The reinvention of the world
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About the Event
An address by John Ralston Saul
Proudly brought to you by the Evatt Foundation
Australia has avoided the worst of the economic turmoil of recent years but economic insecurity, social inequality and political discontent are rife, while in many other parts of the world there are signs that familiar economic, social and political systems are breaking down. How do we understand these strange and uncertain times? How can we use this understanding to build a world that makes more sense? The Evatt Foundation has invited the celebrated author and essayist John Ralston Saul back to Australia to share his insights on the world we live in today. Join the Foundation for Saul’s Sydney address, entitled ’It’s broke: can we fix it?’‘The weakness of the marketplace … is the possession of a memory somewhat longer than a dog’s, slightly shorter than a cat’s.’
John Ralston Saul’s works have been translated into 22 languages in 30 countries. He features in the Utne Reader’s list of the world’s 100 leading thinkers and visionaries, has been declared a ‘prophet’ by Time magazine, and is the President of PEN International. Saul holds a Ph.D in history from King’s College (London) has been awarded 17 honorary degrees, is a Companion of the Order of Canada and Chevalier in the Order des Arts et des Lettres of France, and the Patron of PLAN, a cutting edge organisation serving people with disabilities. His most well known books are Voltaire’s bastards: the dictatorship of reason in the West (1992), The unconscious civilisation (1995) and The collapse of globalism and the reinvention of the world (2005, reissued in 2009).
While in Australia, John will be launching his first novel in 15 years, Dark Diversions, a black comedy about people with two much money and not enough sense.
As parts of this visit to Australia, the Evatt Foundation will also host a speaking engagement in Hobart and he will feature in the Melbourne Writers Festival.
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