Critically acclaimed author and scholar Debora L. Spar will present Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny, an account of how technology inextricably shapes our intimate relationships, in a wide-ranging conversation with noted commentator, CEO of New America, and former director of policy planning in the US State Department Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter.
In Work Mate Marry Love, Harvard Business School professor and former Barnard College president Debora L. Spar offers an incisive and provocative account of how technology has transformed our intimate lives in the past, and how it will do so again in the future. Surveying the course of history, she shows how marriage as we understand it resulted from the rise of agriculture, and that the nuclear family emerged with the industrial revolution. In their day, the street light, the car, and later the pill all upended courtship and sex. Now, as we enter an era of artificial intelligence and robots, how will our deepest feelings and attachments evolve?
Debora L. Spar is the MBA Class of 1952 Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and Senior Associate Dean of HBS Online. Spar served as the President of Barnard College, and as President and CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. During her tenure at Barnard, Spar led initiatives to highlight women’s leadership and advancement, including the creation of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies and the development of Barnard’s Global Symposium series. A prolific writer, Spar’s books include Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet, The Baby Business, and Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection.
Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter is the CEO of New America and a contributing editor to the Financial Times. From 2009–2011, she served as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs and a professor at Harvard Law School. Dr. Slaughter has written or edited eight books including The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World and Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family. In 2012 she published the article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spawn a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality.
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