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Join York Festival of Ideas in the magnificent setting of York Minster as its inspiring launch event shines a light on the festival theme, A World of Wonder, simultaneously exploring our wonderful world and the incredible wonder of humanity.
Join Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, award-winning journalist Misha Glenny and former Beirut hostage, humanitarian and author Terry Waite for a thought-provoking look at our wonderful world and the future of humanity.
Hosted by distinguished journalist Anne McElvoy of The Economist, the event will see the world-class speakers provide an enlightening and optimistic exploration of our extraordinary world and its people.
Martin, author of On the Future: Prospects for Humanity, will reveal why he believes the future of humanity is bound to the future of science, hinging on how successfully we harness technological advances to address our challenges. He explains how, if we are to use science to solve our problems while avoiding its dystopian risks, we must think rationally, globally, collectively, and optimistically about the long term.
In a wide-ranging talk, taking in everything from the Reformation to Brexit, Misha attempts to identify why the world finds itself in such a perilous situation just 30 years after one of the great moments of historical optimism – the revolutions in Eastern Europe. Hear about the rise of international organised crime and financial capitalism, cyber security, Trump, China and Brexit.
And former Beirut hostage, humanitarian and author Terry Waite reflects on his time in captivity and shares his experiences of forgiveness, peace and reconciliation.
The annual York Festival of Ideas is one of the largest free festivals in the UK, with the 2019 programme offering more than 150 free events between the 4 and 16 June.
For full details on the festival check www.yorkfestivalofideas.com. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.15pm start.
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