Debatt i Lund: Is the world becoming a better place?
Welcome to the jubilee special edition of Debatt i Lund on 6 March where these issues will be discussed. Debatt i Lund´s jubilee special will start at 19:00 with brief talks by three special guests:
The climate is getting increasingly warmer and politics more polarised. In the media, we read about war, terrorism and people drowning in the Mediterranean on their quest for a better life. Yet, meanwhile, large parts of the global population have risen out of poverty in recent decades. Average life expectancy is increasing, more children are in school and gender equality is progressing. How are we to assess the development? Has the world become a better or worse place to live in?
Philosopher Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago, is currently in the news with her new book Anger and Forgiveness, in which she analyses the driving forces and limitations of anger. There is a risk that the angry grass-roots that brought Trump to the US presidency will become disillusioned, according to Nussbaum, who warns us of what could follow. Wrath is not the path to constructive political solutions. And just as we are prepared to exercise our bodies in order to stay healthy, we also need to practise reining in our anger, she believes.
Which nations manage best? The ones that have long had stable political institutions which distribute power and safeguard the influence and legal rights of citizens, shows peace and conflict researcher James Robinson, University of Chicago. Countries in which certain groups get privileges at the expense of others have a worse development. Culture and geography can play a certain role, but it is politics which lays the basis for the stability and economic growth of nations.
Europe has the chance to take on a role as global leader by turning the threat of climate change into a journey of green development with increased well-being and new jobs, according to economic historian Carlota Perez, from the London School of Economics. Europe is already a test environment for green innovations which could reduce global poverty and potentially also migratory flows. A green and sustainable “European way of life” could become the global model for the information age.
After the presentations, the debate will start at 20:00:
Is the world becoming a better place?
Lund University’s own researchers will take part in the discussion: Human ecology expert Alf Hornborg and political scientist Jan Teorell. The debate will be moderated by journalist and author Andreas Ekström.
Join the science week kick-off on Sunday 5 March between 17:00-18:30 in the main University building. We will launch the week with music, discussions and present what the week has in store!
Learn more about the science week launch.
This event is part of the science week "Is the world becoming a better place", which takes place between 6–12 March.
See all events during this week (in Swedish).