Wednesday 25 May 2016
17:00-18:00 | Roberts 106 Lecture Theatre
Why have sexuality and gender identity become so vexed an issue between and within nations? How best to advocate for change? This panel session will reflect on more than four decades of LGBT activism and writing about queer history, life and politics.
Dennis Altman, a Professorial Fellow in Human Security at LaTrobe University, is the author of thirteen books. The Bulletin listed him as one of the 100 most influential Australians ever, and he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008.
Henrietta L. Moore is Director of UCL’s Institute for Global Prosperity, where she also holds the Chair in Culture, Philosophy and Design. A distinguished anthropologist and cultural theorist, her recent work focuses on the notion of global sustainable futures.
Jeffrey Weeks is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at London South Bank University and an alumnus of UCL. In 2012 he was awarded an OBE for services to social science.
The independent review on The Economics of Biodiversity led by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta has now been delivered to the government. The report underlines our failure to grasp that our economies are “embedded within Nature, and not external to it.” We rely on nature to “provide us with food, water and shelter; regulate our climate and disease; maintain nutrient cycles and oxygen production; and provide us with spiritual fulfilment and opportunities for recreation and recuperation which can enhance our health and well-being.”Read More
On 4 August 2020, a massive explosion at Beirut’s port killed at least 200 people and caused up to $15bn in damage to buildings and infrastructure – including the destruction of the public electricity company building. It was the latest blow for a country battling a 30-year energy crisis and facing chronic shortages as a result of an ageing infrastructure based around fossil fuels.Read More
In 1945, the UK’s welfare state was set up to address the want, need and misery caused by unemployment. Seventy-five years later, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, we had almost full employment in the UK – and yet we still have massive levels of poverty and precarity experienced by people in work.Read More