Not Racist, But …
Racism and the Criminal Justice System
For the next edition of our Not Racist, But series, we’ll discuss racial bias in the criminal justice system – from policing and legal aid to jury selection and sentencing.
Indigenous Australians account for just 2% of our country’s overall population and more than a quarter of our adult prison population. How, specifically, is this a function of explicit and…
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Private Parts: More than Queer
Adolfo Aranjuez, Peter Waples-Crowe and Jax Jacki Brown at the Wheeler Centre
Within the letters LGBTIQA+ are myriad meeting points between intersecting identities – race, ethnicity, disability, class and many more – which can be sites of pain and pride. Campaigns for rights and services can have broad, significant and often unheralded impacts on various sections of the community.
With same-sex marriage now legal in Australia, what are the most pressing issues currently facing Australia’s diverse queer population, and how well are they being represented?
Presented in partnership with Archer magazine.
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Dhonielle Clayton: The Art of Inclusion
Melissa Keil and Dhonielle Clayton at the Wheeler Centre
In a response to a reader’s letter, YA author Malinda Lo once wrote, ‘Diversity is not important. Diversity is reality. Human beings are not all the same.’ If books function as tools of empathy, what happens when we never see ourselves in them, let alone at the centre of a story? How can we support and encourage real representation in our literature, especially for younger readers?
Dhonielle Clayton is a bestselling author of YA fiction, including The Belles and The Everlasting Rose. She’s a former teacher and librarian. And she’s the COO of We Need Diverse Books, the US-based campaign for a more inclusive and representative literary milieu. The movement began as a hashtag, went viral, then formalised into a non-profit in order to methodically press for progress.
Clayton joins host Melissa Keil to talk about her writing, as well as the importance of Own Voices stories, and some of the problems with traditional publishing models. She highlights ways these models can shift while still retaining the crucial ability to connect with readers, and considers how we can create a more equitable and exciting literary culture.
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So What If … We Didn’t Gender Babies?
Son Vivienne, Zac Collins-Widders and Bobuq Sayed — Photos: Johnboy Davidson / José Eveline
An increasing number of parents are choosing to raise their children gender-neutral. What could happen if the movement grows, and we raise whole generations of people who are not assigned a binary gender at birth? What would be the flow-on effects in health and education, and for our institutions of law and citizenship?
Is it possible to shield a child from ideas of gender entirely? Is altogether abolishing gender actually feasible, or desirable? Featuring Son Vivienne, Zac Collins-Widders and Bobuq Sayed.
Presented in partnership with Melbourne Knowledge Week.
Pass it On: Preserving Australian Indigenous Languages
‘Budgerigar’, ‘quandong’, ‘Torana’, ‘Canberra’ – there are many Aboriginal words in everyday use by both non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians. What do we gain from knowing and learning First Nations words? And how can we embed more traditional language into the daily lives of all Australians?
At least 250 Indigenous Australian languages were spoken on this continent in 1788. Today only…
John Marsden: The Art of Growing Up
The demands placed on young people are ever-growing. What does it mean to educate children and teenagers in the era of social media and climate change, when they’re acutely aware of the pressure to succeed – whether via NAPLAN results, university entrance scores, extracurricular activities, or fulfilling jobs?
John Marsden has long been part of the lives of young Australians…
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