past event

Socrates Japan, Nara 2024

Held in partnership with the Aspen Institute Japan, the Socrates Nara Seminar will take place from May 31-June 2, 2024. Socrates international seminars include three seminar sessions, program meals, and local excursions/tours. Seminar tuition is $3,000, which includes lodging, materials, meals, and an excursion in Nara. Tuition does not include travel. Please contact if you are interested in participating.

Humanity, Technology, and the Future of Work

Over three sessions, we consider the changing face of today’s workplace. Industrial dislocation, technological progress, and social norms all factor into the success of some sectors and the disintegration of others, accompanied by a widening gap in income and opportunity between those with the requisite skills and those without. As we confront these changes and their cultural, economic, and political implications, how should we think about our humanity and the society that expresses and shapes it? What practical steps can we take to make the most of our current situation, for everyone’s benefit?

Leigh HafreyModerator: Leigh Hafrey is Senior Lecturer in Behavioral and Policy Sciences at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


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Event information
Fri May 31, 2024 - Sun Jun 2, 2024
Nara, Japan