In a period of decaying social cohesion, brought about by an explosion of identity politics and marked social polarization, how do we rebuild social bonds and create a new shared story of “We,” while maintaining our sense of multiple belongings? Join us as Australian novelist and VP of PEN Center USA
David Francis and British-Turkish novelist and political scientist Elif Shafak unpack the “us” vs “them” rhetoric, revealing what lies beneath, while exploring how to navigate the political and cultural challenges of our turbulent times.
About Elif Shafak:
Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published seventeen books. Elif holds a PhD in political science and has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne’s College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. She is a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. An advocate for women’s rights, LGBT rights, and freedom of speech, Elif is an inspiring public speaker and twice a TED Global speaker. Elif contributes to major publications around the world and she has been awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2017, she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people who would make the world better. She has judged numerous literary prizes and is chairing the Wellcome Prize 2019. www.elifshafak.com