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Massy Reads: On Ethics, Rights and Democracy

September 22, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm UTC+0

A Public Humanities Hub Conversation with UBC Authors Joel Bakan (Law) and Kimberley Brownlee (Philosophy)
At this first event of a new reading series from Massy Arts Society and UBC Public Humanities Hub, Dr. Heidi Tworek will moderate a discussion between UBC Law professor Joel Bakan and UBC Philosophy professor Dr. Kimberley Brownlee in celebration of their new books. This is a free, online, Zoom event. Register through the following link to receive the Zoom registration information.
Joel Bakan reads from How “Good” Corporations Are Bad for Democracy which follows his previous, critically acclaimed book which inspired the award winning documentary The Corporation. Bakan’s newest title is a deeply informed and unflinching look at the way corporations have slyly rebranded themselves as socially conscious entities ready to tackle society’s problems, while CEO compensation soars, income inequality is at all-time highs, and democracy sits in aprecarious situation. Purchase a copy of How “Good” Corporations Are Bad for Democracy from Massy Books before the event, and receive a signed copy! https://bit.ly/3lkgXnx
Dr. Kimberley Brownlee’s Being Sure of Each Other: An Essay on Social Rights and Freedoms is a landmark work in the understanding of human rights, putting a new kind of human right on the agenda where it belongs. Brownlees champions our fundamental – but largely neglected – human right against social deprivation. Being Sure of Each Other is a cutting-edge exploration of core social needs and ethical dilemmas. It considers what it means to belong, arguing that loneliness is a moral injustice.
Joel Bakan             Kimberley Brownlee 
A Note on Recording:
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About the Speakers:
Joel Bakan writes and researches in the areas of Constitutional Law, socio-legal studies, legal theory and economic law. He has law degrees from Oxford, Dalhousie, and Harvard. He studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and served as Law Clerk in 1985 for Chief Justice Brian Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada He joined the UBC Law Faculty in 1990 as Associate Professor after a year’s visit from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he had been Assistant Professor since 1987. Professor Bakan teaches Constitutional Law, Contracts, socio-legal courses and the graduate seminar.
Dr. Kimberley Brownlee’s current work focuses on loneliness, belonging, social human rights, and freedom of association. Her past work focused on civil disobedience, punishment, and restorative justice. Prior to her appointment at UBC, she was a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. She has held numerous visiting positions including a Visiting Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford (2019-20); a Visiting Fellowship at the Australian National University (2019), a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at Vanderbilt University (2008); an HLA Hart Visiting Research Fellowship at University College, Oxford (2009); a CEPPA Visiting Research Fellowship at St Andrews University (2009); and a Warwick-Monash Visiting Fellowship at Monash University (2015).
About the Moderator:
Dr. Heidi Tworek is Associate Professor of International History and Public Policy at UBC Vancouver. She is the author of the multi-award-winning News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945 (Harvard University Press, 2019). She has co-edited two books and written many articles on the history and public policy around communications and media. She is a non-resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
A book launch series co-hosted by UBC Public Humanities and Massy Arts Society.
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