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F = Fail

Adam Tooze
Chaired by Ann Mossop
Sun 18 September 4:00pm
Sun 18 September 4:00pm
If we have failed to learn from history in our attempts to make a better world, can we retake the test?

The 21st century was supposed to be better than this.  As we confront the impacts of climate change, wars old and new, the pandemic and its aftermath, and a dangerously fragile global financial system, it’s time to ask ‘Why can’t we get our act together and solve the issues that matter?’ As we find ourselves dealing with a multitude of challenges that we predicted would arrive, but seem unable to prevent, acclaimed historian Adam Tooze looks back to see a better future.

[Tooze] looks at trade, currency, equities, wage, employment, debt and somehow makes sense of it – not just in the moment but in the sweep of time.
The Guardian

Adam Tooze

Prize-winning historian, writer and economic commentator, Adam Tooze combines deep historical expertise with up to date economic analysis to answer questions about current and future political power and economical shifts that could be used to navigate in our dynamic contemporary world. Tooze teaches at Columbia University where he is the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History and the Director of the European Institute. He has advised governments and ministries and toured the world as a lecturer. His most recent books, Shutdown: How COVID Shook the World’s Economy (2021) is a tour-de-force account of 2020, the year that changed everything.


Ann Mossop

Ann Mossop is the Director of the Centre for Ideas at UNSW Sydney, a new program designed to contribute to public conversations about important ideas and issues. Previously, as Head of Talks and Ideas at the Sydney Opera House from 2010-2017, she established the Opera House’s extensive talks and ideas program and lead key projects like the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and All about Women. Throughout her career she has been involved with important initiatives to bring the work of writers and thinkers to broader audiences, from the pioneering series Writers in the Park to the re-establishment of the Sydney Writers’ Festival.