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Alain de Botton – The News: A User’s Manual

FRI 28 MARCH, 2014

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse in partnership with QUT

From the author of The Art of Travel, a thought-provoking presentation looking at the manic and peculiar position that news has achieved in our lives.

Alain de Botton joins Brisbane audiences for one-night only as he discusses his new book The News which mixes snippets of current news with philosophical reflections, blending the timeless with the contemporary, and bringing the wisdom of thousands of years of culture to bear on our contemporary obsessions and neuroses.

What does the news do to our brains, our souls, and our views of one another?

We spend an inordinate amount of time checking on it. It molds how we view reality, we’re increasingly addicted to it on our luminous gadgets, we check it every morning when we wake up and every evening before we sleep—and yet the news has rarely been the focus of an accessible, serious, saleable, book-length study. Until now.

The News ranges across news categories—from politics to murders, from economics to celebrities, from the weather to paparazzi shows—in search of answers to the questions: “What do we want from this?” and “Is it doing us any good?”

After reading de Botton’s The News and enjoying this insightful evening we’ll never look at a celebrity story, the report on a tropical storm, or the sex scandal of a politician in quite the same way again.

Books will be for sale at the event and Alain de Botton will be signing copies.

Where: Lecture Theatre, F509 QUT Kelvin Grove, Victoria Park Rd, Kelvin Grove
Parking: Off Boundary St in F Block carpark

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Known for
Alain de Botton is the author of essays on themes ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His best-selling books include Religion for Atheists, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Art of Travel and The Architecture of Happiness. He lives in London, where he is the founder and chairman of The School of Life and the creative director of Living Architecture.

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Common Questions

How do I get to QUT Kelvin Grove?
The talk will be held in Lecture Theatre, F509 QUT Kelvin Grove, Victoria Park Rd, Kelvin Grove. Located only two kilometres or 19 minutes north of the Brisbane CBD there are free buses that run from the Gardens Point campus to the Kelvin Grove campus throughout the day. There is also a bus way that stops at QUT Kelvin Grove with numerous buses including the 66, which runs every 15 mins. A map of the Kelvin Grove campus can be found here.

Is parking available?
There is limited parking around the Kelvin Grove campus so it is best to use the paid parking, which can be found off Boundary St in F Block carpark. More information can be found here.

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About QUT Kelvin Grove
The award-winning Kelvin Grove campus features the innovative Creative Industries Precinct and the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), a world class education and research facility. The campus is also home to QUT International College.

The campus is part of the Kelvin Grove Urban Village, which includes student apartment complexes, a supermarket, shops and restaurants.