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A better future for all

After the pandemic: Imagining the future

Kerry O'Brien in conversation with Professor Nigel McMillan, Dr Rebecca Huntley and Mik Auckland
Griffith University and HOTA’s series of timely and thought-provoking conversations, A better future for all, continues in November at HOTA, Home of the Arts, with a panel discussion moderated by host Kerry O’Brien that will discuss the human side of the pandemic and how this collective experience might change society.​

Our response to coronavirus will shape Australia for decades to come. It has been the catalyst for major change. For many people, their lives at work and at home have been irrevocably altered. Whole industries were severely impacted. Structural weaknesses in our society have been exposed.

2020 has been a year when communities, including ours on the Gold Coast, have had to adjust to sudden changes and develop a capacity for resilience and innovation in the face of uncertainty. But we have also re-discovered what we are capable of when we work together. A new appreciation of what we can expect from government, civil society and each other has emerged. In the final
A better future for all conversation for the year, we’re looking ahead, imagining what Australia might look like as we recover from this pandemic.

Professor Nigel McMillan - Griffith University

One of Australia's leading virologists and immunologists, with a detailed understanding of the significance of vaccines, Griffith University’s Professor Nigel McMillan works at the intersection of scientific research and medical application. There can be few people with a similar capacity to understand and communicate the scale of the public health challenges we face. His expertise provides him with a unique focus on what needs to be done to secure a healthy future.

Dr Rebecca Huntley

As one of our foremost social researchers, Dr Rebecca Huntley has been monitoring the pulse of the nation to better understand our needs and expectations. What do people think about how we should re-build post Covid-19? Her work as a principal researcher, academic and author, enables Rebecca Huntley to combine a deep understanding of community opinions and how they find expression in social change.

Mik Auckland – HOTA, Home of the Arts

Theatre and events director Mik Auckland has helped deliver some of the world’s greatest productions, including the Olympic Games, Rugby World Cup and the Commonwealth Games. But what will the post-Covid world mean for our engagement with public art and the artists who inspire us? How will we re-imagine the place of art in our lives and in our communities? As the Director Programming and Presenter Services at HOTA, Mik draws on decades of international experience to offer insight on the future of arts and major events.

The details


Tuesday 24 November 2020

6 – 7.15 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC + 10:00)
QLD time. Check your local time for Daylight Saving


Event livestreamed from HOTA, Home of the Arts

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