CNN Indonesia anchor Desi Anwar is a beloved media personality known for her writing and philosophical musings. Faces and Places is Desi’s exciting collection of essays about travel. Desi offers a behind-the-scenes look at some of her favourite encounters, as well as insight into some of her more memorable spiritual experiences. Desi talks about her day with the Dalai Lama at Dharamsala, interviewing Buddhist Richard Gere, her pilgrimage to Mecca, and more.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Desi Anwar (International)

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Desi Anwar is an Indonesian columnist, senior anchor, journalist and the host of Insight with Desi Anwar on CNN Indonesia. She started her television career as a reporter, anchor and producer with Indonesia’s first commercial television channel and pioneered the country’s leading primetime news program, Seputar Indonesia. She also hosted her own show, Face2Face with Desi Anwar, giving her the opportunity to interview international figures. She is the author of several books featuring her writing, photography and philosophical musings in both English and Indonesian, including Being Indonesian - Life, Strife and the Pursuit of Democracy and Faces and Places, a collection of essays on travel.

Luke Fischer (Australian)

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Luke Fischer is a poet, philosopher, and scholar. He is the author of four books, including the poetry collections A Personal History of Vision and Paths of Flight and the monograph The Poet as Phenomenologist: Rilke and the New Poems. He is currently co-editing a volume of essays on the philosophical dimensions of Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus. He is an honorary associate at the University of Sydney.