Is Tradition Worth Defending? Weighing the Value of Tradition in a Free Society - Andrew West 8 NOVEMBER 2012

Andrew_WestAs part of The Centre for Independent Studies’ Religion and the Free Society Program we are pleased to announce a special event featuring Radio National broadcaster Andrew West.

Andrew is well-known for his Religion and Ethics ABC radio program and will examine how and why tradition is important in both the development and maintenance of a free and open society. CIS Research Fellow Peter Kurti will host the event.

Andrew West is a seasoned journalist and broadcaster. He has been a senior reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald and The Australian and is the author of two books, Bob Carr: A Self Made Man (Harper Collins, 2003) and Inside The Lifestyles of the Rich and Tasteful (Pluto, 2006). His piece on Kevin Rudd’s faith was featured in The Best Australian Political Writing (MUP, 2008) and his profile of the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, was a cover story in The Monthly in Dec-Jan 2005-06. His work has also appeared in leading international publications including The Monthly, The New York Times, The South China Morning Post and The Christian Science Monitor. In 2009 he presented and produced The New Politics for RN’s Background Briefing. In 1997 and 1998, Andrew was an editor and reporter with a news agency in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BA Hons., politics and modern history) and Columbia University in New York City (MSc.), which he attended on an International Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship.