Join us for Sydney Policy Lab's program launch and inaugural lecture by Marc Stears, leading academic, political strategist and its new Director.
Event type: Lecture
Date: Thursday 4 October 2018
Time: 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium (D17), John Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Rd). Note: if you're walking to the Auditorium, it is next to the ovals (via Ross St entrance).
Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
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Please note: while there is some parking available within the University next to the building, at the New Law Building carpark, behind RPA, at Broadway and some street parking, spaces are limited so we suggest using public transport whenever possible.
Politics is in disarray across the world, with a wave of extremism sweeping across Europe and the United States. With chaos in Canberra, many are asking will Australian politics fall foul of the same trends or can we as individuals stop the decline and restore the promise of democracy?
In the lecture, Marc Stears argues that it is possible for democracy to thrive, even in our very turbulent times, but only if people act to save it. The health of our politics is not a matter of vast social and economic forces far beyond our control, he will insist, but instead lies with the daily choices that each of us make as individuals and members of our communities.
If we each abide by the key virtues of generosity, humility, open-mindedness and creativity – living without 'cynicism or contempt' – then we have a chance to prove that democracy can thrive, even in our own turbulent time. If not, then our opportunity to shape the future of this country and the world could be lost for generations to come.
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