The Meaning of Life
Antonia Case + James Kirby + Debbie Haski-Leventhal + Warren Ward
Auditorium 1, slq
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Duration: 60 minutes
Psychology and philosophy meet in the works of these authors, who bring their extraordinary perspectives to the ultimate question: what does it all mean? Considering the alienation of modern life and the human impulse towards making meaning, these writers bring their experience to bear on the modern condition, reminding us of eternal truths easily lost in an overwhelming present.
Presented by The University of Queensland
Venue update: The venue for this event has been changed to Auditorium 1. This event was previously listed as being held in The Studio venue at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ).
An award-winning writer and journalist, Antonia Case is the co-founder of New Philosopher and Womankind magazines, and is the Editor-In-Chief of New Philosopher, which is distributed in 32 countries. In 2014, she was awarded the Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Professionals' Award. Antonia holds an Honours degree in Economics from Sydney University and is a regular speaker on radio and at writers' festivals.
James Kirby is the co-director of the Compassionate Mind Research Group at the University of Queensland. He studies the effectiveness of Compassion Focused Therapy interventions in helping with the self-criticism and shame that underpin many depression and anxiety disorders. James also works as a clinical psychologist in private practice. This is his first book.
If a fortune-teller told 19-year-old Debbie that she’d one day become a professor of purpose and impact, she’d have asked for a refund. A tragedy led her family to the Kabballah Centre – years before Madonna and other celebs joined it – where she grew up in a cult-like atmosphere until she managed to escape under threat of an arranged marriage. Higher education and volunteering transformed Debbie’s life, and she has since devoted her entire career to studying the pro-social behaviour of individuals and companies. Today, she is an awarded and well-published professor of business management and the MBA Director at Macquarie University, Australia. With over sixty academic articles, four books and a TED talk, she dedicates her teaching, research, and knowledge to creating impact and enabling others to find meaningfulness and purpose.
Warren Ward is a Brisbane-based psychiatrist. His first book, Lovers of Philosophy: How the Intimate Lives of Seven Philosophers Shaped Modern Thought (Ockham, 2022), was a number one best seller on Amazon’s philosophy list and at Avid Reader Bookstore. He has been shortlisted for the New Philosopher Writer’s Award 12 times, winning the award in 2016 and 2019.