Public Lecture by John Ralston Saul


Public intellectual and globalisation critic to talk on "It's Broke: How Can We Fix It?"

Start Date

27th Aug 2012 7:00pm

End Date

27th Aug 2012 8:30pm


Stanley Burbury Lecture Theatre, University Centre, Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay campus

RSVP / Contact Information

Please RSVP by email to or phone 6226 2521


View  a recording of this lecture on Channel UTAS

The reinvention of the world - It's Broke: How Can We Fix It? 

Australia has avoided the worst of the economic turmoil of recent years but economic insecurity, social inequality and political discontent are rife, while in many other parts of the world there are signs that familiar economic, social and political systems are breaking down. How do we understand these strange and uncertain times? How can we use this understanding to build a world that makes more sense? The Evatt Foundation has invited the celebrated author and essayist John Ralston Saul back to Australia to share his insights on the world we live in today. John Ralston Saul's Hobart address is entitled "It's broke: can we fix it?"

Photo of John Ralston Saul

John Ralston Saul's works have been translated into 22 languages in 30 countries. He features in the Utne Reader's list of the world's 100 leading thinkers and visionaries, has been declared a "prophet" by Time magazine, and is the President of PEN International. Saul holds a Ph.D in history from King's College (London), has been awarded 17 honorary degrees, is a Companion of the Order of Canada and Chevalier in the Order des Arts et des Lettres of France, and the Patron of PLAN, a cutting edge organisation serving people with disabilities. His most well known books are Voltaire's B astards: the Dictatorship of Reason in the West (1992), The Unconscious Civilisation (1995) and The Collapse of Globalism and the Reinvention of the World (2005, reissued in 2009). His new book is a novel, Dark Diversions (2012), a black comedy on nouveau riche Americans.


While in Australia, Saul will be launching his first novel in fifteen years. Dark Diversions is a black comedy about people with too much money and not enough sense.  Saul will available to sign copies of his book following the lecture.


John Ralston Saul's visit is to Australia is supported by the Evatt Foundation.