Disrupted 2019 launch

Friday 26 July 2019
  • ​The State Library's Disrupted Festival of Ideas is on July 27 and 28, 2019
  • Features Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Leigh Sales, Professor Geoff Gallop, Dr Tracy Westerman, Bri Lee and many other local and interstate speakers
  • More than 10,000 people are expected to attend Disrupted in person and online

This year the State Library's Disrupted Festival of Ideas will focus on the truth: can it be subjective, manipulated, changed by opinion and will it really set you free?

Keynote speakers, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Leigh Sales, Professor Geoff Gallop, Professor Tracy Westerman, Bri Lee, and a host of local and interstate guests feature in a program of events that will inspire conversation, provoke ideas and encourage change.

Through keynotes, panels and intimate conversations you are invited to join the debate on truth, discover how to harness your own truth, better understand your brain and to spot fake news. 

Learn the fascinating history behind mistruths, lies, and other forms of manipulation and how your local library can be a powerful weapon in the fight against truth distortion, bias and agenda.

2018 Western Australian Australian of the Year, Professor Tracy Westerman will tell the truth about Indigenous mental health, and Australia's most loved science communicator, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki will embark on a deep historical dive to uncover the mistruths that have infiltrated our everyday.

Award-winning journalist and author and host of ABC TV's 7:30, Leigh Sales, will discuss her new book, Any Ordinary Day, investigating how ordinary people endure the unthinkable and are forced to explore their own truth in the face of adversity.

All Disrupted events are free; however registration is required for some sessions. Keynote and panel sessions will be live-streamed via the State Library website or by following the State Library on Facebook. See the State Library website for more details, to download the full program and to register for sessions - http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au

Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:

"The Disrupted Festival is always an eagerly anticipated fixture on the cultural calendar for Perth and I am looking forward to some thought-provoking conversations and opinions.

"This year's festival explores the theme of truth, a relevant and timely theme for libraries and communities throughout the world.

"The State Library is visited by over one million people every year because it offers free access to information and ideas. The Library is committed to being a trusted source of information; connecting people to skills which help them critically evaluate information in an unregulated online world."

Minister's office - 6552 5400

Originally published on 26 July 2019 at https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/

Last updated on: 10 September 2019