Race & multiculturalism
The Wheeler Centre
Pass it On: Preserving Australian Indigenous Languages
From left: Daniel Browning, Vicki Couzens, Fay Stewart-Muir, Aaron Fa'aoso, Kelrick Martin and Brendan Kennedy, with Auslan interpreter — Photo: Jon Tjhia
‘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 around 120 Indigenous languages are spoken in homes and most of these are considered endangered. For many years, elders have been working hard to document, share and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island languages across the country. But in the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages there’s an especially strong momentum building around this issue.
In this conversation, hosted by Daniel Browning, our panellists including Kelrick Martin, Aaron Fa'aoso, Vicki Couzens, Brendan Kennedy and Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir discuss campaigns across the country to revitalise and celebrate Indigenous languages. They talk about the utility, beauty and knowledge contained within both traditional and modern, changing languages – and the efforts to recognise and preserve them.
Looking for Auslan? Check out the video of this event.
The Wheeler Centre
Broadside: Tressie McMillan Cottom
Tressie McMillan Cottom — Photo: Hannah Koelmeyer
'People really like to consume [black women] – our emotions, our cultural exchanges, the way we look, the way we speak, our experiences, our traumas. We do not have as much capacity for rendering visible our intellectual work … Can I evoke an emotional response from an audience? Publishers will want me to publish something that will be evocative, without being thought-provoking.'
With Thick, Tressie McMillan Cottom delivered a treatise on beauty, media, money, misogyny and race, a searing analysis animated by the ‘radical idea …[that] black women are rational and human’.
An award-winning sociologist, professor and author described as ‘transgressive, provocative, and brilliant’ by her Hear to Slay co-host Roxane Gay, McMillan Cottom works her way through politics, history, sociology and culture with critical dexterity and unapologetic force.
In this episode, recorded at the inaugural Broadside festival of feminist ideas, McMillan Cottom joins Aminatou Sow to discuss her work and career – including navigating academia, the publishing industry and addressing perceptions of how her work fits into various categories.
Working with Words: Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung
We spoke with art critic Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung about tween blogs, subjective criticism and the lessons he learned working front-of-house at his parents' restaurant.
The Fifth Estate
American-born journalist Megan K. Stack is an acclaimed author and war correspondent. She was Moscow bureau chief for the L.A. Times when she made the decision to work from home and look after her newborn child. As her growing family followed her husband’s work through China and India, Stack’s new life forced her to understand the economy of women’s work, and the inequalities that make it possible to exploit ‘poor women, brown women, migrant women’.
Megan Stack (left) and Sally Warhaft (right)
Stack’s memoir, Women’s Work: A Reckoning with Work and Home, undertakes a forthright and relentless examination of domestic labour, and the complexities of working parenthood – for herself and for the babysitters, cooks and cleaners which made her continuing career possible. She asks: ‘Why was it that, whatever you desired, you could find a poor woman to sell it?’
In conversation with Sally Warhaft at Bendigo Writers Festival, Megan K. Stack discusses the ethics, unexpected emotional shifts and negotiations of the household as a workplace.
Presented in partnership with Bendigo Writers Festival.
The Fifth Estate
Red State Real Talk: Mia Love
Mia Love was once a rising star of the Republican Party. She was the first black female Republican elected to congress, running and winning in Utah's 97% white 4th District in 2015. During her time in office, Love was appointed to the House Financial Services Committee, which oversees the Treasury and the Federal Reserve.
But Love chose not to embrace President Donald Trump during her mid-term election campaign last year, and drew his ire. Since losing her re-election bid (by just one percentage point) Love has become an outspoken critic of the President. 'My district was home to many strong supporters of President Trump,' Love has written. '... They love his economic record, his peace-through-strength foreign policy, his "America First" stance on trade, and his choices for judicial appointments. They don't love racism.'
Love has been critical of Republicans' 'transactional' approach to working with black Americans and minorities. But are Democrats doing any better? And how does Love think the 2020 presidential elections will play out?
'I’m not going away,' Mia Love said in her scathing concession speech. 'But now, I am unleashed, I am untethered and I am unshackled.' She shares her unique and candid perspective with host Sally Warhaft.
Local Lens: Refugees in Regional Australia
In this panel discussion at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute, we’ll consider a global issue through a local lens.
Mass human displacement is one of the most complex ethical and legal global challenges of our time. Australia’s response to asylum seeker arrivals has attracted controversy over the years, including criticism from the United Nations. Last year, the federal government commissioned a…
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