We think of values such as justice, equality, empathy and solidarity as “human,” and hence as “universal.” Whether secular or religious, these values are seen as rising above ordinary, everyday concerns. Their expression and protection relies upon cherished documents, ranging from written constitutions to scripture, and established institutions, from courts to churches, yet these can never quite assure their success.
The champions and fans of these essential values are found in what might consider an unlikely place: popular culture. Music, books and magazines, cinema, dance, art and social media are the spaces that matter. We will explore how what we regard as our most universal values come to fruition at the most local, everyday level of our lives.
This free event is co-sponsored by the SFU Seniors Lifelong Learning Society.