On Effective Altruism
How can we do the most good? Peter Singer, often described as the world’s most influential living philosopher, presents a challenging new movement in the search for an ethical life. Effective altruism requires a rigorously unsentimental view of charitable giving, urging that a substantial proportion of our money or time should be donated to the organisations that will do the most good with those resources, rather than to those that tug the heartstrings. Chaired by Eric Crampton.
Shifting Points of View
Featuring Peter Singer, Sarah Waters, Patricia Grace, Paula Morris, Fiona Farrell, Anna Smaill, Hamish Clayton, Hugh Nicholson, Margaret Wilson, Suki Kim.
In a world of reality TV shows and light entertainment, where issues are reduced to convenient soundbites, WORD Christchurch, in association with Christchurch Arts Festival, is proud to provide a platform for relevant, in-depth, stimulating — and yes, also entertaining — discussion. For the curious and inquisitive, for lovers of books and current affairs, Shifting Points of View is a series of events designed to present new ways of looking at the world, with an exciting line-up of local and international writers and commentators, who just might change your mind.
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Crimes of Passion
Sarah Waters' hugely inventive novels usually have lesbian relationships at their heart, and are always set in the past, when remaining true to oneself came at great personal risk. Her latest book, The Paying Guests, is no exception. It chronicles the awakening of a passion in 1920s London that has terrible consequences, and asks: how far would we go for a love that is forbidden by society but nonetheless achingly real? Chaired by Carole Beu.