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The Reckoning

21 - 22 January 2022
6.00pm – 9.00pm AEDT
We’ve weathered fire, flood, scandal, political failures and a pandemic in a few short and shocking years. We should probably unpack that.

UNSW Sydney has just been announced as the new Education Partner of Sydney Festival!
To celebrate this partnership, the UNSW Centre for Ideas is presenting a gutsy four-part talk series that combines big conversations with a splash of comic relief to tackle the issues shaping our future. Julia Banks, Stan Grant, Richard Holden, Mark Humphries, Dan Ilic, Emma Johnston, Benjamin Law, Gabrielle Appleby, George Megalogenis, Rosalind Dixon, Louise Milligan and Laura Tingle are among those on the roll call to discuss pandemic politics, climate (in)action, Indigenous recognition, our changing national identity and a firm farewell to misogyny.

Explore the events below!


21 Jan 6.30pm 7.45pm
In 2021, a legion of women stood up and said they weren’t going to take it anymore. Can 2022 give misogyny the flick for good?
22 Jan 2.00pm 3.15pm
After two years of arguing about how to ‘balance’ public health and the economy, it’s time to talk about what we have learned.
22 Jan 4.30pm 5.45pm
As our environment suffers and pressures from the outside world loom, what will come to define Australian national identity?
22 Jan 7.30pm 8.45pm
With national power siphoned towards state premiers, the allergy to massive government spending cured, and scientific advice brought to the fore, what future will our new political landscape hold?