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The F Word Address: Caroline Wilson
At the first F Word Address in November – the Wheeler Centre's inaugural feminist year in review – Caroline Wilson reflects on the year that was. How have the last 12 months altered or entrenched her personal sense of feminism? How do milestones, such as the launch of the AFL Women’s League this year, bolster her sense of progress? What does she see as the wins this year for Australian women and what are the ongoing challenges?
Caroline Wilson delivers the inaugural F Word Address — (Photo: Shannon Hick)
Brave, bold and tenacious – Wilson is a star of Australian sports journalism and she knows a thing or two about blazing trails. Who better to deliver the Wheeler Centre’s inaugural F Word Address – an annual event that will be part feminist stocktake, part personal reflection, from an outstanding Australian woman.
Starting her career in the early 1980s, Caroline Wilson has won many significant firsts, including first female recipient of the AFL Gold Media award. In recent years she’s won praise – and gained a few powerful enemies – for her fearless opinion writing on the Essendon supplements scandal. Throughout her career at the Age, she’s won a Walkley Award, a Graham Perkin Award, a Melbourne Press Club Quill Award and if there was an award for staring down reactionary nonsense – she definitely would have won that too.
The F Word Address: Caroline Wilson
At the first F Word Address in November – the Wheeler Centre's inaugural feminist year in review – Caroline Wilson reflects on the year that was. How have the last 12 months altered or entrenched her personal sense of feminism? How do milestones, such as the launch of the AFL Women’s League this year, bolster her sense of progress? What…
Naomi Klein in Conversation
In Australia to receive the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize, Naomi Klein joins Aamer Rahman for a conversation at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne. What are the specifics of Klein’s ideas for a new economic model? In the Australian context, how does Klein see climate action intersecting with other social justice causes, such as the Indigenous land rights movement? And how…
Naomi Klein in Conversation
In Australia to receive the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize, Naomi Klein joins Aamer Rahman for a conversation at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne. What are the specifics of Klein’s ideas for a new economic model? In the Australian context, how does Klein see climate action intersecting with other social justice causes, such as the Indigenous land rights movement? And how can the threat of climate change build unity and create momentum for change?
Aamer Rahman and Naomi Klein — (Photo: Shannon Hick)
For Klein, climate change represents a ‘civilisational wake-up call. A powerful message – spoken in the language of fires, floods, droughts, and extinctions – telling us that we need an entirely new economic model and a new way of sharing this planet.’
Provocative, polemical and resolute – Klein has dedicated herself to scrutinising the global economic system and imagining ways to make it cleaner, fairer and sustainable. With bestselling books including No Logo and The Shock Doctrine, the Canadian writer and activist has made arguments for a fundamental overhaul of the status quo.
Most recently, through her book and international campaign, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, Klein’s focus has been on the urgent question of climate change. At home in Canada, these ideas have found expression in the Leap Manifesto – an alliance of writers, artists and activists proposing urgent, radical restructure of trade and energy policy.
Presented in partnership with the Sydney Peace Foundation.
Question Time: Public vs Private Education
‘An investment in knowledge pays the best interest’, Benjamin Franklin said, and it seems most people agree that education is important. Unfortunately, we disagree on the details: what constitutes a good education? And who should pay for it?
Education reform has featured in the ambitions of all prime ministers in this last decade of revolving-door leadership. Most recently, Malcolm Turnbull has proposed a radical plan of turning over funding of public education from the federal government to the states.
Last year, University of Queensland published a widely publicised study, showing that private school education does not give students an academic edge over their public school counterparts. So, why do governments keep pouring money into them? And why do parents continue to make sacrifices to educate their kids privately? Is an education about more than academic results and, if so, what do private schools offer that public schools don’t? How much of this is about marketing and perception?
We unpack these questions, and more, in a full hour of audience Q&A. Hosted by Madeleine Morris with Monash University education researcher, David Zyngier; former Camberwell High principal, Elida Brereton; and Lucy Clark, author of Beautiful Failures.
Madeleine Morris and Lucy Clark
New News: Writer’s Block: Adblocking and Distribution
People want free content. Publishers want to pay their bills. Editors want to reach audiences. Brands want to reach customers. But people don’t want to see ads – and adblockers are seriously disrupting what may have been an imperfect but tolerable financial model for many publishers and audiences. So: how are media outlets dealing with different consumer tactics for avoiding ads, and grappling with the question of whether to abandon the web in favour of apps and other platforms? And how are advertisers and technology platforms trying to outsmart their publics?
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A Crisis of Political Economy
By George Friedman, Stratfor Global Intelligence
“Classical political economists like Adam Smith or David Ricardo never used the term ‘economy’ by itself. They always used the term ‘political economy.’ For classical economists, it was impossible to understand politics without economics or economics without politics. The two fields are certainly different but they are also intimately linked. The use of the term ‘economy’ by itself…
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