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

  • The Whitlam Institute Building EZ, Female Orphan School, Parramatta South Campus, Western Sydney University Cnr James Ruse Drive & Victoria Rd Rydalmere, NSW, Australia (map)

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. 

The event will launch the new book Radicals in Australian Social Work: Stories of Lifelong Activism (edited by Carolyn Noble, Bob Pease and Jim Ife) and repeat the book’s call to arms to continue the "fight for a better, more inclusive world."

The launch will be followed by a seminar, led by Professor Carolyn Noble, where contributors to the book will discuss their chapters, with opportunity for further discussion.

Speakers and Panellists

  • Welcome to the Whitlam Institute
  • Prof Jim Ife (Western Sydney University) 
  • Prof Bob Pease (University of Tasmania, Deakin University) 
  • Prof Donna Baines (University of Sydney)
  • Prof Linda Briskman (Margaret Whitlam Chair Of Social Work, Western Sydney University)
  • Hatice Woods (Graduate, Western Sydney University)

Book Launch: Saturday 10 March 2018  /  2 pm - 3.30 pm  /  Light refreshments served

All Day: The Female Orphan School is open 11 am - 4 pm on Saturday 10 March & there’s lots to see:

  • Free tours of the Female Orphan School - 11.30 am, 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm.
  • A Changing Australia: The Time of Gough Whitlam - An interactive exhibition that recalls the transformative years of the Whitlam government.
  • The Liberation Prison Project in the Margaret Whitlam Galleries - An exhibition of 65 original artworks by people in prison, from Australia and the world.
  • Parking permits in the Heritage Circle  ($7) are available from the Visitor Information Centre.