Exhibition Event - The Great Australian Emptiness
The Great Australian Emptiness
On the final day of The Life of Patrick White exhibition, join our panel as they explore how Australia has changed since White wrote his seminal essay, Prodigal Son.
Sunday 8 July 2 pm
Bookings essential: 02 6262 1271 or events.nla.gov.au
Clive Hamilton is an Australian author and public intellectual. In June 2008 he was appointed Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, a joint centre of Charles Sturt University and the University of Melbourne. He is based at Charles Sturt University's Canberra campus.
Professor Margaret Ann Harris, MA Sydney PhD Lond
Fellow of Senate: 2001 - 2011
Director of Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney
Professor Harris is Director of Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
She held various positions in English between 1969 and 2007 (ultimately Challis Professor of English Literature) and has been a member of academic staff of the University of Sydney since 1969.
Professor Elizabeth Webby
Professor of Australian Literature University of Sydney, MA PhDWebby is a respected scholar, holding the Chair of Australian Literature at the University of Sydney until 2007. She is an expert in nineteenth-century Australian literature and is also interested in theatre, popular culture, short fiction, and the work of Patrick White, Henry Handel Richardson, and Katherine Mansfield.
Benjamin Law is a Brisbane-based writer and a frequent contributor to frankie, The Monthly, Qweekend and Good Weekend. He has written for over 50 Australian and international publications (including The Walkley Magazine, Sunday Life, Crikey, The Big Issue, The Griffith Review and Travel and Leisure: South East Asia) and has been anthologised in The Best Australian Essays twice. His debut book The Family Law (2010) was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). Gaysia, his second book, comes out in September 2012.
Miriam Lyons is the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Development. Formerly the Policy Coordinator of New Matilda, Miriam has a long history of bringing policy ideas to new audiences, as the founding director of the Interface Festival of Ideas in Sydney, and director of the Ideas Program for the StraightOutof Brisbane Festival. Miriam has also worked as a freelance writer and a media development consultant in East Timor with the international NGO, Internews. Miriam was a participant in the 2020 Summit and was recently nominated in the Thinkers' category of The Australian's Emerging Leaders series.