Human Capital in "Two Days, One Night"

Photo: Phil Dembinski ’08Photo: Phil Dembinski ’08
Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Associate Professor Rob Watkins to lecture on the socioeconomics of the 2014 film "Two Days, One Night."

As part of the “Critical Issues in Cultural Studies: The Forgotten Man in the Trump Era” series, Humanities, History and Social Sciences Associate Professor Rob Watkins will lecture on the 2014 drama Two Days, One Night.

In the film, young mother and factory worker Sandra is ousted from her job after her colleagues realize they can cover her shifts by working slightly longer hours and take a bonus to remove her from the company. Watkins argues that the film’s presentation of labor and capital, particularly the fluidity of their boundaries, effectively portrays the dynamics of human capital in today’s society and economy. In this era, individual workers must sell themselves, attracting “investors” in their labor and proving their worth through presentation and entrepreneurial prowess.

This is the final event in the “Critical Issues in Cultural Studies: The Forgotten Man in the Trump Era” series, which previously featured discussions on the resurgence of white nationalism and the alt-right’s toxic internet presence.

Human Capital in Two Days, One Night
Thursday, May 3
4-6 p.m.
Collins Hall
624 S. Michigan Ave.