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  1. Capitalism and Consumerism: The Work-Life Balance

    January 20, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    We’re all exhausted, and self-care has become a buzzword and another multi-billion dollar industry. What are the public policies that help reinforce our workaholic culture? That puts profits above people, families, and health? What social norms and beliefs do we have that help support this toxic mentality? How has this culture of workaholism shaped the health and well-being of our nation? And how do we compare to other countries, and what has the pandemic taught us? The focus of this discussion will be touching on various labor issues that affect our work-life “balance,” including the "Great Resignation," U.S. maternal leave policies, the movement to a 4-day work week, our tip-wage system, health issues in this country due to high stress and limited time off, and the recent rise in the movement for radical self-care.

    Join us to hear from activists and scholars studying the ways in which Americans are tethered to their job, and how it affects our quality of life. Join us to hear from activists and scholars studying the ways in which Americans are tethered to their job. Speakers include DeWayne Wells, Executive Director of the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan; Beatrice Klokpah, founder and provider at the Wellmind Culture Institute, among others.

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