IPA Encounters is a live and online series of conversations with John Roskam, IPA Senior Fellow, and the best writers, thinkers and advocates for freedom in Australia and around the world.

All episodes are hosted on a dedicated YouTube channel here (or by clicking the button below).

Episodes from 2024 include special guests:

  • Joanna Williams – Sp!ked Online Writer
  • Doug Stokes – Author of Campus Culture Wars and the Decline of the West
  • David McGrogan – Author of Critical Theory and Human Rights: From Compassion to Coercion

Joanna Williams
Everything wrong with democracy
Wednesday, 17 April 2024 –

Joanna Williams is a prolific writer for spiked! Online and major news outlets around the world. Joanna is also the author of How Woke Won: The Elitist Movement That Threatens Democracy, Tolerance and Reason. Joanna spent a number of years as an academic and is now the founder of her own think tank, Cieo, which tackles the issues that universities and the media increasingly shy away from.

Professor Doug Stokes
The war on our culture and how to win it
Wednesday, 3 April 2024 –

Professor Stokes is the Director of Strategy and Security Institute at the University of Exeter, senior advisor at the Legatum Institute and an advisory council member of the Free Speech Union. Professor Stokes is also the author of Campus Culture Wars and the Decline of the West, as well as a recent significant paper on why Canada should join AUKUS, which was endorsed by IPA Distinguished Fellow, Tony Abbott. Doug has also been published in journals around the world and has appeared on Conversations with John Anderson.

David McGrogan
Freedom, democracy and the rise of authoritarianism
Wednesday, 20 March 2024 –

David McGrogan is an Associate Professor of Law at Northumbria Law School. His extensive writing and research on freedom has been published by The Daily Skeptic, The Critic, Law & Liberty and the Brownstone Institute. David is also the author of Critical Theory and Human Rights: From Compassion to Coercion, which explains that human rights today has very little to do with personal freedom. His Substack, News from Uncibal introduces readers to political philosophy and freedom in both a historical and modern world context.

2023 Encounters

Isabel Oakeshott
Truth, Untruths, and the Modern Media
Thursday, 13 July 2023

Isabel Oakeshott is one of Britain’s leading political journalists and works at The Telegraph in the UK. She is the author of the biography of David Cameron and assisted the former UK health secretary, Matt Hancock, with the writing of his Pandemic Diaries. She also released 100,000 of Hancock’s text messages in what became known as the ‘Lockdown Files’.

Professor Matthew Goodwin
No Left Turn – The future of conservatism
Tuesday, 22 August 2023

Matthew Goodwin is Professor of Politics at the University of Kent in the UK and is one of the world’s most original thinkers on the centre-right. He argues that modern political parties are dominated by members of the cultural elite who are out-of-touch with mainstream voters who are concerned about the massive cultural and societal changes sweeping through the West.

Chris Uhlmann
Life after politics, media, and Canberra
Thursday, 19 September 2023

Chris Uhlmann is the author of a new children’s book, The Useless Tune, that talks about a magpie’s song and ‘the essential value of things that nourish the spirit’. He worked in journalism for 30 years including as political editor of The 7.30 Report, ABC Radio AM, and Nine News. He is the co-author of a series of political thrillers that have been adapted for television as Secret City.

Martin Gurri
Freedom of Speech vs Media, Government and Corporations
Friday, 3 March 2023

Martin Gurri is a Visiting Research Fellow at George Mason Unisversity in Virginia, US.  He worked at the CIA for 28 years analysing global politics and the media and is the author of  The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium first published in 2014 that foreshadowed Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump.

Dr Marie Kawthar Daouda
Stopping the Cancellation of Western Civilisation
Thursday, 16 March 2023

Dr Marie Kawthar Daouda is an academic in English and French literature at Oriel College, Oxford University, UK.  She has written extensively on education including on ‘Shakespeare rises above efforts to cancel him’, ‘Latin and Greek are antidotes to woke ideology’, and ‘History will judge those who emerged from lockdown to fight Cecil Rhodes’.

Gerard Henderson
Can the mainstream media be trusted and be saved?
Wednesday, 19 April 2023

Gerard Henderson is the Executive Director of the Sydney Institute.  He is one of Australia’s most significant authors and writers.  His most recent book is Cardinal Pell, The Media Pile-On & Collective Guilt from Connor Court Publishing.