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***Please note that the date is a placeholder. An email with the date and ticket information will be sent to anyone who is signed up as soon as we reschedule.*** Douglas Murray claims in his book ‘The Madness of Crowds’ that much of the toxicity and confusion in today’s public sphere have their roots in the collapse of the grand narratives of the past. Indeed, religion and ideologies such as socialism provided an existential and moral framework to their followers, that today is severely weakened. Other thinkers, such as Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, Solzhenitsyn, and Jordan Peterson, come back to the theme that in the absence of god, the vain quest for meaning can lead to tragedies like the ones that materialized in the 20th century totalitarianisms of fascism and Stalinism. Is indeed morality linked to an organized system of commands, such as a religion? Can individuals discover morality by themselves without regressing to subjectivism and a narcissistic ‘will to power’? In short, where does morality come from? Douglas Murray is a British conservative author, journalist and political commentator. He founded the Henry Jackson Society, where he was Associate Director from 2011–18. He is also an associate editor The Spectator, and author of several books, including The Strange Death of Europe and The Madness of Crowds. Andrew Bernstein holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He has taught Philosophy at the State University of New York at Purchase, Marist College, Hunter College, the State University of New York at New Paltz, and other New York-area universities. He is the author of several books, including the recently-released Heroes, Legends, Champions: Why Heroism Matters.
***Please note that the date is a placeholder. An email with the date and ticket information will be sent to anyone who is signed up as soon as we reschedule.*** Gender has been at the epicentre of the culture wars in the past decade. The feminist movement has been more vocal than ever, claiming that it’s time women get the place they deserve in society. At the same time, there has been a backlash by some men and women, who claim that feminism is an ideology that is creating unnecessary divisions, rather than promoting equality. Even more, men now have their own identity politics, with the ‘manosphere’ having a visible presence online. Having such a noisy background, how are we to understand gender in today’s society? Is gender a social construct, or is there biological reality to it? Were we better off with traditional gender roles, or were they a cover for the perpetuation of the domination of women by a patriarchy? Do women need feminism, and do men need protection from feminism? Join us in the discussion with the influential rapper, author, and podcaster Zuby, and the academic and author Nikos Sotirakopoulos. Chaired by documentary filmmaker and writer Sophie Sandor.