PEACEtalks invites you to the Sydney book launch of Dr Mick Pope’s new book, “A Climate of Justice: Loving your neighbour in a warming world”. This is a chance to hear an introduction and excerpts read by the author, a panel discussion with other climate justice experts and practitioners, and an open Q&A session on an important and urgent topic. Signed copies will be available for purchase on the night at a special discount price.
This event is the first in a PEACEtalks double-header for the evening: two events on two distinct yet connected topics. The book launch with Mick Pope begins on 2 December at 5.30pm, followed by a substantial dinner at 7pm, before our a second speaker, Liam Bray, explores the political and ethical implications of artificial intelligence at 7.30pm (more details soon). Please note the earlier than usual start time of the book launch.
About the book: What does it mean to love our neighbours in a world that is warming? Christians are called to seek justice as a reflection God’s character and an expression of care for those around us. Yet the list of injustices can seem overwhelming: inequality; modern slavery; the refugee crisis; the ways in which indigenous people around the world are treated and mistreated, including in this land; and so many more. What does climate change have to do with these? Through the lens of the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Dr Mick Pope argues that our warming world links these and other justice issues and that we cannot address them in isolation.
About the speaker: Mick Pope has a PhD in Meteorology from Monash University and lectures in meteorology. He is Professor of Environmental Theology at Missional University, and an adjunct lecturer at Eastern College. Mick is the author of A Climate of Hope: Church and Mission in a Warming World, with Claire Dawson.
A.I. and the Artist: creative possibilities, dystopian futures
For the second talk in our December PEACEtalks double-header we will be hearing from Liam Bray on the germaine topic of artificial intelligence (A.I.) and its possible cultural, political and social implications.
While commentators, scientists, artists and novelists have rightly warned the public about the possible dire consequences of the rise of A.I., many see A.I as having the potential for positive cultural developments. In his talk Liam will be focusing on the history of algorithmic art and design and how reflecting on a historical account of humans working creatively with machines could serve as an antidote to the kinds of dystopian narratives we see emerging through mass surveillance and the commodification of social interaction.
About the speaker: Liam Bray is a creative technologist and associate lecturer in design computing at The University of Sydney. His research in the field of human computer interaction looks at the role of new technologies such as artificial intelligence in shaping new forms of art and design.
About PEACE: PEACEtalks is a monthly event hosted by Paddington Anglican Church aimed at serving the community by promoting and cultivating deep conversations about life, the world and everything. ‘PEACE’ stands for ‘political, ethical, artistic & cultural engagement’. As such, our events seek to take all of these areas of our shared humanity seriously in a world where such things are often marginalized. We also seek to demonstrate the ways in which spiritual and theological reflection enable us to look at all of these important areas afresh. All welcome!