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This special occasion forms part of the Australian Academy of the Humanities 50th anniversary program of events taking place across the country. These events acknowledge the vital role of the humanities in helping us understand our past, make sense of our present, and ensure a humanised future for all people.
Between 1971 and 1991 the Italian Communist Party endeavoured to mobilise Italian migrants in Australia in order to extend its influence and power, attract their vote and defend their rights. Its establishment of an ‘autonomous’ Federation in Sydney resulted in a troubled relationship with the Communist Party of Australia and in grassroots surveillance of Italian migrants by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. This book tells their story during the Cold War.
Working with communities on their history can be one of the most rewarding (and frustrating) elements of being a public historian. This session will explore the gamut of community histories from oral history projects to genealogy, native title, cultural heritage and thematic histories.
Join us at the Library for The B List, an exciting, new style of book club hosted by the award-winning author and avid reader, Bri Lee. After the talk, you will be invited into the our historic Friends Room to continue the conversation with your fellow readers!
Join the ABC’s dynamic duo Cassie McCullagh and Kate Evans for a live recording of their popular weekly program, The Bookshelf. What should you read next? And, what have you missed? Kate and Cassie will be joined by a fabulous panel of reader-reviewers to discuss new fiction from Australia and around the world.
Professor Grace Karskens was awarded a Coral Thomas Fellowship for a project based on an extraordinary document in the Library’s collection: the Reverend John McGarvie’s 1829 ‘Native Names of Places on the Hawkesbury’. Working with a team of Aboriginal researchers, artists, teachers and knowledge holders, as well as archaeologists, linguists and local experts, Grace has mapped most of the over 170 place names on McGarvie’s list.
Join us for the launch of Rare Book week. Professor Stuart Kells will explore the search for Shakespearean books, including volumes from Shakespeare’s own library, as a window into the mindset of bibliophiles and bibliomaniacs. Informed by examples from the State Library’s own collections, the talk will also shed light on how Shakespeare has been collected and appreciated in the New World.