Hate Spin Book Talk & Discussion


5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Singapore Institute of International Affairs
60A Orchard Road #04-03 (Level 4M) Tower 1, The Atrium @Orchard, International Involvement Hub

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Image taken from http://mothership.sg/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/cherian-george.jpg

We are organising an outing and discussion to “Hate Spin: Dr. Cherian George”, organised by Singapore Institute of International Affairs. Dr Cherian George is a Singapore-born and Hong Kong-based academic and writer. “Hate Spin” is his latest book.


Date: Tuesday, 17th January 2017

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm (Registration at 5:30pm; Talk begins at 6pm)

Venue: Singapore Institute of International Affairs
60A Orchard Road #04-03 (Level 4M) Tower 1
The Atrium @Orchard, International Involvement Hub
Singapore 238890

About Hate Spin: Singapore is a multicultural country, a modern democracy where people from all races and backgrounds are considered equal. But how can we preserve that unity? Events around the world have demonstrated that religious and racial tolerance can be fragile – identity can be a divisive force in politics, as shown by the tumultuous US Presidential election and protests in Jakarta against the city’s Governor. Dr. Cherian George argues that such conflicts are not an organic backlash against diversity – rather, they are being deliberately stirred up to mobilise support for political agendas. In Hate Spin, Cherian talks about strategic offense-taking as a means to mobilise supporters and coerce opponents. He describes how indignation can be “manufactured” by spin doctors to achieve certain goals.

More info: http://www.siiaonline.org/hate-spin-dr-cherian-george/

NOTE: The Humanist Society is NOT the organiser of the talk (6pm-7pm), but we are inviting the humanist community to the event as it’s of great importance to the freedom of expression. The humanists are only meeting AFTER the talk at our post-event discussion:


Date: Tuesday, 17th January 2017 (same day)
Time: 7:45pm – 9:30pm
Location: Hanis Cafe at National Library Building, 100 Victoria St, #01-01 National Library, National Library, 188064

The post-event discussion will be a casual gathering similar to our Humanist Cafe. Please approach our usual spot near back the Hanis. For those are unable to attend the talk in time, our volunteers will provide a summary.