Broadly Speaking: Power, Privilege and Pushing Back

Broadly Speaking: Power, Privilege and Pushing Back

In our first Broadly Speaking event, Aileen Moreton-Robinson talked about the blinkers of white feminism, and explored alternative ways for women to conceive of freedom and power. In this follow-up panel discussion, we brought together exceptional minds from Australia and abroad to expand on the themes of sovereignty, race and activism.

Hosted by journalist and podcaster Amy McQuire, our panellists – including lawyer and human rights advocate Nyadol Nyuon, author of All Our Relations, Tanya Talaga and author of White Negroes, Lauren Michele Jackson – discuss feminist and anti-racist political activity online and on the streets today. 

What can feminism learn from other movements for justice? How do demands for a more rigorous and inclusive feminism – especially in popular culture and on social media – play out in people's real lives and everyday experiences? How are trends in activism helpful and how are they harmful? And what should we make of the proliferation of black-square Instagram posts and anti-racist reading lists?

Our online bookseller for this event is Neighbourhood Books.

The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family.


Portrait of Amy McQuire

Amy McQuire

Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman from Rockhampton in central Queensland. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Queensland into media representations of violence against Aboriginal women. She is also a freelance writer and journalist.

Amy has been the editor of the National Indigenous Times and Tracker magazine, was a former NITV National News political correspondent and journalist, senior reporter for New Matilda and producer for 98.9 FM in Brisbane. Recently, Amy was the Indigenous Affairs Reporter at Buzzfeed News Australia

Over the past four years, Amy has co-hosted the investigative podcast ‘Curtain’ with human rights lawyer Martin Hodgson. The podcast puts forth the case for innocence for Aboriginal man Kevin Henry, who was wrongfully convicted in 1992.

Portrait of Nyadol Nyuon

Nyadol Nyuon

Nyadol Nyuon is a commercial litigator with Arnold Bloch Leibler and a community advocate.  

She was born in a refugee camp in Itang, Ethiopia, and raised in Kakuma Refugee camp, Kenya. At eighteen, Nyadol moved to Australia as a refugee. Since then she has completed a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne.

Outside her work, and through the experiences of her family and community, Nyadol has developed an interest in issues concerning human rights, multiculturalism, the settlement of refugees and those seeking asylum. She has volunteered extensively in relation to these areas has worked with governmental and non-governmental organisations. 

In both 2011 and 2014, Nyadol was nominated as one of the hundred most influential African Australians. She is currently a board member of the Melbourne University Social Equity Institute.

Portrait of Tanya Talaga

Tanya Talaga

Tanya Talaga is the acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, a multi-award winner including the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities READ: Young Adult/Adult Award. The book was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction.

Talaga was the 2018 CBC Massey Lecturer, and is the author of the US bestseller All Our Relations. For more than 20 years, she has been a journalist at the Toronto Star. Talaga is of Polish and Ojibwe descent. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation. She lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.

Portrait of Lauren Michele Jackson

Lauren Michele Jackson

Dr. Lauren Michele Jackson teaches in the Departments of English and African American Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue… and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation. Her work (research, criticism, essays, and – on occasion – poetry) has appeared in the Atlantic, the Awl, Feminist Media Studies, Hayden’s Ferry Review, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, the Point magazine, Rolling Stone, Spoon River Poetry Review, New York Magazine’s Vulture, and the Washington Post among other places. She is currently at work on a second book, with Amistad Press.