Lunchbox / Soapbox
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Unhappily, many people for whom language is a central part of their life’s work are a bit careless about the way they use it. Go into any court or any parliament any day and see whether you find the language inspiring, or even intelligible. If we were carpenters, we would probably leave our hammer and saw in the rain. The point of language is to convey meaning. Ideally, it should do so accurately. Not all writers honour this ideal. The purpose of language may be betrayed by carelessness, foolishness or malevolence, by representatives of big business, bureaucrats and politicians.
Julian Burnside will speak about each, and will finish with some recent reminders that language can be used powerfully and effectively if only we take enough care.
Julian Burnside AO QC is an Australian barrister who specialises in commercial litigation and is also deeply involved in human rights work, in particular in relation to refugees.
We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.
With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.
If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.