The Ethical Casino: Arnon Grunberg and guests on meritocracy

Arnon Grunberg, Payal Arora, Josse de Voogd and Wijnand IJsselsteijn
Wednesday, October 13 , 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Blauwe Zaal + livestream via YouTube and Facebook
Price: Free (Student) Free (Others)

Famous Dutch novelist, columnist and journalist Arnon Grunberg is TU/e’s Artist-in-Residence during its 65th lustrum year. In this second public event, part of his educational program ‘The Ethical Casino’, he will discuss meritocracy as an ideal, along with his guests Josse de Voogd, Wijnand IJsselsteijn (TU/e) and Payal Arora (Erasmus University).

Please note: This program bears the SG&USE label and is therefore part of education. This means no 1.5 meter of social distancing is required, and no COVID-19 certificate is needed. This program can also be watched online via livestream.

In this social model, the socio-economic position a person attains is determined by their efforts and skills rather than the good or bad luck that befalls them. As Grunberg puts it: “What are we prepared to pay, in money or effort or rules and regulations, to create a more equal society? Where should the limits of government intervention lie? How much lost liberty are we prepared for it to cost? You could think of society as a casino.” Grunberg will reflect on these and other questions with invited guests Wijnand IJsselsteijn, Payal Arora and Josse de Voogd.

Prof. dr. Payal Arora is the founder of Catalyst Lab and professor and chair in Technology, Values and Global Media Cultures at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where in 2017 she was awarded the University Education Prize. Her research focus lies in digital cultures and social inequality, new media activism, edutainment and IT for international development. She has research and consulting experience in both the private and public sectors and is the author of several books, the latest of which is The Next Billion Users (2019).

Josse de Voogd is an independent researcher and publicist at the intersection of geography, politics and society. He studies and writes about topics including electoral geography, inequality and diversity, for various national media outlets, ministries and municipalities.

Prof. dr. Wijnand IJsselsteijn is a professor of Cognition and Affect in Human-Technology Interaction and scientific director of the Center for Humans and Technology at TU/e. He explores the impact of media technology on human psychology, and the use of psychology to improve technology design. He has a keen interest in the relation between data science, AI and psychology. His focus is on conceptualizing and measuring human experiences in relation to digital environments (immersive media, serious games, affective computing, personal informatics) in the service of human learning, health, and wellbeing.

Artist-in-Residence educational program
This year’s Artist-in-Residence program is organized as part of the TU/e lustrum ‘Heroes like you’ and in collaboration with Verstegen & Stigter Cultural Projects. It consists of six masterclasses and a weekend excursion with a selection of 25 students, all of which will take place in the fall.

There will also be three public events of which this discussion program is the second one. The final presentation of the results of the masterclasses will be held on November 17.

Please note: only book a ticket if you want to attend this program on campus. To watch the livestream, please do not reserve a ticket.

On campus: ticket reservation required
This program will take place on campus. Making a reservation via the website (black "order" button) is therefore mandatory if you want to attend this program on campus.

Via livestream: do not reserve a ticket
This program will also be streamed live to our YouTube channel and Facebook page. Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive a notification when we go live. Please do not book a ticket if you want to watch the livestream.

SG & USE registration

  • On campus:
    Please register your participation right away when attending the program on campus.  This can be done by scanning your student card at the venue before the start of the program.
  • Online via livestream:
    Please note: do not make a reservation if you want to watch the program online via the livestream. You can only register for SG&USE if you watch the entire program live ( i.e., you can’t watch it at a later time) and if you complete an online SG&USE registration form within five minutes after the end of the program. Before the program starts, we will explain where and when you can find the link to the registration form. You will need to have your student ID number on hand because you'll need it to fill out the form. Please make sure your registration is done properly, otherwise we will not be able to verify that you were present.

More information about SG & USE can be found here.