Program Category: Main Program Day 3


Main Program | Sanam Maher: A Woman Like Her

26 Oct 2019 09:00 /

In 2016, Pakistan’s first social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch was murdered: an ‘honor killing’ at the hands of her own brother. Journalist Sanam Maher was compelled to write Qandeel’s story. …

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Main Program | Behrouz Boochani and Omid Tofighian: No Friend But the Mountains

26 Oct 2019 09:00 /

Behrouz Boochani fled Iran in 2013, seeking asylum in Australia, and has been detained on Manus Island ever since. He wrote the award-winning No Friend But the Mountains via WhatsApp, …

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Main Program | Language Life Support

26 Oct 2019 09:00 /

There are an estimated 7,099 languages spoken in the world. Political persecution, a lack of preservation and globalization mean that every two weeks another dies. With each death we lose …

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Main Program | Precious Peatlands

26 Oct 2019 10:15 /

Indonesia has 36% of the world’s tropical peatlands. Home to tens of thousands of endangered species, and more effective at storing carbon than forests, this crucial habitat is under severe …

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Main Program | Domestic Spaces

26 Oct 2019 10:15 /

The domestic, the interior and the personal have traditionally been relegated to the realm of women’s writing, which in recent years has been dismissed as too small to attract significant …

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Main Program | Vice Up Your Life

26 Oct 2019 10:15 /

The world as we know it was built on bad behavior, from dance and debauchery to trash talk and tripping. Our panelists dig deep to uncover the many and magnificent …

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Main Program | You Can’t Be What You Can’t See

26 Oct 2019 11:45 /

You can’t be what you can’t see – for children, stories play a fundamental role in illuminating things once unseen and recognizing subjects once taboo. Superheroes and everyday heroes, underdogs …

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Main Program | Susan Orlean: We Are All Storytellers

26 Oct 2019 11:45 /

Susan Orlean’s curiosity has fueled a career researching flowers, famous dogs and fires. A bestselling author who has written prolifically for The New York Times, her latest book, The Library …

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Main Program | Reza Aslan: God: A Human History

26 Oct 2019 11:45 /

Born into a Shia Muslim family that migrated to the US after fleeing the Iranian Revolution, Reza Aslan converted to Christianity as a teen and then returned to Islam. He …

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Main Program | Read to Me: Poetry

26 Oct 2019 13:00 /

We’ve gathered a stellar line up of UWRF’s finest to regale you with all things poetic. There’s nothing left for you to do but pick up some lunch from a …

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Main Program | The Unsung Heroes of Literature

26 Oct 2019 13:00 /

Translators are the unsung heroes of literature. Transposing literal meaning never cuts it: translators are always reliant on context, making constant calls of judgement. It’s because of their overlooked efforts …

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Main Program | Rewriting the Classics

26 Oct 2019 13:00 /

Dante’s Divine Comedy woven into a story about human trafficking. Pride and Prejudice as a Muslim rom com in modern-day Toronto. The ‘Malay trollope’ in W. Somerset Maugham’s The Four …

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Main Program | Compete or Collaborate?

26 Oct 2019 14:30 /

Living within a community can stoke the embers of our competitive side. From creatives to women to entrepreneurs, our panel of team players urges us to consider shifting that competitive …

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Main Program | Tony Wheeler: On Travel

26 Oct 2019 14:30 /

Described by The New York Times as “the trailblazing patron saint of the world’s backpackers and adventure travelers,” Lonely Planet Co-founder Tony Wheeler’s new book On Travel is a celebration …

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Main Program | Peripheral Vision

26 Oct 2019 14:30 /

A nation of more than 17,000 islands yet – just like with its presidents – when it comes to publishing those from outside Java are too often overlooked. But the …

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Main Program | Tasting Memories

26 Oct 2019 15:45 /

“Food is the best way to explore a culture,” says our Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe. For these foodie scribes, writing about it is also the best way to explore …

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Main Program | Homegrown Heroes

26 Oct 2019 15:45 /

Indonesian comic superheroes have long been in the stranglehold of foreign character translations. But the Marvel Cinematic Universe is creating demand for local superheroes, along with Gundala, an upcoming film …

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Main Program | Talking ‘Bout a Revolution

26 Oct 2019 15:45 /

Countries on the precipice of revolution make for fascinating literary fodder. Travel back to times a-changin’ for Indonesia, Angola, South Africa and Zimbabwe – from colonial regime to revolutionary uprising …

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