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Ethical Futures for a New World?

Free Online Event | Tuesday 17 November 2020, 17:30-18:30 GMT

We have all experienced huge changes in the way we live during the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown; our everyday lives have been turned upside down. But to what extent will life just go back to normal when this is all over? What potential is there to build a better world post Covid, attempt to rectify inequalities and live a more ethical life?

In this short film, our international panel of speakers give their thoughts on ethical futures, addressing issues of reducing inequalities, the place of the university and the humanities in a post-Covid world, Black humanism, antiracism, and what our ‘new world’ could, and should, look like in the light of the Black Lives Matter movement. This first screening will take place as part of this year’s Being Human Festival and run alongside a live discussion and Q&A with the panellists. The film will be freely available to watch for the duration of the festival.



  • Anthony B. Pinn
    Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, Rice University, USA
    Editor of Humanism and the Challenge of Difference

  • Francesca Sobande
    Lecturer in Digital Media Studies, Cardiff University, UK
    Author of The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain

  • Bruce Mutsvairo
    Professor of Journalism, Auburn University, USA
    Co-Editor of Data Journalism in the Global South

  • Zoe Hope Bulaitis
    Teaching Fellow, University of Birmingham, UK
    Author of Value and the Humanities

Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities

Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. Taking place annually at venues across the UK, it highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.