Has political correctness gone mad? Is everyone really a snowflake? In the absence of measured leadership and the tumult of global unrest, democracies around the world find themselves mired in prolonged, increasingly toxic culture wars. As dangerous myths advance, corroding public discourse and warping national agendas, the notion of a truly civil society has never seemed more remote. Join two of our most incisive minds, author of We Need New Stories, The Guardian UK’s Nesrine Malik and former race discrimination commissioner, Professor Tim Soutphommasane, for this bracing Sydney Ideas event. Together, they pick apart fictitious facts, challenge contemporary prejudices and debunk the myths that inform the status quo today.

A Sydney Ideas event.

Nesrine Malik (International)

Nesrine Malik

Nesrine Malik is a British Sudanese author and columnist and features writer for Guardian UK. She was born in Sudan and grew up in Kenya, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. She received her undergraduate education at the American University in Cairo and University of Khartoum, and her postgraduate education at the University of London. Alongside her journalism career she previously spent 10 years in emerging markets private equity. Her first book is We Need New Stories: Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent.