NextFest 2019 - Thursday

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NextFest is a series of public events hosted by La Trobe University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences that engages with the key challenges and possibilities of our immediate future. In a variety of formats ranging from debates, panel discussions, a film screening, a spoken word slam, and a live pop-up Encyclopedia of the Future, NextFest harnesses the creativity and intellectual energy of leading thinkers at La Trobe and beyond to help make sense of what lies ahead and how and where we might make a difference in shaping our own futures.

Date:
Thursday 24 October 2019 (Add to calendar)
Contact:
ASSC Research Team
ASSC.Research@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Type of Event:
Community Event; Public

NextFest Launch

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Venue: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria
Cost: $15 Adult, $10 La Trobe Staff and Alumni, $5 Students

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Speaker: Benjamin Law
Facilitator: Clare Wright

Humanity is at a critical juncture. Social and political norms are rapidly eroding, with trust in institutions at record lows; automation and technological change are disrupting entire industries and the way that we work; and shifting attitudes toward gender and race are unsettling many while also offering radical hope for genuine social transformation. We are in the thick of a worsening climate emergency, a period of mass extinction, and grappling with the potential fall-out of growing great power rivalries. Old certainties are unravelling and the future seems increasingly unpredictable.

Benjamin Law will delve into these issues in a discussion facilitated by La Trobe University’s Associate Professor Clare Wright.


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