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at Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Spotlight Session: Peter Doherty

In Conversation with Jennifer Byrne

Professor Peter Doherty’s extraordinary scientific contribution was recognised in 1996 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine. In the following year he was made Australian of the Year. Through his books, A Light History of Hot Air and The Beginner’s Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize we learned that he was also a gifted storyteller and raconteur.

In partnership with the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Matter of Life and Death series of events focuses on some of the big issues in life, art and ideas.

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Who?

Portrait of Jennifer Byrne

Jennifer Byrne

Jennifer Byrne is a senior journalist and broadcaster who has worked in all arms of the media: print, radio and television.

Having done her cadetship at the Age and worked on Fleet Street in London, she was a founding reporter with Channel Nine’s Sunday programme and spent some 12 years traveling the world for 60 Minutes and as anchor for Foreign Correspondent.

She was publishing director of Reed Books, won national awards as a magazine columnist and, since May 2006, has hosted First Tuesday Book Club (now The Book Club) and presented literary specials for ABC1.

Portrait of Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering the nature of cellular immune defence, and continues to be involved in research directed at understanding and preventing the severe consequences of influenza virus infection. He was Australian of the Year in 1997, and has since been commuting between St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne.

He is a huge advocate for evidence-based reality in areas as diverse as childhood vaccination, global hunger and anthropogenic climate change. In an effort to communicate more broadly, he has published four books for general readers. The Knowledge Wars is the latest.

Matter of Life and Death - MIAF

In partnership with the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Matter of Life and Death series of events focuses on some of the big issues in life, art and ideas.

Over six sessions, the Wheeler Centre comes to the Festival with big conversations about big questions. The first three sessions are Panel Discussions covering Ethics and Morality, Belief and Spirituality and The Written Death. These events are followed by three Spotlight Sessions focusing on individual writers and thinkers and their attitudes to life and death.

Details of the guest speakers will be available here closer to the event.