Reason and Engage (2020-2021): Why do we put up with poverty?
RedelijkEigenzinnig / Reason and Engage (VUB) is an interdisciplinary coursefor students and a series of lectures and activitiesopen to all. The sixth edition (2020-2021) explores issues related to poverty.
Looking at history, Western people today are less exposed to poverty than previous generations. But with that observation, all optimism ceases. Globally, the gap between rich and poor is constantly widening. Even in the Western world, we see a general expansion of social insecurity, including for working people. Reason enough to ask questions out loud and look for solutions: How big is the inequality between rich and poor? Does this inequality threaten democracy and peace? What interventions are needed to close the gap? How much wealth do we need to live well? And of all the questions this one stands out: can we eradicate poverty altogether?
The public program consists of a series of four video interviews. The full program will be launched on October 20.
October 20: screening and Q&A with director Ken Loach
economist Thomas Piketty in conversation with Béatrice Delvaux (Le Soir) and Jeroen Zuallaert (Knack)
philosopher and sociologist Edgar Morin in conversation with Béatrice Delvaux
interview withsociologist Julia O'Connell Davidson (University of Bristol) on modern forms of trafficking and slavery