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In a discussion facilitated by Dr Christine Wallace, Julianne Schultz will be talking about her most recent book, The Idea of Australia: A search for the soul of the nation (Allen & Unwin), which challenges our notions of what it means to be Australian and asks timely and urgent questions about our national identity.

Julianne's book can be purchased on the night, and she will be available for book signing after the presentation. 

Exclusive Bookshop offer: Use code AUSSIE for 20% off online-only purchases of The Idea of Australia at the NLA Bookshop. Local customers can collect online orders instore. Valid until the end of Friday, 18 March and not to be used with any other discounts or promotional codes.

About the speakers

Professor Emeritus Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is the Chair of The Conversation. She was the publisher and founding editor of the Griffith Review and is Professor Emeritus of Media and Culture at Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research. She is an acclaimed author of Reviving the Fourth Estate (Cambridge) and Steel City Blues (Penguin), and the librettos to the award-winning operas Black River and Going Into Shadows. Julianne became a Member of the Order of Australia for services to journalism and the community, and an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities the following year. She has served on the board of directors of the ABC, Grattan Institute and Copyright Agency, and chaired the Australian Film TV and Radio School, Queensland Design Council and National Cultural Policy Reference Group.  

Dr Christine Wallace is Associate Professor at the 50/50 By 2030 Foundation, University of Canberra. She works in modern and contemporary political, international and global history with special reference to leadership, transnational lives, and transformational change and the information strategies underlying it. She was the National Archives of Australia Cabinet Historian 2020-2021. Dr Wallace is an associate of the ANU Centre for Digital Humanities Research. The Conversation has twice named her one of Australia's 'Top Thinkers' (2017 and 2019). 

Cover image The Idea of Australia: A search for the soul of the nation

Type Book event