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Is Truth Dead? From Power and the Media to Science and Reason

Post-Truth Initiative End of Year Event

Co-presented with the Sydney Democracy Network and the Sydney Environment Institute

Featured speakers


Sarah Haider

Ex-Muslims of North America

Sarah is an American writer, speaker, and activist. Born in Pakistan and raised in Texas, Sarah spent her early youth as a practising Shia Muslim. In her late-teens, she began to read the Quran critically and left religion soon after.
In 2013, she co-founded Ex-Muslims of North America, where she advocates

for the acceptance of religious dissent and works to create local support communities for those who have left Islam. In addition to atheism, Sarah is particularly passionate about civil liberties and women’s rights.

Alexander Heffner

The Open Mind, PBS

Alexander Heffner was a special correspondent for PBS’s Need to Know chronicling the Millennial vote in 2012. He founded and edited SCOOP08 and SCOOP44, the rst-ever national student newspapers covering the 2008 campaign and the Obama administration, and taught a civic education/ journalism seminar in New York City public school classrooms. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and RealClearPolitics, among other leading newspapers and magazines.

Alexander delivered a talk “Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age: The Quest for a Post-partisan Citizenship” at the Macquarie University on 21 November 2017.

Tom Nichols

U.S. Naval War College

Tom Nichols is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, and a professor at the Harvard Extension School. He is also an adjunct professor in the U.S. Air Force School of Strategic Force Studies and at the Harvard Extension School. He is currently a Senior Associate of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York City. He was also a Fellow in the International Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University.

Helen Pluckrose

Areo Magazine

Helen Pluckrose is a researcher in the humanities who focuses on late medieval/early modern religious writing for and about women. She is critical of postmodernism and cultural constructivism which she sees as currently dominating the humanities.


Lisa Bero
Jennifer Byrne
Peter Fray
Mitchell Hobbs
John Keane
Claire Lehmann
James Lindsay
Malhar Mali
Alana Mann
David Schlosberg
Caroline West
Colin Wight

November 20 @ 09:00
09:00 — 17:00 (8h)

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