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You Say You Want a Revolution

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at Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne

The Arab Spring

Presented in partnership with the Melbourne Festival.

Since December of last year, across the Middle East, dictatorial regimes have toppled and people power has triumphed. But what does this much-heralded wave of revolutionary fervour mean in the longer term? Amidst the strikes and protests, demonstrations and civil uprisings, is the ‘Arab Spring’ a turning point for resistance movements around the world, and what are the implications for other entrenched conflicts in the region?

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Portrait of Robert Bowker

Robert Bowker

Dr Robert Bowker is a specialist on Middle East and Islamic issues and an Adjunct Professor at Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies until December 2012 (ANU).

Portrait of Samah Hadid

Samah Hadid

Samah Hadid is the National Director of The Global Poverty Project. She has campaigned widely on social justice and women’s rights issues.

Portrait of Hamish Macdonald

Hamish Macdonald

Hamish Macdonald is Senior Foreign Correspondent on the Ten Network’s 6pm with George Negus. He shares hosting duties with Hugh Riminton in George’s absence.

Portrait of Fethi Mansouri

Fethi Mansouri

Professor Fethi Mansouri, Director of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, holds a Chair in Migration and Intercultural Relations, School of International and Political Studies, Deakin University.

Portrait of Rima Ahmad Alaadeen

Rima Ahmad Alaadeen

Her Excellency, Mrs Rima Ahmad Alaadeen, is the Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to Australia, having taken up this post in 2010.

You Say You Want a Revolution

Presented by Melbourne Festival and Wheeler Centre

The Wheeler Centre and Melbourne Festival join forces to present a series of talks exploring some of the ideas that underpin and inform this year’s Festival program. Revolution, insurrection, protest and upheaval are an inevitable part of any social or political structure, but at what cost and to what end?

Over three nights we hear the voices of resistance and struggle, and explore the need for revolutionary thinking and radical action. If the late, great Gil Scott Heron was right, the revolution will not be televised, but it will be discussed at length.


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