The Future of Work:
Technological Innovation, Economic Disruption, and Human Dignity

March 7, 2017  |  7:30pm
US Bank Conference Theater, Ohio Union



Technology has long promised more leisure and less work.  With the rise of automation, a world in which work is obsolete is becoming ever more a reality.  What would such a world look like?  Might a life without work be as enticing as it seems?  Or, given that work often gives us purpose and meaning, will such an era come with dire consequences for our psyches?

Four experts on the subject will converge on March 7, 2017 at OSU to explore how multiple disciplines—including business, economics, political science, and theology—can work in concert to mitigate the economic and social disruption of technological innovations in the workplace, and attempt to discern how such innovations affect not only the national economy, but also the livelihoods and dignity of the American worker.

The Pundits  Dig Deeper

in other words

…the next wave of economic dislocations won’t come from overseas.  It will come from the relentless pace of automation that makes a lot of good, middle-class jobs obsolete.


dig deeper

In addition to the evening discussion, we’ve planned a number of other events throughout the day to give students, faculty, and local ministry leaders additional opportunities to talk with the speakers and dig further.

9:30am-11am  Morning Seminar
Thompson Library, Room 202

Aimed for graduate students, this seminar will allow students to chat with Michael Smith and Joe Kaboski about faithfulness in the academy in a more informal, intimate setting.  The reader for the seminar is here.  Breakfast will be provided!

12pm-2pm  Faculty/Ministry Luncheon
Veritas Community Church Offices (345 E 2nd Ave.)

Local Columbus pastors and faculty are invited for lunch and discussion with Joe Kaboski and Michael Smith about the implications of a workless world for the academy, pastoral care, and the theology of work.  Lunch will be provided.


US Bank Conference Theater
The Ohio Union
1739 N High St
Columbus, OH 43210


March 7, 2017 at 7:30pm