Sexuality, Schools and the Media

Past Event

Saturday, 30 September 2017 - 2pm to 3pm

Sexuality, Schools and the Media

Benjamin Law in conversation with Fenella Kernebone

Are Australian schools safe? And if they’re not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped school staff and a confected media scandal?

In 2016 the Safe Schools program became the centre of an ideological firestorm. For the 67th Black Inc Quarterly Essay, Benjamin Law explores how and why this happened. He weaves a subtle, gripping account of schools today, sexuality, teenagers, new ideas of gender fluidity, tabloid media scares and mental health.

Benjamin comes to the Library to talk about the issues raised in this timely essay. 


Head shot of Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and author of two books – The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012). Both were nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. The Family Law is now an AACTA-nominated TV series for SBS.




Head shot of Fenella at a lectern

Fenella Kernebone is the Head of Curation for TedxSydney responsible for leading the programming for what has become one of the largest Tedx events in the world with more than 4000 people attending in June 2017 at ICC Sydney. Fenella is also responsible for the programming of TEDxYouth@Sydney and TEDxSydney's Salon series.

Fenella is also a noted television and radio presenter and producer with a distinguished career working across arts, music, design and culture.


Presented in partnership with Quarterly Essay.

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