Little Resurrections: Laboring to Find Wonder in Our Work | An Obermann Conversation

Join a minister, a dancer, and a religious anthropologist for a conversation about social justice, the body's awe-inspiring movement, and the tension between the mundane and profound qualities of 21st-century labor.

The past few months have shone an intense light on the demands of different forms of work. Americans are picking lettuce in the midst of nearby forest fires, chasing kindergartners while on Zoom work calls, and caring for COVID patients. Workers deemed "essential" are treated as though they are "dispensable" as the pandemic intensifies long simmering tensions. What kinds of labor do we value? Who gets to stay at home and who must go to work? What are the costs of imagining labor as primarily mental or physical rather than embodied? And can we ever find wonder in our work?

Moving from their own experiences of awe and wonder, David Borger-Germann, Christopher-Rasheem McMillan, and Kristy Nabhan-Warren will reflect on how we might rekindle a relationship with wonder in our daily work, and how doing so could help us to maintain hope and empathy, as well as the energy needed to meet our world's challenges.

This program is cosponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

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