The UNSW Centre for Ideas presents a thought-provoking program of events and digital content from the globe's leading thinkers. As we grapple with questions surrounding climate change, technological disruption and global politics, a program which provides a platform for public debate and the sharing of knowledge, that is also open to everyone, is crucial.
Since opening, the Centre for Ideas has welcomed international best-selling author Margaret Atwood to the Sydney Opera House and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to the Sydney Town Hall. At UNSW Sydney’s Kensington campus, the Centre has hosted public talks with psychologist Paul Bloom, AI expert Toby Walsh, award-winning New York Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, New Yorker columnist Jelani Cobb, illustrious philosopher Daniel Dennett and former Australian of the Year and Professor of Quantum Physics, Michelle Simmons.
Together with The Ethics Centre, the Centre for Ideas presented the Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) in 2018 and will partner again in 2020. The Festival has been a champion of courageous public conversations and this commitment to provide a platform for debate of all kinds aligns perfectly with the Centre’s ethos. Last year’s FODI program featured provocative orators such as Germaine Greer, Stephen Fry and Pankaj Mishra.
In 2019, the Centre for Ideas launched UNTHINKABLE, a series of talks exploring the questions we haven’t asked, the futures we can avoid and the realities we are yet to consider. The series presented prominent international voices including, Monica Lewinsky, Reza Aslan and Mona Eltahawy.
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In response to instructions by the Australian Federal Government due to COVID-19, UNSW Centre for Ideas will be cancelling all live events until further notice. This event has been cancelled and, at this stage, we cannot confirm that it can be rescheduled. All event registrants will be notified via email.
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