What is Good Work? Literary, Philosophical and Historical Musings
Is work an art, a chore, or a joy? We speak about rewards of work beyond material gain, such as solidarity, expression, and fulfillment. Yet we also complain constantly about our jobs. How is it that a quotidian activity can be both the worst and best of life? The topic of work has fascinated some of the greatest thinkers, writers, and artists throughout history. We will look at some examples, taken from literature, theology, philosophy and art, in our discussion of ‘What is good work.’ We will also take time to think and talk about what we believe work should be in our own lives and going forward.
Alison Staudinger credits her interest in the relationship between labor and equality to a challenging job she had at fish cannery in Alaska. Now a political theorist and professor at UW-Green Bay, she teaches courses in Democracy and Justice Studies. She studied philosophy and law at the University of Maryland-College Park while earning a PhD in Government & Politics. Staudinger teaches a Senior Seminar on “The Politics of Work and Love” that explores literary, philosophical and policy approaches to family and waged labor, as well as a First Year Seminar on audio-storytelling and work in northeastern Wisconsin. Click to see more