Theme: Economy and Equality
From social mobility to the welfare state, corporate social responsibility to the future of banking, the Festival introduces an impressive range of speakers and events examining the economy and equality.
The Future of Banking
Join our expert speakers as they explore the culture of investment banks. Has there been enough reform to avoid another global financial crash?
The Politics of Hope
Guardian columnist Owen Jones will deliver a keynote address, before joining a panel discussion exploring the changing political economic landscape.
"Time Makes Ancient Good Uncouth" (Joseph Rowntree)
We live in a time when questions have re-emerged about philanthropy and corporate social responsibility, as well as a debate about how we can achieve a fair, equal and compassionate society. What can we learn from the life and work of the Rowntree family? How are their ideals still relevant to us today? This mixed media immersive exhibition looks at the ways in which generations of Rowntrees have helped shape our views.
The Future of the Welfare State
Join the York Union for a debate on the future of the Welfare State. Together, state-funded social security, education and healthcare provide the foundations for the welfare state. But the question is: how long does it have left in its current condition, and what is it likely to look like in the future?
Social Mobility: The Complex Origins of a Difficult Idea
Social mobility is a major preoccupation in modern British politics. Yet researchers have worried about social mobility’s downsides ever since they started studying it 70 years ago. Join Chris Renwick as he revisits those concerns, including visions of a trampled underclass rebelling against their meritocratic rulers, and asks what lessons the past has for contemporary social and political reformers.
Human Rights and Social Justice
Lady Brenda Hale, Deputy President of the Supreme Court, explores the extent to which human rights as we know them can also encompass socio-economic rights. Join her as she discusses recent high-profile Supreme Court decisions relating to denial of asylum, benefit caps and the so-called ‘bedroom tax’.