Whitlam Institute

Events

Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders
Apr
26
to Jul 27

Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders

  • The Whitlam Institute, Margaret Whitlam Galleries (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders explores the stories of a selection of NSW women who were leaders and trailblazers in public sector work, alongside the perspectives of women working in key public sphere roles today.

Melding past and present, this unique exhibition asks provocative questions about women, the public sphere and leadership. Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders is a new exhibition curated and produced by State Archives and Records NSW, presented at the Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University from 26 April to 27 July 2018.

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2018 Whitlam Oration: The Information that Democracy Needs
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

2018 Whitlam Oration: The Information that Democracy Needs

The Whitlam Institute is delighted to announce that this year’s Oration is being delivered by one of Australia’s most eminent lawyers, Bret Walker SC. Bret is not only highly respected for his fierce intellect, he is also known for pursuing projects of conviction. A Past President of the NSW Bar Association and the Law Council of Australia, he was also Australia’s first Independent National Security Legislation Monitor.

Media Partner The Saturday Paper Supported by Riverside Theatres

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Radicals in Australian Social Work:  Stories of Activism public discussion + Book launch
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Radicals in Australian Social Work: Stories of Activism public discussion + Book launch

The Whitlam Institute and Western Sydney University together host an event to explore activist social work in Australia from the 1970s onwards, its origins and its legacy.

A panel discussion will look at social work activism in the Whitlam era and beyond, together with a recent graduate’s perspective on the contemporary context. 

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Community Sentiment and Chinese Australian Experiences - A Symposium
Mar
1
4:00 PM16:00

Community Sentiment and Chinese Australian Experiences - A Symposium

Jointly hosted by the Challenging Racism Project, the Whitlam Institute and the Asia Society, this symposium is not to be missed.

With an official welcome from WSU Deputy Chancellor Liz Dibbs and opening remarks by Tim Soutphommasane (Race Discrimination Commissioner) and Philipp Ivanov (CEO of Asia Society Australia), the event will provide a forum to discuss contemporary challenges facing the Chinese Australian community.

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Taking ‘a rightful place in our own country’: Indigenous self-determination and the Australian People
Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Taking ‘a rightful place in our own country’: Indigenous self-determination and the Australian People

What has happened to the project of Indigenous self-determination initiated by the Whitlam Government? Join us for a one-day symposium to reflect on the project of Indigenous self-determination and its various dimensions, presented by the Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University and Nura Gili, UNSW Sydney. 

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What Matters? Writing Competition
Feb
13
to May 16

What Matters? Writing Competition

  • Whitlam Institute website (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It’s the first year that the What Matters? writing competition is 100% online, and based on some feedback, we will be extending the period that we accept entries for a short period. You can now submit an entry to What Matters? until Wednesday 16 May 2018. Please be assured that any entries that have already been submitted are secure. If you need any assistance with this form, please email whatmatters@whitlam.org. Good luck!

What Matters? is our annual writing competition asking students in grades 5-12 to tell us what matters to them. Find out more about competition details, prizes and enter here.

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Christmas Recital at the Whitlam Institute featuring Simon Tedeschi
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Christmas Recital at the Whitlam Institute featuring Simon Tedeschi

Simon Tedeschi is one of Australia’s most renowned and sought-after classical pianists, and his Whitlam Institute recital will include Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, and a little bit of Christmas.

This event will showcase one of Sydney’s colonial architectural treasures, the Female Orphan School, as well as a concert grand piano that was a gift to the university two decades ago by the Diane Bawden Memorial Foundation, in her loving memory.

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Missing
Oct
14
to Jan 20

Missing

  • Margaret Whitlam Galleries (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

An intriguing exploration of shadow matters, reflecting memory, time and space, Zu invites viewers to experience all aspects of the concept of “missing”: physical, psychological and metaphorical.

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Aug
26
to Aug 27

Planning, Funding, and Community Action: The Area Assistance Story Book Launch

Western Sydney Community Forum and the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University are proud to co-host the launch of Planning, Funding, and Community Action: The Area Assistance Story, a new book written by Judi Bamforth, Barbara Gapps, Robin Gurr, Amanda Howard, Jenny Onyx, and Margot Rawsthorne.

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2016 Post Budget Address from the Hon Tanya Plibersek
May
19
1:00 AM01:00

2016 Post Budget Address from the Hon Tanya Plibersek

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The Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Foreign Minister, the Honourable Tanya Plibersek will be delivering her principal 2016 Post-Budget Address at the Whitlam Institute at 11.00 am on Wednesday 18 May 2016.

For better or worse the Budget has evolved into a piece of political theatre that takes centre stage in May each year. Too often the importance of the Budget as the embodiment of a government’s philosophical framework and its policy settings as well as its practical impact on the lives of all Australians is lost amidst the endless speculation, spinning, twirling, machinations and intrigue.

The Whitlam Institute has invited the Hon Tanya Plibersek to offer the Opposition’s perspective on the substantive issues of policy in her response to the Government’s 2016 Budget. In the spirit of the occasion Ms Plibersek will be taking questions from the floor.

Light refreshments will follow the address.

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