SALON 3 / Frank Bongiorno: Australian history now

What Australian story are we telling right now? What is the history of this moment? And what insights will future historians discover as they reflect on our times? Join Frank Bongiorno in conversation with Ben Eltham, with Carolyn Holbrook joining the second part of our discussion.

Frank Bongiorno in conversation with Ben Eltham, joined by Carolyn Holbrook for the second part of our conversation
4:00-6:00pm Sunday 21 May 2017
Neapoli Wine Bar, 30 Russell Place Melbourne

Frank Bongiorno is an Australian labour, political and cultural historian, and a professor at the Australian National University’s School of History. Frank is the author or co-author of four books and many scholarly articles and book chapters on Australian history. The Sex Lives of Australians: A History (2012) won the ACT Book of the Year, and was shortlisted in the Australian History category of the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s History Award. The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia (2015) also won ACT Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Ernest Scott Prize, the NSW Premier’s History Award and the CHASS Book Prize, and longlisted for the Colin Roderick Award. Frank has served on many advisory and editorial boards, and is a regular contributor to the media, especially Inside Story, for which he was London correspondent from 2008 until 2011, and The Conversation. He has also written for Australian Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement, the Monthly, the Australian and Fairfax Media.

Dr Carolyn Holbrook is currently working on a history of Australians’ attitudes towards their federal system of government. She is interested in the nature of state, national and imperial attachments and how they have been affected by geography, events and the passage of time. Carolyn’s other major project is a collaboration with Professor James Walter at Monash University about the history of Australian public policy since the 1940s, with a particular focus on indigenous, refugee, housing and employment policies. Carolyn’s book about the history of how Australians have remembered the First World War, Anzac: The Unauthorised Biography, was published in 2014.

IMAGE: Frank Bongiorno pictured with his ACT Book Of The Year award-winning The Eighties, with cover quote by George Megalogenis. Photo: ANU.

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