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Working with Words: Rick Morton
Rick Morton is the Melbourne-based social affairs writer at the Australian. We caught up with Rick to chat about Kurt Vonnegut, The Little Prince and hard-headedness versus hard-heartedness.
Technology and the Brain
Socrates railed against the invention of the alphabet, worrying that the written word would erode human memory. Imagine how he would have felt about Google Maps and iPhone calendar alerts.
Technological revolutions have always spawned both opportunity and panic. Today, digital technology is evolving at an unprecedented rate, and research into its effects on the human brain is struggling to…
Politics and Parenting in Palestine: Laila El-Haddad
For years, Palestinian writer Laila El-Haddad has been documenting daily life in Gaza. She’s done it with a journalist’s eye for detail, a chef’s instinct for taste and smell and a mother’s hopes and anxieties for the future.
As a reporter, El-Haddad’s work has appeared in the Washington Post, New Statesman and the Guardian and on the BBC, CNN…
The Longform Society
Meeting #1: Robots
In our first meeting of the Longform Society we’ll read a selection of compelling, entertaining and occasionally terrifying pieces on the subject of robots and artificial intelligence.
Will humans have moral obligations to robots? Are we guilty of ‘origin chauvinism’ if we believe only natural phenomena can exhibit consciousness? And is this line of thinking a sinister cousin to racism…
Represent: Paul Daley and Jack Latimore on Black Stories and Media
How do we write about race in Australia today? Does the race of the writer affect the way stories are written, received and interpreted? And what does it mean when a white person writes about Indigenous Australia?
Two writers from different backgrounds, Paul Daley and Jack Latimore, will pose and tackle these questions.The pair, who admire each other’s work, both…
Lindy West on Feminism, Fat and Fighting Trolls
In her first book, Shrill, Lindy West offers this memorable take on the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland: ‘She is the perfect feminazi caricature: fat, loud, irrational, violent, overbearing, constantly hitting a hedgehog with a flamingo. Oh, shit. She taught me everything I know.’
A raucous, unflinching and hilarious feminist voice, Lindy West is best known for…
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Focus on Women Behind the Camera
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What happens when women get behind a camera? How do they use cameras to cast a fresh look on the world around them? Organised by the Melbourne Centre of International PEN to mark 2011’s International Women’s Day, ‘She Must be Seeing Things’ featured an illuminating presentation by film critic and academic Deb Verhoeven. Exploring the relationship between activism and filmmaking…
Secrets & Lies
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Love him or loathe him, Julian Assange has, with WikiLeaks, irrevocably changed the nature of journalism and governance. As a consequence, a host of similar whistleblowing sites have sprung up, all hoping to emulate WikiLeaks' success. What are the implications for the media, the law, governments, the intelligence fraternity and the wider community?
In this video, our panel of guests…
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