Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Festival of Dangerous Ideas 

On Sunday 6 September Wagga's thinkers and doers will be transported into the heart of the Sydney Opera House to hear two globally-significant thinkers via live video link, and to participate in a facilitated discussion of the challenging ideas that are presented.

THE RIGHT TO DIE, DR HELEN JOYCE, CHAIRED BY AC GRAYLING | 10:30am

Why is the right to doctor-assisted dying supported by so many and legal for so few?

Helen Joyce  became international editor of The Economist in January 2014 having previously served as International Education Editor and Sao Paulo bureau chief. Earlier roles include as editor of Plus, an online magazine about maths published by the University of Cambridge, and founding editor for the Royal Statistical Society's quarterly magazine, Significance.

AC Grayling  is a distinguished philosopher notable for his ability to make philosophy relevant to contemporary reader and audiences with a general audience. He is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. He is associated with the new atheism movement and is sometimes described as the Fifth Horseman of New Atheism. He has written and edited more than 30 books on philosophy and other subjects; among his most recent are The Challenge of Things, Liberty in the Age of Terror, The God Argument and To Set Prometheus Free.

THE TWILIGHT OF DEMOCRACY, TARIQ ALI | Midday

What is the point of elections if the result is always a victory for the extreme centre?


Tariq Ali  is a British Pakistani political commentator and a prolific writer, journalist and filmmaker. He has been a leading figure of the international left since the 1960s. His books include The Duel: Pakistan on the Flightpath of American Power, The Obama Syndrome and The Extreme Centre: A Warning.

This is a free event.

This event is presented by the Museum of the Riverina in partnership with Eastern Riverina Arts and  The Civic Theatre.

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) was founded in 2009 by the Sydney Opera House and St James Ethics Centre. The Ethics Centre continues to partner with the Sydney Opera House to present the event. FODI is presented as part of Sydney Opera House's annual talks program Ideas at the House. For the full FODI program: www.sydneyoperahouse.com/fodi