Truth, disorder and optimism is the theme for this year’s annual Integrity 20 forum which begins on Wednesday 18th October.

Bringing together some of the most courageous and proactive thinkers, the forum will articulate and communicate ideas exploring societies’ ongoing crises in a time of unparalleled global transformation.

Griffith University’s fourth annual Integrity 20 is highlighted by a lecture to be delivered by former Ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleichwhom former Prime Minister Paul Keating famously remarked was the ‘best US Ambassador ever sent to Australia.’

Previously serving as Special Counsel to President Obama in the White House, the 24th Ambassador to Australia (2009-2013) had also earned the moniker of ‘Obama’s Superman’ for his outstanding civil service over many years.

Mr Bleich’s lecture is titled‘Fame, brand, spin and debt – Facing up to the slow violence of moral neglect’ and will be delivered in the Queensland Conservatorium on the night of 18th October as Integrity 20’s 2017 program begins.

Pro Vice Chancellor (Arts, Education and Law) Professor Paul Mazerolle said this year’s program will shine a light on a range of complex global issues and challenges.

“The idea behind Integrity 20 is to foster public debate and discussion addressing crucial societal issues.

“There is so much uncertainty on so many levels. We need to start making sense of what is around us and what lies ahead before moving forward,” Professor Mazerolle said.

Two full days of lectures, roundtables and debates begins from Thursday, October 19.