Festival Of Dangerous Ideas 2015 Program Announced

This year, Melbourne is getting some dangerous ideas too.

Tom Williamsby Tom Williams

Sydney’s Festival Of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) has announced its 2015 program, featuring keynote talks from Australian journalist Peter Greste, British-Pakistani journalist and filmmaker Tariq Ali and Canadian activist Naomi Klein, as well as a number of events in Melbourne.

Now in its seventh year, FODI is taking aim at questions surrounding robot workforces, recreational drugs, euthanasia, climate change, big sugar, censorship and more, with a number of panel discussions.

Among the panels is ‘The New Satirists’, featuring satirists Dan Ilic, James Colley and James Jericho; and ‘Inside North Korea’, featuring filmmaker Anna Broinowski, Korean-American writer Suki Kim and Michael Kirby, who was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to lead an inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea.

What’s more, this year’s FODI will see punters in Melbourne receive a snapshot of the festival for the very first time, with talks and panels as part of this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. Other smaller events will take place around the country, with content live-streamed from the Sydney Opera House.

The 2015 Festival Of Dangerous Ideas runs from 5th to 6th September. Catch the full lineup of speakers, below, and for more information, view the full program at the Festival Of Dangerous Ideas website.

Festival Of Dangerous Ideas 2015 Speakers

Tariq Ali – The Twilight of Democracy
Gabriella Coleman – Inside Anonymous
Peter Doherty – Knowledge Wars
Martin Ford – Hello Robots
Dennis Glover – Winners & Losers
AC Grayling – Bad Education
Peter Greste – Journalistic Freedom
Johann Hari – Ceasefire on Drugs
Naomi Klein – Capitalism and the Climate
Paul Krugman – Keynote Session
Dr Marc Lewis – Leaning Addiction
Miriam Lyons – Big Government
Dr Helen Joyce – The Right To Die
Laurie Penny – Lost Boys
Gideon Raff – Television’s Reality
Helen Razer – Against Compassion
Jon Ronson – Shame Culture
Eric Schlosser – Nuclear Delusions
Sarai Walker – Fat is Fine
Michael Wesley – Feudal World
Murong Xuecun – China’s Censorship

For a list of the panel talks, see the full program on the Festival of Dangerous Ideas website.