So, what? Lecture Series

Public lectures in contemporary humanities and social sciences

So, what? is our flagship public lecture series in UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

This progressive public lecture series showcases the work of leading UNSW researchers and research collaborators. The series aims to challenge and inform public debate and understanding by pushing the boundaries of academic discourse in areas of contemporary humanities and social sciences

Recent Lecture

Professor Stephen J. A. Ward

Radical Media Ethics: Can journalism go global? Should it?

Tuesday 26 July 2016

Where: Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building

Stephen JA Ward

Abstract: Global media ethics aim to develop universal values and responsibilities for news media in an increasingly global landscape. Yet journalism culture, practice, and ethics are parochial. The ‘near and dear’, especially one’s nation, is prior to global aims. So, to what extent is a global media ethic possible? Is it a philosopher’s dream? Do journalists, and the public, really want a media with global values

Biography: Stephen J. A. Ward is an internationally recognized media ethicist, journalist, educator, consultant, keynote speaker and award-winning author. He is Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics at the University of British Columbia and, until recently, acting co-chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee of the Canadian Association of Journalists. Ward was a war correspondent, foreign reporter and newsroom manager for 14 years and has received a lifetime award for service to professional journalism in Canada. His current research is on the future of media ethics in a global interactive world.

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Previous lectures

You can see a list of our previous lectures here or view information for all upcoming events on the UNSW Arts & Sciences events calendar

Past speakers include:

  • Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Future Fellow and Distinguished Professor at the iCinema Research Centre, UNSW Australia.
  • Manfred Frank, Emeritus Professor of philosophy at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences.
  • Philip Pettit, L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton, and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the ANU.
  • Steven Connor, Grace 2 Professor of English in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Peterhouse.
  • Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi and renowned peace activist and author.
  • David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Harvard University.
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