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Broadly Speaking: The Mother Load: Motherhood, Trauma and Resilience
‘The first person you encounter as a human being is generally your mother. That’s the first source of knowing that you have. How valuable is that? And how painful is it to lose that in circumstances outside of your control?’
In this Broadly Speaking podcast, Amani Haydar, Alice Pung and host Susan Carland discuss the extraordinary resilience mothers and children demonstrate in the face of trauma.
In her memoir The Mother Wound, artist, lawyer and advocate Amani Haydar tells the heartbreaking story of her mother’s death through a brutal act of violence perpetrated by her father. Award-winning writer Alice Pung’s latest novel, One Hundred Days, examines the faultlines of love and control in a complex mother-daughter relationship.
Both women are mothers themselves and write with nuance and compassion about the intersections and complexities of culture, class and family.
What happens when trauma intersects with motherhood – and how do mothers and children find the strength to endure, survive and thrive?
Content warning: This podcast includes discussion of family violence and other topics listeners may find confronting.
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The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund
This conversation was originally scheduled to take place live on Monday 2 August 2021 and was cancelled in response to Victorian Government COVID-19 health advice. We are now presenting this discussion exclusively in podcast form.
Match report for Ahead of the Game: Sport, Storytelling and Symbolism
Freelance sports journalist and host of Kick Like a Girl on RRR Kate O’Halloran recently joined us at Ahead of the Game: Sports, Storytelling and Symbolism event, part of our Broadly Speaking series. Huddle around as Kate shares the event’s conversation highlights in her match report.
Broadly Speaking: Meaning, Mysticism and Manifestation
For aeons, humans have sought out systems of meaning to make sense of the patterns of our lives. In recent years, there’s been a resurgence and reclaiming of mysticism and alternative practices such as astrology, tarot and manifestation, particularly among women, non-binary people, queer communities and communities of colour.
These practices can provide spiritual and practical direction and pathways to…
The Mother Load: Motherhood, Trauma and Resilience
This conversation originally scheduled to take place on Monday 2 August will now be released as a podcast only. This is in response to current health advice and restrictions on interstate travel. While it is unfortunate that we can't present this conversation in person we invite you to subscribe to the Wheeler Centre podcast to hear this conversation.
Parliamentary Privilege: Bias, Boys’ Clubs and Women in Politics
This conversation originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday 27 July was postponed in response to current health advice and restrictions on public events. It is now a digital premiere event and can be watched from this page on Tuesday 3 August at 6.30pm.
Find out more about our response to Covid-19 here.Broadly Speaking: Parliamentary Privilege: Bias, Boys' Clubs and…
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Broadly Speaking: Rage and Dissent
They say, ‘Don’t get mad. Get even.’ But can rage itself be fuel for change?
British journalist Laurie Penny is among our most urgent contemporary feminist voices. Their work – including the books Bitch Doctrine and Unspeakable Things – combines activism and journalism to interrogate the promises and limitations of feminism, technology, popular culture, and…
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