We Have Outsourced Ourselves
In an age where virtual assistants and robot vacuum cleaners aren’t worth batting an eyelid over, we are clearly and increasingly trading mundane tasks for more free time. But are we losing the grit of livelihood in the process? Sociologist Arlie Hochschild examines the ramifications of an outsourced existence and how this erodes the incidental communities in our lives.
Something of a professional provocateur, Dan Savage dispenses advice on sex, love and fidelity for the modern age via his internationally syndicated column Savage Love and its corresponding Savage Lovecast. A vocal proponent for the idea that the acceptable scope of sexual identity and relationships is too strict and narrow to be universal, Savage is bound to respond to audience questions with his signature candour and verve.
Time to Get Soft on Crime
What is the measure of successful criminal punishment? Is the aim to retribute or to reform criminals? A frank discussion will explore rehabilitation, recidivism and the role of justice in metering out punishment. The panel consists of: Erwin James, a convicted murderer released after 20 years in jail and Guardian journalist; Peter Moskos, a former Baltimore police officer now an assistant professor of criminal justice and author of In Defense of Flogging; and David Simon, creator of The Wire and Treme who was a journalist for the Baltimore Sun for 12 years. This is sure to ignite debate around the best interests of the public when it comes to the way we treat criminals.
Saturday, 4.30 - 5.30pm
The End of the Homosexual
Homosexuality is a quotidian fact of an inclusive and modern society, at least now more than ever before. With same sex marriage and adoption at the forefront of gay and lesbian issues, there is a definite sentiment for integration over separatism. But does this come at the cost of distinction? In this talk Dennis Altman, of La Trobe University, questions whether mimicry of traditional family structures of matrimony and parenthood are concessions to social acceptance and whether this has come at the cost of gay and lesbian identity.
The Australian Dream is Over
Australian prosperity seems defined by a financial trifecta owning property, reliable employment and a comfortable retirement by global standards. But is this an unattainable dream - a myth - in the current economic reality? Satyajit Das, financial commentator and the author of Extreme Money and Traders, Guns & Money, examines the state of Australian wealth and prosperity and how illusory its tenets may be.
Murder in Mississippi
John Safran delves into his half-year stint in Mississippi to trace the murder of a lifelong racist he was once sued by. The result is his first book, the true crime novel Murder in Mississippi, and its accompanying tales of FBI files, consorting with a killer, poverty, race and observations of the South.