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The Interrobang: A Festival of Questions

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at Collins Street Baptist Church

Will the world be a safer place when more women occupy positions of power? Rukmini Callimachi and Anne Summers


Due to recent events in Paris, our expected guest Rukmini Callimachi – New York Times foreign correspondent specialising in Islamic extremism – is unable to travel to Australia for The Interrobang. Unfortunately, we've had to cancel her discussion with Anne Summers. We apologise for any inconvenience and of course, disappointment. 

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Journalists on dangerous beats have a question to ask themselves: how much are answers worth?

Rukmini Callimachi has spent a life with difficult questions in hand – first as a student of poetry at university, and currently as a highly-respected New York Times foreign correspondent specialising in Islamic extremism. She spent eight years in Senegal as the West Africa Bureau chief for Associated Press, and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist.

Callimachi will speak with esteemed Australian journalist and author Anne Summers (Damned Whores and God’s Police; The Misogyny Factor) about the challenges and surprises of reporting in the world’s most dangerous places – as well as about the prospects of women in Islamic countries, whether we can trust what we hear through news outlets, and what prejudices reporters bring to their subjects. How do journalists prepare for interviews with terrorists – and how is trust negotiated both ways?

Hear from two female journalists about the influence of gender and power on global and personal safety.


Portrait of Anne Summers

Anne Summers

Dr Anne Summers AO is a best-selling author, journalist and thought-leader with a long career in politics, the media, business and the non-government sector in Australia, Europe and the United States. She is author of nine books, including the classic Damned Whores and God's Police, Ducks on the Pond, The Lost Mother, and The Misogyny Factor.

Portrait of Rukmini Callimachi

Rukmini Callimachi

Rukmini Callimachi is a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, covering Islamic extremism. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and has been awarded a number of other prestigious awards for journalism/reporting. From 2006 to 2014, she was based in Senegal as the West Africa Bureau chief for Associated Press.

Callimachi was born in Romania, fleeing to Switzerland when she was five. She studied poetry at university before becoming a reporter.

The Interrobang: A Festival of Questions

The Interrobang – a new festival from the Wheeler Centre – is looking for the best questions in the world.

Ask your questions and vote on others, then join us on 27–28 November for a feast of frequently unanswered questions – as we present your most controversial, revealing, funny and insightful ideas to a 28-strong Brains Trust of the world’s most inquisitive thinkers.

Pose your question at The Interrobang festival website. We’re building this festival on your curiosity, so brace yourself – and wonder hard.

Presenting partners

• City of Melbourne
• The University of Melbourne


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