We are children of the Enlightenment, that fruitful period of the 17th and 18th centuries that gave birth to our modern ways.
Surely now we have come this far there is no turning back? Not according to the five distinguished speakers on this forum. The ideas of the Enlightenment need to be protected, they say, lest they be dismantled bit-by-bit in a new climate of fear.
Professor of Sociology, University of Kent, UK
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW
Dr Arthur Herman
Writer and former Professor of History
Dr Jonathan Le Cocq
School of Music, University of Canterbury, UK
Ayaan Hirshi Ali
Writer and cultural commentator