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Inequality

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 28 July 2012

We present a special edition of The Forum hosted by former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson. Do we have a moral responsibility to reduce inequality for the next generation? Is there a danger that by striving for equality between the sexes we’re actually ignoring real differences between men and women? And is the idea of a world without extremes of inequality a utopian fantasy?

The first in a special series of Forum episodes where eminent thinkers lead discussions about the most pressing challenges of the age. This week former President of Ireland Mary Robinson chairs a discussion about a subject close to her heart: Inequality. Joining her in front of a lively audience at the RSA in London are Nobel prize-winning biologist John Sulston, Lawrence Goldman, Fellow in Modern History at the University of Oxford and Bangladeshi novelist Tahmima Anam.

Illustration by Emily Kasriel: equality or inequality - between rich and poor; men and women.

Chapters

2 items
  • John Sulston

    John Sulston

    John Sulston is a Nobel prize-winning biologist and chair of a recent report ‘People and the Planet’. He is particularly interested in the challenge of inter-generational inequality; the likelihood that our present overconsumption will make life worse for future generations. John argues that we have a duty to preserve resources for those who come after us.

    Photo credit: All photos by Simon Chirgwin.

    John Sulston
  • Lawrence Goldman

    Lawrence Goldman

    Lawrence Goldman, Fellow in Modern History at the University of Oxford, works on the history of labour movements and intellectual thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He argues that eminent thinkers such as Alexis de Tocqueville had serious concerns about reducing economic inequality. He believes that their ideas should alert us to the dangers of redistributing wealth today.

    Lawrence Goldman
  • Tahmima Anam

    Tahmima Anam

    Bangladeshi novelist Tahmima Anam is currently writing a novel about an orphaned girl called Mo who gets to experience life as a boy. It is set on the ship breaking beaches of her home country. Tahmima discusses her book and the challenges of gender inequality in the developing world and the West.

    Tahmima Anam
  • Mary Robinson

    Mary Robinson

    Mary Robinson was the first female President of Ireland. She has also been the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. She now leads the Mary Robinson Foundation working for Climate Justice. She is the Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin and is the recipient of numerous honours and awards from around the world.

    Mary Robinson
  • FORUM AT THE RSA 1

    FORUM AT THE RSA 1

    Behind the scenes at the RSA.

  • FORUM AT THE RSA 2

    FORUM AT THE RSA 2

    Lawrence Goldman listens intently...

  • FORUM AT THE RSA 3

    FORUM AT THE RSA 3

    Executive producer Emily Kasriel gets presenter Mary Robinson ready for the recording.

  • FORUM AT THE RSA 4

    FORUM AT THE RSA 4

    Senior producer Radek Boschetty checks the microphones for our panellists.

  • FORUM AT THE RSA 5

    FORUM AT THE RSA 5

    Presenter and panellists face the audience...

  • FORUM AT THE RSA 6

    FORUM AT THE RSA 6

    The audience at the RSA captured by the conversation...

  • FORUM AT THE RSA 7

    FORUM AT THE RSA 7

    The view from behind the stage...

  • FORUM AT THE RSA 8

    FORUM AT THE RSA 8

    The view of the stage from the back row of the audience.

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