Matter of Life and Death - MIAF
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People of faith (and people without) come together to reflect on how their beliefs shape their attitudes to the afterlife.
In partnership with the Melbourne International Festival, the Matter of Life and Death series of events focuses on some of the big issues in life, art and ideas.
Joan Hendriks is an Aboriginal elder of the Ngugi people from Moreton Island off Brisbane and a Catholic theologian.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.
Dr Tanveer Ahmed is a psychiatrist and opinion columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald
Science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams presents Radio National’s The Science Show and Ockham’s Razor.
Mark Baker is director of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation and an associate professor at Monash University.
In partnership with the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Matter of Life and Death series of events focuses on some of the big issues in life, art and ideas.
Over six sessions, the Wheeler Centre comes to the Festival with big conversations about big questions. The first three sessions are Panel Discussions covering Ethics and Morality, Belief and Spirituality and The Written Death. These events are followed by three Spotlight Sessions focusing on individual writers and thinkers and their attitudes to life and death.
Details of the guest speakers will be available here closer to the event.