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Saturday Session, Online – Monday 19 October


The Saturday Sessions provide our alumni a way to extend their professional development and ‘top-up’ their Cranlana experience.  The Saturday Sessions discuss different topical issues and explore ethical themes such as power, fairness, justice, trust and short- vs long-term thinking. Using the Cranlana method, these truly fascinating conversations about the things that matter are based on a selection of provided readings and are guided by our expert Moderators. These intimate sessions of philosophical and ethical discussion  will refuel your sense of moral courage, re-connect you to your critical reasoning capabilities and provide a forum to re-engage with the extraordinary Cranlana alumni.

While each of us is struggling to make sense of the pandemic for our life and our work, and to understand its implications for the future of Australia and the world, we can’t bring you together physically, However wherever you’re located you can join us for virtual Saturday Sessions; a coming together to assist one another to find a moral anchor in these difficult and confusing times. Registered participants will be emailed links to pre-readings, and a Zoom link in the week prior to the Session.

The Rise of Speech Intolerance?

Are we losing the capacity for respectful debate?

Around the globe, calls to right past wrongs have seen historic statues toppled. Prominent figures have been publicly shamed or ‘cancelled’ for expressing views judged as reactionary. The desire to overhaul institutions that perpetuate systemic injustice is understandable, but are the demands for reckoning and redress also creating a pernicious censoriousness? Who determines the boundaries of ‘legitimate’ opinion and what are the ethics of attempting to silence others? Are we fostering intolerance of different perspectives and undermining the possibility of dialogue on complex issues? Ultimately, how do we deal with incommensurable perspectives?

These and related questions will be discussed using texts drawn from present and past prominent thinkers.

The session will be led by Frank Di Giorgio, one of Cranlana’s most experienced moderators.

Exclusive to alumni


19 Oct 2020