Dark Emu Revisited
With his 2014 book, Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe presented robust evidence that entrenched assumptions about Aboriginal hunter-gatherer societies were false. Nobody predicted the intense, ongoing interest that would follow. Drawing from the journals of European explorers, Pascoe showed that pre-settlement Aboriginal people engaged in various forms of agriculture.
Dark Emu itself was just the beginning of a series of…
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This Alien Nation
Vahideh Eisaei, Khalid Warsame, Maria Tumarkin, Hana Assafiri, Sofija Stefanovic, Alice Pung, Sam Pang and George Megalogenis
In an increasingly connected world where the question of immigration is often an anxious or heated one, being a newcomer can be uncomfortable, funny and weird. But it also makes for some great stories.
Each month at Joe's Pub in New York, This Alien Nation stages a celebration of immigration – inviting a handful of interesting, talented writers and performers to present stories about migration. Typically, those stories run the gamut from heartbreaking to hilarious – encountering language barriers, cultural missteps, rumbles, romance and more.
For the first time in Australia, host Sofija Stefanovic welcomes some of her favourite outsiders for a celebration of elsewhere and right here. Come for the stories and leave with some feelings – with restaurateur and Speed Date a Muslim founder Hana Assafiri, writer Khalid Warsame, journalist George Megalogenis, author and lawyer Alice Pung, musician Vahideh Eisaei and cultural historian and critic Maria Tumarkin.
Not Racist, But …: The Media and Racism
How does a person’s race or religion frame how the way they’re portrayed in the media? How do news narratives perpetuate racism?
In this panel – the final in a series of four talks curated by Santilla Chingaipe – Karen Farquharson, Usha Rodrigues, Anthony Kelly and Oishee Alam discuss racial sensationalism and stereotype in the Australian news today.
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Not Racist, But …: Why Are We Afraid of Being Called Racist?
Beverley Wang, Oishee Alam, Helen Ngo and Luke Pearson
How can we have constructive conversations about racism when everyone is so defensive? Are laws enough to tackle racism? And what’s the deal with identity politics? In this panel – the first in a series of four talks curated by Santilla Chingaipe – Beverley Wang, Luke Pearson, Helen Ngo and Oishee Alam explore definitions of racism, looking not just at overt examples but also implicit bias and systemic racism, with examples from Australian history.
PM’s Literary Awards Winners in Conversation
What is Australian literature? What was Australian literature? And where is our literary culture taking us?
Now in its tenth year, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards recognises outstanding merit in Australian literature. In this conversation, we explore what constitutes Australian literature in 2018. How do we imagine this country? Do books written by Australian authors reflect the obsessions, the divisions…
The Fifth Estate
Sally Warhaft and Derryn Hinch — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Derryn Hinch is among the Australian media’s most controversial and unpredictable characters. He’s the former editor of the Sun and the former New York bureau chief for Fairfax. He’s been sacked from high-rating shows on Channel Seven and 3AW and he’s received on-air death threats from gangsters. He’s written 14 books, been jailed twice, married five times, toured with The Rocky Horror Picture Show and undergone liver transplant surgery.
As a veteran broadcaster, journalist and activist, Derryn Hinch has been dubbed ‘the human headline’ – as often the subject, as the reporter, of news. Over the years, he’s embraced the moniker, using his notoriety to crusade for causes he cares about, especially criminal justice reform.
Now a Victorian Senator with his own political party, Hinch continues to work towards tougher penalties for convicted criminals. His new book, Hinch Vs Canberra, describes his late-in-life foray into federal politics. With Sally Warhaft, Hinch talks about crime, contempt, the media and the world of Canberra politics.
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