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Lecture/Seminar An Inconvenient Democracy: Scientific Knowledge and Climate Change 2013-07-22 15:00:00
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Helmut Schelsky was an eminent social scientist in post-war Germany. In the early 1960s he promoted the idea of the technical state. This idea of the technical state is relevant to contemporary reflections about the issue of governing climate change: “The 'technical state … deprives … democracy of its substance. Technical and scientific decisions cannot be subject to democratic decision-making, for in this manner they only become ineffective.” Helmut Schelsky would add, with political decisions based on scientific knowledge alone, the basic premise of democratic participation is eliminated: that is, the assumption that scientific knowledge is equitably distributed throughout society.

The idea of the emergence of technical state as a growing danger to democracy, becomes a relevant in the context of the governance of climate change. The position taken by climate scientists and media representatives amounts to the diagnosis of an “inconvenient democracy”. The exasperation about democratic governance expressed by climate scientists and media representatives is by no means a unique perspective since other influentual groups in society come to the same conclusion. How does one respond to and govern climate change?

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Location UNIVERSITY HOUSE 1
002
Times 15:00:00 to 16:00:00
Pricing

Free and open to the public

Sponsor Stephanie Inman
picsra@uvic.ca
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Film "Hannah Arendt" 2013-07-22 19:00:00
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HANNAH ARENDT

Director: Margarethe von Trotta  

Germany, 2012, 113 min; English & German with subtitles

BEST FEATURE FILM –Victoria Film Festival

One of the hardest tasks in filmmaking is to make ideas sexy, or at least interesting, onscreen. Hannah Arendt is a remarkably successful attempt from heavyweight German director Margarethe Von Trotta, who has filmed the biopics of Rosa Luxemburg and Hildegard von Bingen with serious passion. Hannah Arendt, the German-born philosopher who coined the phrase “the banality of evil”, seems like an impossible subject for film, yet even viewers who have never read a word of her books will be stirred by her intellectual and emotional courage in Barbara Sukowa’s award-worthy performance. There’s nothing fancy or modern to distract from the portrait of one of the most important thinkers of the century.

She and her beloved husband Heinrich (Axel Milberg) are German Jews who have lived in New York since they escaped from a French detention camp during the war. Then an incredible opportunity arises for her to cover the trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann. She flies to Jerusalem to follow the trial and meet old friends.

Her impressions, which The New Yorker publishes in five articles, is to be followed by a book. Arendt is attacked for writing that the trial showed some Jewish leaders were involved as collaborators with the Germans. It blows up into a media circus. Arendt refuses to back down. Her closing remarks to her students qualifies as one of the great classroom scenes in cinema and a thrilling lesson in courage. –The Hollywood Reporter

 

Related Website http://www.cinecenta.com
Location Student Union
production
Times 19:00:00 to 20:55:00
21:10:00 to 23:05:00
Pricing

 

UVSS Students: $5.75

SPECIAL FOR UVSS STUDENTS - 9pm shows (or later): $3.75

Seniors (65 & over), Children (12 & under): $5.75

Other Students: $6.75

Cinemagic Members: $6.75

Uvic Alumni, Faculty, Staff & their guests (1 only): $6.75

Non-members: $7.75

MATINEES all seats: $4.75

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsor CINECENTA
721-8365
office@cinecenta.com
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