The ADM Annual Public Lecture seeks to recognise and provide a platform for Christian women who demonstrate outstanding talent and leadership in their field, and whose work embodies a distinctive model for Christian public engagement.

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‘The Pleasures of Pessimism: On hope, culture and the end of the world’

It’s 2019, and many of us have a creeping sense that things are getting worse. The post-antibiotic age, late capitalism, populism, transhumanism, not to mention the cascading effects of climate change … are we more fearful than our ancestors? And should we be?

Join Dr Natasha Moore, one of Australia’s most distinctive public commentators on Christianity and culture, as she considers the stories we tell about the future, their net cultural effect, and the rationality or irrationality of hope.

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Dr Natasha Moore is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity (CPX). She has written for the mainstream media on topics that include politics, books, movies, domestic violence, food, Scripture in schools, war, Thanksgiving, death, taxes, and freedom of speech. She has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and is the author of Victorian Poetry and Modern Life: The Unpoetical Age, as well as the forthcoming For the Love of God: How the church is better and worse than you ever imagined, based on the CPX documentary of the same title.


2018

2018 ADM Public Lecture – Dr Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow    A video of Meredith’s lecture can be found  here .  In an era of fake news, echo chambers and tribal politics, the stories we tell ourselves have enormous power. Some diminish our sympathies and deepen divides. What kinds of stories help enrich our common life? Is it possible to transcend the culture war around religion in society? How does history help us re-imagine Australia now?

2018 ADM Public Lecture – Dr Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

A video of Meredith’s lecture can be found here.

In an era of fake news, echo chambers and tribal politics, the stories we tell ourselves have enormous power. Some diminish our sympathies and deepen divides. What kinds of stories help enrich our common life? Is it possible to transcend the culture war around religion in society? How does history help us re-imagine Australia now?

2017

ADM Public Lecture - Visiting Fellow Alissa Wilkinson   A video of Alissa's public lecture can be found  here.   For a long time, religion wasn’t a topic of concern on our screens and stages. In the past few years, that’s changed — but it doesn’t look like most people were expecting it to. Why are we suddenly obsessed with religion?  ADM’s 2017 Visiting Fellow, New York writer, critic and scholar Alissa Wilkinson, will take a tour through contemporary pop culture, uncovering the religious questions at the heart of our movies and TV shows.  Proudly supported by  Centre for Public Christianity (CPX)

ADM Public Lecture - Visiting Fellow Alissa Wilkinson

A video of Alissa's public lecture can be found here.

For a long time, religion wasn’t a topic of concern on our screens and stages. In the past few years, that’s changed — but it doesn’t look like most people were expecting it to. Why are we suddenly obsessed with religion?

ADM’s 2017 Visiting Fellow, New York writer, critic and scholar Alissa Wilkinson, will take a tour through contemporary pop culture, uncovering the religious questions at the heart of our movies and TV shows.

Proudly supported by Centre for Public Christianity (CPX)

2016

ADM Public Lecture - Visiting Fellow, Elizabeth Oldfield   A podcast of Elizabeth's public lecture can be found  here.   Elizabeth Oldfield was the 2016 ADM Visiting Fellow. Elizabeth is the Director of  Theos , the UK's leading religion and society think tank. Before joining Theos in August 2011, she had worked for the BBC in both television and radio, and also for the Church and Media Network. She has an MA in Theology from King's College London.

ADM Public Lecture - Visiting Fellow, Elizabeth Oldfield

A podcast of Elizabeth's public lecture can be found here.

Elizabeth Oldfield was the 2016 ADM Visiting Fellow. Elizabeth is the Director of Theos, the UK's leading religion and society think tank. Before joining Theos in August 2011, she had worked for the BBC in both television and radio, and also for the Church and Media Network. She has an MA in Theology from King's College London.

 

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