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Soul Searching in a Post-Truth Age

Amal Awad & Sarah Krasnostein

Moderated by Fenella Kernebone

In times of uncertainty, we humans look for answers, and today's seekers have a well-stocked spiritual marketplace at their disposal. From healers to spirit guides to yoni eggs, is the continued appeal of alternative practices pointing to a more fundamental need?

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“When we look at our wildly diverging beliefs...we’re looking into a fundamental aspect of the human experience” 
Sarah Krasnostein

What does it mean to be a believer?

Humans have always sought meaning in everything from the seasons to the stars. But now in our post-truth age, what do we believe in?

SBS journalist Amal Awad grew up in an Arab Muslim family, keenly aware of unseen forces at play in the real world, like magical jinn. Her quest for peace and empowerment led her to explore religious devotion and New Age spirituality - from mediums to spirit guides, to New Age love and light. 

Award-winning author Sarah Krasnostein investigates faith in her latest book, The Believer: Encounters with love, death & faith. From a ghost-hunting academic to a Buddhist death doula and a geologist who believes the universe was created in six days, she meets people united by the desires that drive spiritual convictions.

You're invited to join these two fantastic writers as they share what they've found in their search for answers.

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More about Amal Awad...

Amal Awad is a journalist, author and screenwriter. She has contributed to ELLE, Frankie, Meanjin, Going Down Swinging, Daily Life, SBS Life and Junkee. Amal has also produced and presented for ABC Radio National. Amal is the author of five books, including two novels, with a third novel due for release in 2021. She has also contributed to various anthologies. In My Past Life I was Cleopatra: A Sceptical Believer's Journey through the New Age is her latest book.

More about Sarah Krasnostein...

Sarah Krasnostein is a writer admitted to legal practice in Australia and America, and holds a doctorate in criminal law. Her first book, The Trauma Cleaner, won the Victorian Prize for Literature, the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Non- Fiction, the Australian Book Industry Award for General Non-Fiction and the Dobbie Literary Award. It jointly won the Douglas Stewart Prize for non-fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications and academic journals in Australia, the UK and America.

More about Fenella Kernebone...

Fenella has recently joined the University of Sydney as Head of Programming for Sydney Ideas and is Head of Curation for TEDxSydney leading the programming for one of the largest TEDx events in the world. She is an in-demand MC, speaker, moderator and a noted television and radio presenter and producer. Programs have included Art Nation & Sunday Arts on ABC TV; The Movie Show on SBS TV; By Design on Radio National; and her long running cult electronic music show, The Sound Lab on Triple J. She is on the Board of the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

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