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Talks & Ideas

16 January – 11 March 2024
12.26pm – 7.30pm AEDT
Liberate your mind with a challenging program filled with lively debate, conversation and ideas.

The talks and ideas series of conversations illuminates some of our most powerful stories. This February and March explore the untold history of our earth with historian and author Peter Frankopan, hear from acclaimed Tamil-language author Perumal Murugan who was once a target of right-wing book burnings, devour a moment with award winning author Bryan Washington and explore whether the deepening class divide can ever be transcended with Polly Toynbee.


28 Feb 6.30pm 7.30pm
Examining human history through the lens of the natural world, hear from historian and author Peter Frankopan on the crucial role the environment plays in the existence humankind.
5 Mar 6.30pm 7.30pm
Confront the ideas of Samuel Moyn, who diagnosed the political left’s fear of Trump as a ‘hysteria’ threatening democracy, in conversation with UNSW political philosopher Jessica Whyte.
6 Mar 6.30pm 7.45pm
Journey with Tamil-language author Perumal Murugan, once a target of right-wing book burnings and now longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2023.
7 Mar 10.00am 11.15am
Join a panel of experts committed to ending gendered violence, and learn how we can recentre sexual consent for everyone.