THE TASMANIAN WRITERS CENTRE PRESENTS

The Challenge of Freedom

Thu 14 Sep 2017 7:45pm

THE TASMANIAN WRITERS & READERS FESTIVAL 2017

OPENING NIGHT ADDRESS

Professor A.C. Grayling’s latest book Democracy and its Crisis reflects on contemporary international issues and the struggle for a free world. A.C. sets the tone for the festival themes, urging us to engage with other worlds.  He asserts the quality of life on this planet depends on our ability to be courageous and to stay involved. It is when our institutions become closed and fearful that we are in peril.

"The great story of human history is of a very, very wobbly-wheeled cart that we're trundling up a hill and there's always the risk that it's going to tip over as it did with Trump and Brexit … The price of anything worthwhile is vigilance and endeavour … You can't turn your back on the process, you can't not be involved in society, you can't not keep arguing with your politicians and keep fighting for human rights and keep being involved. If you stop, you become lazy and that cart will begin to wobble and fall off the hill” AC Grayling, Sydney Morning Herald May 2017.

Part oration, part conversation and part audience exchange,  – enjoy an evening with this extraordinary philosopher and humanist, who will be joined by Heather Rose and Distinguished Professor Jeff Malpas as we open the festival and begin to explore Other Worlds in Words.

For all information on the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival 2017 go to http://www.taswrf.org/ 

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