What’s the ‘good’ in the good fight? Questions for ethical thinking in strange times
If we peel back religion, politics, economics and other big players in our collective pursuit of the ‘common good’ … what do we end up with? How are our ideas of goodness formed – and can they ever be agreed upon?
As globalisation and technology draw the world closer together, they’ve also revealed chasms in how we relate to each other…
Why be good? Questions of work, love and feminism
While Roxane Gay has popularised the notion of being a ‘bad feminist’, one might ask: what does a good feminist look like? How about a good woman, parent, lover, worker? Why be good, anyway?
In a broad, inclusive and multi-generational discussion covering the soft corners and spiked edges of today’s feminism, Meghan Daum, Jane Caro, Geraldine Brooks, Nakkiah Lui and…
Mary Norris and Jane Caro: Why does ‘i’ come before ‘e’, except after ‘c’?
Word nerds – this one’s for you. The New Yorker is famed as a haven for the hardcore; a literary institution with a mythically meticulous devotion to grammar and its rules for use.
Copy editor and grammar guru Mary Norris has been at the heart of The New Yorker’s cherished linguistic traditions for more than thirty years. Her latest book …
Gregory Phillips: Should Australian cities bear Indigenous language names?
How can we achieve a deeper understanding of Australia’s Indigenous history – not just in the abstract, but in the specific contexts of where we live, work and play? If all Australians had a relationship with Indigenous language, how would that affect race relations more broadly? Medical anthropologist and Aboriginal health advisor Gregory Phillips shares his view in a 30…
Alan Brough: Why are so many people intimidated by poetry, but love song lyrics?
Lend me your ear, and I’ll read you a poem … agh, that’s not it! In a half hour snap lecture, Alan Brough explores poetry’s place in contemporary life – and why certain lyrics thrum our heartstrings and stir our imaginations.
The F Word: Class
‘Knowing that things could be worse should not stop us from trying to make them better,’ Sheryl Sandberg has argued, while calling for women to fight for senior leadership positions in male-dominated industries. But does a focus on breaking glass ceilings and ‘leaning in’ come at a cost of passing over issues of class or downplaying the effects of economic…
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