“Wouldn’t It Be Nice…?” (The Beach Boys): Virtues, Values and Variables in a New Millennium

Monday 13 February
The Stripe, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

​How are we to understand social and moral values in a new millennium? Looking at the new emerging generation of millennials, is it the case that society is becoming more liberal, or, rather, more conservative? And what role, if any, might religion play in shaping the moral horizons of the nation? In this inaugural lecture at the University of Winchester, Martyn Percy explores and discusses a landscape of virtues, values and variables in contemporary society, drawing on case-studies taken from film, Television and other media, education, as well as wider social practices. Is ‘being nice’ going to be good enough for the shaping of future society?

This is an Inaugural lecture by The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy.

The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy is the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, one of University of Oxford's largest colleges, as well as being the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Oxford. He writes and teaches on modern ecclesiology, and as well as being a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, is a Tutor for the Said Business School. He is also Professor of Theological Education at King’s College, London. From 2004-14 he was Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon.

Martyn has held number of roles in public life, serving as a Director of the Advertising Standards Authority, and as an Adjudicator for the Portman Group (the self-regulating body for the alcoholic drinks industry). He has served as a Commissioner of the Direct Marketing Authority, and is an Advisor to the British Board of Film Classification.

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