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Brats, Bros, Boors & Tyrants: Asshole-Proof Governance from Firms through Industries to Polities


The Berger Current Events Colloquium

"Brats, Bros, Boors & Tyrants:
Asshole-Proof Governance from Firms through Industries to Polities"

The lead-up and sequel to the 2016 national elections have highlighted a dysfunction in American life that seems to have been steadily worsening in recent years - that of boorish and self-entitling behavior in both personal and institutional settings. Ten years ago, Robert Sutton's The No Asshole Rule drew attention to the problem and its costs in the workplace. Fifteen years earlier, Vivian Paley's You Can't Say You Can't Play cast light on a clique-generated version of the problem in America's schoolrooms - a version that seemed to have prompted many school shootings. Now, in the wake of a crisis brought on in part by the 'bro culture' of Wall Street, we are witnessing a yet larger and seemingly more ominous face of the problem in the highest reaches of government. This colloquium will examine 'the A**hole Problem' as manifest at multiple levels of organization - from firms and faculties through industries, broader economies, and polities. Particular attention will be paid means of immunizing organizations against a**holery upfront, buffering or quarantining the effects of a**hole toxicity midstream, and enabling all of us to manage and contain our own a**holish tendencies in multiple group settings. 

Speakers include Sherry Colb, Professor of Law and Charles Evans Hughes Scholar at Cornell Law School, as well as author of Mind if I Order the Cheeseburger? and other works; Robert Frank, Henrietta Johnson Lewis Professor at the Johnson College of Business and author of Luxury FeverPassions within Reason, and many other works; Aaron James, Professor of Philosophy at U.C. Irvine and author of Assholes: A Theory, among other works; Saule Omarova, Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and author of many works on the financial services industry and its regulation; and Aziz Rana, Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and author most recently of The Two Faces of American Freedom

This year's colloquium is organized and will be moderated by Robert Hockett, Edward Cornell Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and author most recently of the forthcoming A Republic of Owners


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

4:30 - 6:00 PM

Room 390, MacDonald Moot Court Room
Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, New York

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