The Revolution of Hope

Nexus Conference 2021

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Saturday 20 November, 10.00 AM – 4.00 PM, National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

In the past corona year, we heard a collective cry for radical change echoing around the globe. We witnessed many voices of protest against systemic racism, the destruction of the earth, the resurgence of fascism and government corruption. A year later, the revolutionary fire is still fiercely glowing. Revolutions can bring about epoch-making transformations. But the spirit of revolution does not always lead to a revolution of the spirit. Where do we find, amid all our contemporary crises, the revolutionary hope, courage and creativity to shape new worlds? Which revolutionary forces are now underway? How do our revolutionary ideals relate to the unruly realities that we are confronted with? And what needs to be done to elevate the call for freedom into a deeply felt democratic reality?

Standard 95,00
Nexus member (max. 4) 60,00
Youth (under 30) 40,00
Connect member (under 35) 25,00
Nexus Friends free
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10.10 am Welcome Rob Riemen

10.15 am I. Revolution! The political crises of our time
Coffee house conversation with Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Giuseppe Conte, Baroness Minouche Shafik, Wole Soyinka, Mary L. Trump, Kehinde Andrews, Patrick Deneen and Haris Vlavianos, moderated by Rob Riemen.

12.25 pm Lunch with complimentary refreshments

1.15 pm II. Hope Regained. A New World
Coffee house conversation with Senator Jeff Flake, Patti Smith, Father Antonio Spadaro, Colombe Cahen-Salvador, Anand Patwardhan, Nadia Harhash, Robert Cooper and Leon Wieseltier, moderated by Rob Riemen.

3.40 pm Songs of Hope. Patti Smith & Lenny Kaye

4.00 pm Reception and book signing session

A proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test is required