BEING HUMAN Conversation


6:30pm – 7:45pm AEST




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In our world, we are surrounded by instances of ‘ownershipof real estate, ideas, pets and even (unfortunately) of people. However, what might we legitimately claim to ‘own’ – and what does such a claim even mean?

Are there times when finders really are keepers? Should those who earn more get to own more?  If we can own rivers, lakes and roads, why can’t we own oceans? Should I be able to sell my kidney to the highest bidder? For the right price, can anything be owned?

In The Ethics of Ownership Dr Simon Longstaff will be joined by special guest artist, award-winning actor Sheridan Harbridge (Prima Facie) for an interactive event that will unpack the uncomfortable realm of what qualifies as ownership, what responsibilities we have as owners and the role ownership plays in our lives.

This event is part of a series which includes ‘The Ethics of Inhibition‘ on 30 August. See both events for $20 livestream or $60 in person. 

Event live stream will be available to watch on demand for up to 14 days post-event.  

About 'The Ethics Of...'

‘The Ethics of…’ is an event series where we freely examine the experiences, hopes and challenges that make us truly human; from the good to the bad and everything in between. Each event is an intimate conversation, led by a philosopher, with opportunities for the audience to share their experiences, views and learn from each other. Join us for this important and interactive event, held both in person and livestreamed, about the ways we connect with each other.  


Dr Simon Longstaff AO

Dr Simon Longstaff began his working life on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory of Australia. He is proud of his kinship ties to the Anindilyakwa people. After a period studying law in Sydney and teaching in Tasmania, he pursued postgraduate studies as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 1991, Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre. In 2013, he was made an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to the community through the promotion of ethical standards in governance and business, to improving corporate responsibility, and to philosophy.” Simon is an Adjunct Professor of the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW, a Fellow of CPA Australia, the Royal Society of NSW and the Australian Risk Policy Institute.

Guest Artist

Sheridan Harbridge

Sheridan is an actor, writer and director, graduating from NIDA in 2006. A regular presence on the Australian stage, she won Best Actress at the Sydney Theatre Awards for her solo performance in the world premiere of Prima Facie for Griffin Theatre. She recently appeared as Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Old Fitz Theatre. Her musical Songs for the Fallen won Best Musical and Best Actress at the New York Music Theatre Festival. Other theatre credits include North by Northwest, The Beast, and The Speechmaker (Melbourne Theatre Company), Prima Facie, Kill Climate Deniers, Jump for Jordan (Griffin), Muriel’s Wedding (STC), Stop Girl, The Sugar House, Girl Asleep, The Dog/The Cat (Belvoir). She recently appeared on screen in The Twelve (Foxtel) and The Messenger (ABC), and played Valerie Solanas and Judy Garland in Jim Sharman’s online film Andy X. TV credits include Rake, All Saints, Doctor Blake Murder Mysteries, and The Justine Clarke Show.