2014 Webcasts

The Workplace and Conflict Resolution: Past, Present and Future

Webcast Date: December 10, 2014

The ILR Online webcast series 2014-15 line-up features programs with a "past, present and future" theme, to align with Cornell University's 150th anniversary and the ILR School's 70th anniversary in 2015.

The December program focuses on conflict resolution, one of the central historical focuses of the ILR School and a major area of its current activities. Experts in the field discuss how conflict resolution has evolved, both within the traditional realm of labor-management relations and in the expanding areas of individual employment rights and organizational conflict management. The program also examines the evolution of the neutral profession and the training and development of the next generation of mediators, arbitrators and other neutrals. Looking forward, there will be discussion of new types of conflict going beyond the workplace, such as environmental and complex multi-party disputes, that show the continued need for effective conflict resolution.


  • Alexander Colvin, Martin F. Scheinman Professor of Conflict Resolution at the ILR School and associate member of the Cornell Law Faculty


  • John Bickerman, Esq., Bickerman Dispute Resolution, PLLC
  • Richard Fincher, Esq., Arbitrator and Mediator
  • Sally Klingel, Director of Labor Management Relations, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution
  • David Lipsky, Anne Evans Estabrook Professor of Dispute Resolution and Director of the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution
  • Wokie Nwabueze, University Ombuds Officer, Princeton University
  • Martin F. Scheinman, Esq., Arbitrator and Mediator
  • Rocco Scanza, Esq., Executive Director, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution

The Workplace and People with Disabilities: Past, Present and Future

Webcast Date: October 29, 2014

The October program focuses on employment and disability to coincide with National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Academic, policy and advocacy experts share historical perspectives, discuss current initiatives and the state of employment for people with disabilities today, and examine issues that need to be addressed to support full workplace inclusion of people with disabilities in the future.


  • Susanne Bruy√®re, ILR School Associate Dean of Outreach, Director of the Employment and Disability Institute, and Professor of Disability Studies
  • Lisa Nishii, Associate Professor of Human Resource Studies and Chair of ILR International Programs

Thomas Piketty's: "Capital in the Twenty-First Century"

Webcast Date: May 13, 2014

Few books in recent years have stirred as much controversy and excitement as the release of Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty-First Century." Reviews have described the book as a "political and theoretical bulldozer." Fundamentally rethinking the foundations of macroeconomics, Piketty explains the deep connection between income inequality and capital returns. His theories challenge existing economic thought in ways that have captured the attention of those interested in public policy, economic theory, and the history of capitalism.


  • Jefferson Cowie, ILR Dean's Professor Chair and Chair, Department of Labor Relations, Law, and History


  • Ed Baptist, Associate Professor of History
  • Robert Frank, Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management
  • Aziz Rana, Associate Professor of Law

"5 Years After Ledbetter: ILR Perspectives"

Webcast Date:  January 29, 2014

Five years ago on January 29th, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act was signed in to law by President Barack Obama. Since that time, how much progress have we made on reducing the gender pay gap? Are pay differentials the result of discrimination, or could there be non-discriminatory forces at work? How transparent do organizations have to be about pay practices? This webcast brings you expertise from across the ILR school to explore what employers and workers need to know about equitable pay, and sheds light on the challenges and opportunities for making further progress.


  • Beth Livingston, Assistant Professor of Human Resource Studies
  • Stephanie Thomas, Research Associate, Institute for Compensation Studies


  • Linda Barrington, Executive Director, Institute for Compensation Studies
  • Francine D. Blau, Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Professor of Economics
  • Esta Bigler, Esq., Director, Labor and Employment Law Programs
  • Ileen A. DeVault, Professor of Labor Relations, Law, and History, and Co-Chair, Equity at Work Initiative of The Worker Institute
  • Kevin F. Hallock, Donald C. Opatrny '74 Chair of the Department of Economics, Joseph R. Rich '80 Professor of Economics and of HR Studies, and Director, Institute for Compensation Studies