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Feed your mind. Be provoked. One big idea at a time. Your brain will love you for it. Grab your front row seat to the best live forums and festivals with Natasha Mitchell.

    Moral philosopher Raimond Gaita on Israel, Gaza and the student protests

    Moral philosopher Raimond Gaita on Israel, Gaza and the student protests

    Moral philosopher and writer Raimond Gaita wrestles with the moral and ethical dimensions of the Israel-Gaza war to try to make sense of the incomprehensible.

    The Jim Carlton Integrity Lecture, "The Urgency of Ethical Challenges Facing the World" was recorded at the Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne on May 8, 2024.

    Speaker

    Raimond Gaita Honorary professorial fellow, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne
    Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy, King's College London
    Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities
    Author, Justice and Hope: Essays, Lectures and Other Writings, (and many other books)
    Editor Gaza: Morality, Law and Politics

    • 56 min
    Andrew O’Hagan's defence of literature and truth in the age of the machines

    Andrew O’Hagan's defence of literature and truth in the age of the machines

    In the shadow of the AI revolution, as the tech giants vie for our data, our attention, and our money, beloved Scottish author Andrew O'Hagan makes an impassioned case for the role of readers and writers as "frontline workers" in the fight for reality.

    These events were recorded at the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival on 17 and 19 May 2024.

    Speakers

    Andrew O'Hagan Author, Caledonian Road, Mayflies,and many more
    Essayist, editor-at-large of the London Review of Books

    Gillian O'Shaughnessy (host) Writer, moderator, journalist, broadcaster

    • 53 min
    The surprising bonds that make us, break us, move us — Ceridwen Dovey, Anna McGahan, Ahona Guha

    The surprising bonds that make us, break us, move us — Ceridwen Dovey, Anna McGahan, Ahona Guha

    Join Natasha Mitchell and guests for a conversation full of surprises on the bonds that make us and sometimes break us. Bad dates, spaceships, surviving cults, the creature within, mother love, loss, and more — how do our attachments shape our minds and lives?

    Thanks to Griffith Review and the Brisbane Writers Festival for organising this event.

    Speakers:

    Anna McGahan
    Actor, playwright, screenwriter, Vogel Award winner
    Author, Immaculate (Allen and Unwin 2023), and Metanoia: a memoir of a body, born again (Acorn Press, 2020)

    Ceridwen Dovey
    Author, Only the Astronauts (Penguin, 2024), Only the Animals (Penguin, 2015), and other titles.

    Dr Ahona Guha
    Clinical and forensic psychologist, writer
    Author, Life Skills for a Broken World (Scribe Publications, 2024) and Reclaim: Understanding complex trauma and those who abuse (Scribe Publications, 2023)

    Further information:

    Griffith Review: Edition 84 Attachment Styles

    Griffith Review's editor Carody Culver on getting attached

    • 54 min
    Barkaa, Steph Tisdell and Rudi Bremer: Indigenous performers are expected to be perfect

    Barkaa, Steph Tisdell and Rudi Bremer: Indigenous performers are expected to be perfect

    For many Indigenous performers publicity comes with the burden of being a role model. Their only options seem to be a pedestal or oblivion, particularly if they are women.

    What are the challenges for them to find their place on stage and in life?

    Who has the right to be 'bad' in a society that expects women to be flawless?

    A panel of Indigenous cultural commentators explores stereotypes and puts them in the bin.

    Presented at the All About Women Festival by the Sydney Opera House.

    Speakers

    Barkaa
    Malyangapa, Barkindji rapper from Western New South Wales, now living in South West Sydney on Gandangara land

    Steph Tisdell
    Ydinji comedian and actress

    Rudi Bremer (host)
    Gamilaraay woman, broadcaster and presenter of RN's Awaye!

    Listen to Big Ideas – Indigenous arts

    • 42 min
    The Australian far right today

    The Australian far right today

    Recent elections overseas have shown a rise in the popularity of far-right politics in Europe and elsewhere, fuelled by anti-immigration sentiment, economic woes and other grievances. So what does this mean for far-right movements back here in Australia?

    This event was recorded at the University of Canberra on May 16, 2024.

    Speakers

    Jordan McSwiney Author, Far-Right Political Parties in Australia: Disorganisation and Electoral Failure
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra

    Kristy Campion Senior Lecturer in Terrorism Studies, Charles Sturt University

    Ariel Bogle Investigations reporter, Guardian Australia

    • 54 min
    Ann Patchett, Lauren Groff and Tony Birch — when writing and selling books becomes a political act

    Ann Patchett, Lauren Groff and Tony Birch — when writing and selling books becomes a political act

    In some parts of the United States, you're more likely to see a book banned in public libraries and schools, than efforts towards gun control. Advocacy organisation PEN America has documented more than 10,000 book bans since 2021. Momentum to censor books is growing, and also spreading to places like Australia. So what's it like to write and sell books in this climate?

    This event was recorded at the Melbourne Writers Festival on the 12 May, 2024.

    Speakers

    Ann Patchett
    Author of Tom Lake, Bel Canto, Truth and Beauty, and many more; Owner, Parnassus Books, Nashville Tennessee

    Lauren Groff
    Author The Vaster Wilds, Fates and Furies, Florida, and many more; Owner, The Lynx Books, Gainsville Florida

    Tony Birch
    Author, Women and Children, Ghost River, Shadowboxing; Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at Melbourne University

    Christine Gordon (host)
    Programming and Engagement manager, Readings; Director, Victorian Women's Trust Board; Founding Director of the Stella Prize

    Further information

    The Book Show, ABC RN: Banned Books podcast

    • 52 min

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