Whitlam Institute

Events

40 Years of the Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop
Nov
10
to Feb 1

40 Years of the Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop

It’s been 40 years since acclaimed artist Kevin Oxley founded the Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop at Hawksbury Agricultural College, later part of Western Sydney University.

Over the years, countless artists from every discipline have drawn on Oxley’s vision while making use of facilities and classes offered in this atmospheric setting. Their works, as well as those of Oxley, are brought together to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Hawkesbury Workshop.

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Border Politics: Screening and Q&A with Julian Burnside AO QC, filmmaker Judy Rymer and former refugee Hayat Akbari
Nov
19
6:30 PM18:30

Border Politics: Screening and Q&A with Julian Burnside AO QC, filmmaker Judy Rymer and former refugee Hayat Akbari

The Whitlam Institute is delighted to host the first Parramatta screening of Border Politics and Q&A with director and producer Judy Rymer, Julian Burnside AO QC and former refugee Hayat Akbari. The documentary that follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside QC as he travels the globe examining the harsh treatment of refugees at the hands of western democracies.

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The Scribe: Screening and Q&A with Ruth Cullen, the Hon. John Faulkner and Michael Cooney
Nov
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Scribe: Screening and Q&A with Ruth Cullen, the Hon. John Faulkner and Michael Cooney

The Whitlam Institute is delighted to host a screening of The Scribe, a superb documentary on the ‘Donald Bradman’ of speech writing – Graham Freudenberg. Featuring a post-screening Q&A with director and producer Ruth Cullen, the Hon. John Faulkner and Michael Cooney, this compelling film is a must-see for all political enthusiasts.

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Run For Your Life: Former NSW Premier and Foreign Minister Bob Carr in conversation with Whitlam Institute Chair the Hon. John Faulkner
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Run For Your Life: Former NSW Premier and Foreign Minister Bob Carr in conversation with Whitlam Institute Chair the Hon. John Faulkner

The Whitlam Institute is pleased to announce an exciting upcoming event Run For Your Life: Former NSW Premier and Foreign Minister Bob Carr in conversation with Whitlam Institute Chair the Hon. John Faulkner.

As part of the memoir-launch, Carr and Faulkner will offer audiences personal insight into the Whitlam legacy and in particular the impact Gough Whitlam had on one of Labor’s most long-serving and formidable leaders.

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Race Discrimination - Whitlam's Law and Australia Today
Aug
6
6:00 PM18:00

Race Discrimination - Whitlam's Law and Australia Today

  • The Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tim Soutphommasane will deliver his final speech as Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Whitlam Institute, looking back at the nation-building significance of the Racial Discrimination Act (1975), the importance of a bipartisan approach to race, and reflect on contemporary debates relating to race and identity. Tim’s speech will be followed by a bipartisan panel discussion featuring the Hon. Mark Dreyfus MP and Dr John Hewson AM. Panellists will provide frank and robust responses to the speech, and engage in an audience Q&A. We look forward to respectful debate and open-minded contributions.

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Bicentenary of arrivals to Parramatta’s Female Orphan School
Jun
30
12:00 AM00:00

Bicentenary of arrivals to Parramatta’s Female Orphan School

Saturday 30 June marks two hundred years since the arrival of the first girls to the historic Female Orphan School in Parramatta. Once dilapidated and at risk of demolition by neglect, the oldest three-storey building in Australia is now a stunning heritage building, and home to the Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University.

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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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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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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)
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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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