“'So the hours are pretty good then?' he resumed. The Vogon stared down at him as sluggish thoughts moiled around in the murky depths. 'Yeah,' he said, 'but now you come to mention it, most of the actual minutes are pretty lousy.'”

-Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 6: The Changing Nature of Work July 28th - August 4th

The state of work in America exists in contradictions. Wealth creation is up, but the per-capita GDP is stagnating. Working-class wages have been flat for decades, but the “gig economy” is booming. This week we study the nature of work in this country, examining the future of automation, the changing role of labor unions, the identity politics of the working classes, and the disappearing line in work-life balance. We look across generations and social classes, seeking to find who we are in a culture that ties identity to the jobs we hold, and reclaiming and honoring the dignity of work.

Check out the titles below as well as our collection of Week 6 Speaker Books.

Bullshit Jobs: A Theory Cover Image
Fifty Million Rising: The New Generation of Working Women Transforming the Muslim World Cover Image
Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about Cover Image
Work: The Last 1,000 Years Cover Image
The Working Poor: Invisible in America Cover Image
Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials Cover Image
White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America Cover Image
Dress Like a Woman: Working Women and What They Wore Cover Image

"'This is the thing about history,' she said. 'People lie about the parts they missed.'"

-Maria Dahvana Headley, The Mere Wife

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 8: The Forgotten: History and Memory in the 21st Century August 11th-18th

It is said that those who do not remember their history are doomed to repeat it. So we look to that history, and to the communities, movements and ideas existing at the fringes in our world today. What do we forget, at our own peril? How can we be stewards of remembering, and what must we remember? We are responsible for the histories of our societies, our families, and of our own individual selves. How can we preserve, honor, and ultimately learn from what was and what is? This meeting of the past and present hinges upon what — and who — we must remember.

Check out the titles below as well as our collection of Week 8 Speaker Books.

A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History Cover Image
Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning Cover Image
Barracoon: The Story of the Last
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America Cover Image
The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir Cover Image
At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America Cover Image
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Cover Image
The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women's Movement Cover Image
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays Cover Image
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (ReVisioning American History #3) Cover Image
Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War Cover Image
Ctrl + Z: The Right to Be Forgotten Cover Image

"It is a happy talent to know how to play. Some men must always work if they would be respectable; for the moment they trifle, they are silly. Others show most talent when they trifle."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 3: The Art of Play July 8th - 14th

Play is critically important in the social and emotional development of a child, but research also tells us that play shouldn’t end when we grow up. This week, we take a multigenerational approach to play, to the act of instructive fun. How does play help people of all ages build community, keep our minds sharp and strengthen the relationships with those we love? From the free-spirited, free-form play of youth to the intellectual challenge of puzzles and games to the creative problem-solving exhibited in board rooms, we examine the science behind the importance of play, the changing culture of play and gaming, and the innovative work aimed at improving our personal and professional lives through play.

Check out the titles below as well as our collection of Week 3 Speaker Books.


Children at Play: An American History Cover Image
Outside the Lines, Too: An Inspired and Inventive Coloring Book by Creative Masterminds Cover Image
Living Out Loud: Activities to Fuel a Creative Life Cover Image
Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World Cover Image
The Encyclopedia of Immaturity: How to Never Grow Up: The Complete Guide Cover Image
101 Things for Kids to Do Outside Cover Image
The Snowy Day: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image