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In a world where extreme voices threaten to erode our individual and collective identities, positive human relationships are an increasingly fortifying antidote. Join Sarah Krasnostein and Masha Gessen in this absorbing panel, moderated by Michael Williams, as they consider how empathy can be a political issue and how storytelling can promote connection in a fragmented society.

Curated by Sarah Krasnostein.

Sarah Krasnostein (Australian)

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Sarah Krasnostein was born in America, studied in Melbourne and has lived and worked in both countries. Earning her doctorate in criminal law, she is a law lecturer and researcher. She lives in Melbourne, and spends part of the year working in New York City. The Trauma Cleaner is her first book that won the 2017 Victorian Prize for Literature.

Michael Williams (Australian)

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Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. For 2015-2016 he hosted Blueprint for Living on RN, and he remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked as a breakfast presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR, as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, in publishing and has written extensively for publications including Australia's The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian.