The Reckoning

Sydney Festival and UNSW Centre for Ideas present



The Reckoning talk series

What just happened? And what does it mean for the future we want to build?   

Australia may be the lucky country, but we’ve weathered fire, flood, scandal, political failures and a pandemic in a few short and shocking years. We should probably unpack that. 

The Reckoning, a gutsy four-part talk series curated by the UNSW Centre for Ideas, combines big conversations with a healthy splash of comic relief to digest the issues our nation is grappling with as we emerge from our living rooms and face what could be a turning point for good, or a tipping point into the abyss – AKA 2022.  

From pandemic politics to climate (in)action, looming extinctions and the role of Indigenous Australians in our nation’s identity, it’s all on the table. With a stellar rollcall of thinkers and change-makers including Stan Grant, Richard Holden, Mark Humphries, Dan Ilic, Emma Johnston, Benjamin Law, George Megalogenis and more, we confront this critical point in our history head on.


The Reckoning Livestreams

Australia's Turning Point, Pandemic Politics and The Price of COVID events will be available to view as a livestream on Sydney Festival's AT HOME platform.


Update - The Reckoning: Goodbye Misogyny has been cancelled. The Reckoning Talk Series events on Saturday 22 January will now be online livestreamed free events. Please visit our AT HOME platform to enjoy these events online. All ticket holders for the in-person talk events will be refunded in full automatically and have been contacted by email. Please note, refunds may take up to 14 business days to appear on your bank statement.


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