Social Sciences


global studies, colloquium, current, Current-Feature


Global Studies
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