With our increasing polarisation on everything from climate change to the pandemic reflected in both mass media and social media, has dialogue been replaced by polemic and unsubstantiated claims? Are things getting worse, or was it always this way? And what possibilities for true exchange of different opinions might exist in these polarised times?

Sarah Krasnostein (moderator & panellist), Maria Tumarkin, Daniel James

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    • Finkel Foundation


Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah Krasnostein is a multi-award-winning writer and researcher. She is the author of The Trauma Cleaner, The Believer and the Quarterly Essay, On Mental Illness and Vulnerability. Her work has appeared in publications in Australia, America and the UK. She has a doctorate in criminal law.

Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin writes books, essays, reviews, and pieces for performance and radio; she collaborates with sound and visual artists and has had her work carved into dockside tiles. She is the author of four books of ideas. Her latest book, Axiomatic, won the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature and was named a New Yorker Top 10 Book of 2019. Maria is…

Daniel James

Daniel is a Yorta Yorta man, Melbourne-based writer and broadcaster. He is the winner of the 2018 Horne Prize for his essay Ten More Days. He also hosts The Mission on 3RRR FM. Recently he signed a book deal with Affirm Press for his debut novel.