Podcast episodeCover image for of Broadly Speaking: Aileen Moreton-Robinson: 20th Anniversary of Talkin' Up to the White Woman

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Broadly Speaking: Aileen Moreton-Robinson: 20th Anniversary of Talkin’ Up to the White Woman  /  First Nations

It's been 20 years since Aileen Moreton-Robinson wrote Talkin’ Up to the White Woman, the seminal work of Australian First Nations scholarship that exposed the blinding whiteness, and the serious limitations, of Australian feminist thought. 

In her book, Moreton-Robinson traces and honours the history of Indigenous women’s activism in Australia and lays bare some uncomfortable truths about white women’s complicity in racial oppression. She exposes, too, the prevalence of biased and blinkered thought prevalent within white feminist academia. Talkin’ Up to the White Woman has shaped the thinking of feminist and First Nations scholars across the globe.

Aileen Moreton-Robinson

To launch our Broadly Speaking series, we’re presenting the formidable Moreton-Robinson in conversation with critical race and whiteness scholar Fiona Nicoll. The pair discuss the twentieth anniversary of Talkin’ Up to the White Woman. What questions and experiences informed the writing of the book, and how does it seek to understand power? How did Moreton-Robinson experience colonialism in academia? How do some feminist movements clash with ideas of Indigenous sovereignty – and what are some alternative ways of thinking?

A transcript of this event is available to read here.

Presented in collaboration with State Library of Queensland and RMIT Social and Global Studies Centre.

The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family.


Podcast episodeCover image for of Briggs: Our Home, Our Heartbeat

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Briggs: Our Home, Our Heartbeat  /  Children’s books

Marlee Silva, left, and Briggs

Adam Briggs – better known simply as Briggs – is a Yorta Yorta rapper, record label owner, comedy writer and actor. He’s part of the ARIA-winning hip hop duo A.B. Original, and outside of music, he’s appeared regularly in ABC TV shows (Black ComedyClevermanThe Weekly with Charlie Pickering). Recently, he’s been a writer for Matt Groening’s animated Netflix series, Disenchantment.

Now, Briggs adds children’s book author to his CV. Adapted from his song, ‘The Children Came Back’ – with illustrators Kate Moon and Rachael Sarra – Our Home, Our Heartbeat is a beautiful picture book that celebrates Indigenous resilience, honours legends past and present, and salutes emerging generations of the oldest continuous culture on earth.

'You weren’t that yesterday; you’re this today. What could you be tomorrow?'


In conversation with writer, podcaster and Tiddas 4 Tiddas co-founder Marlee Silva, Briggs talks about the importance of children seeing themselves in picture books – and the rise of books (like Young Dark Emu and Welcome to Country) that distil complex conversations into accessible formats.

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Portrait of Monica Forson

Monica Forson  /  Young people

Monica is a young woman of mixed Ghanaian and Australian descent who is currently undertaking a Master of Social Work at the University of Melbourne. A former president of the Africa Club at the University of Melbourne, Monica is the inaugural cofounder of Afro-Australian Student Organisation – which represents the interests of African students, providing them with tailored, culturally relevant services and an arena to network and form meaningful relationships.

She is a current finalist for the National Youth Week Youth Leadership Award.

She was a recipient of the 2014 Victorian African Community Youth Leadership Award and the 2013 Leaders in Communities Award from the University of Melbourne, which she received for her extensive voluntary and leadership experience in the community.

She is a member of the Multifaith Multicultural Youth Network, providing advice to the Victorian Government through the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship on issues and initiatives that affect young Victorians from culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse backgrounds; youth advisor to the Ghanaian Association of Victoria; steering committee member of Africa Day Australia, African Music and Cultural Festival and African Review Panel; and volunteer at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. 

Monica is passionate about advocating for multicultural youth to be engaged in youth led organisations, education and employment. She wants to make a positive change to inspire and work directly with other young people to change the perceptions society holds about multicultural youth – and hopefully make the world a bit easier for the next generation to live in.

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