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Off the cuff and unfiltered, live talks are where you hear the content you can’t Google.

The UNSW Centre for Ideas presents thought-provoking and challenging ideas in a public program of talks with big thinkers and thought leaders.

An initiative of UNSW Sydney as part of the ambitious 2025 strategy, the program is a platform for public debate and sharing of knowledge that is open to everyone.

The 2018 program included controversial artist Andres Serrano, who took the us into his confidence. Indigenous leader Megan Davis and award-winning reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times talked openly about race. Australian of the Year, Michelle Simmons unpacked the world of quantum computing. Bob Brown tackled Australia’s record on the environment. Everything we thought we knew about truth was flipped on its head by “rock-star moralist”, philosopher Michael Sandel.

The UNSW Centre for Ideas is the co-presenter of the 2018 Festival of Dangerous Ideas. 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. At a time when difficult questions about truth, global politics and our relationship with technology preoccupy us all, the Festival is more relevant than ever.

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