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A DANGEROUS MOMENT: Shades of Red and Blue

1 April 2017
12:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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The New York Public Library
Celeste Bartos Forum
42nd Street and Fifth Ave

Tickets From $10
The Ethics Centre has always targeted dangerous moments where a breakdown in our humanity is causing us distress.
The state of our political and public debate is one of those and has been highlighted by recent political developments in America, Australia and the EU.
Every day we take another step to a public conversation made up of abuse, name calling, contempt or rude indifference.
This is a fundamental threat to what makes us human and it’s time to push the reset button.
From across the republican and democrat political divide, some of our brightest thinkers will come together to discuss our biggest problems and do so respectfully at the New York Public Library in the US on 1 April 2017.
We’ll talk freely and honestly about the flaws in the institutions that guard our Constitution, how we feel about strangers, where we stand on global security, whether diversity is a glue or dividing line, and free speech and the public interest.
This event will be full of passion, difference, listening, nuance, grey areas, subtleties of argument and great reasoning.
The antidote to our problem is spending less time trying to change others’ minds and more trying to see their point of view.
Encourage your friends in New York City to get their tickets for SHADES OF RED & BLUE: Uniting Our Divided Nation at the New York Public Library on 1 April.
In Australia, you can…
  • Check which session floats your boat on the program at
  • Stay tuned to the Facebook event for updates on how to get involved
  • Or be part of the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #shadesofredandblue
SHADES OF RED & BLUE is a joint Australian and American initiative brought to you by The Ethics Centre based in Sydney, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program.

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Shades of Red and Blue is featuring bestselling author Salman Rushdie; the US Naval War College’s Professor Thomas M. Nichols; former president of the American Society of International Law Anne-Marie Slaughter; former White House lawyer for President Nixon John W. Dean; Professor at Columbia and writer for the New Yorker Jelani Cobb; Syrian refugee Sana Mustafa; and Director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Human Rights Program, Jamil Dakwar, among others.

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