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Rebellion and Tomorrow

Free Talks Program

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Outliers and visionaries explore small rebellions lived large. Representative democracy, marriage, newspapers: so many grand narratives are coming to the end of their time, experiencing repeated challenges to their use for contemporary problems. In this moment of transition: what does real change feel like? Who has the truly rebellious ideas, and how do they spread?

Hosted by Brendan Maclean, and featuring Erik Jensen, Laura Bates, Phuong Ngo, Dr Alan R Duffy and Georgie Mattingley.

Erik Jensen is a writer and editor, formerly with the Sydney Morning Herald. He has won the Walkley’s Young Print Journalist of the Year and the United Nation’s Media Peace Award.

Phuong Ngo’s practice explores the individual and collected identity of the Vietnamese diaspora through the exploration of history, politics and culture.

Georgie Mattingley graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2012. Often adopting a playful humour and a quirky use of visual aesthetic, Georgie aims to beautify confronting spaces or events, as a tool to question people’s limits and values.

Brendan Maclean is a sparkling songwriter, cynical social commentator and professional Twitter addict. After five years behind the microphone at Triple J, Brendan also makes music of his own, twice winning The Australian Youth Week Songwriters award. He has also made a habit of cropping up in a film or two including Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Brendan’s commentary, focusing on music and Queer Youth Activism has been published by the likes of ABC Drum, Faster Louder, MamaMia and The Age.

Dr Alan Duffy is a research fellow at Swinburne University, creating model universes within supercomputers to study the growth of galaxies, from the Big Bang to the present day.

Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, a collection of over 10,000 women’s daily experiences of gender inequality.

Rebellion and Tomorrow

Date: 29 April

Location: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne VIC 3000

Time: 6.15pm

Duration: 2 hrs

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, hearing assistance available, Auslan interpreted

Notes: This is a free event, but bookings are essential. Book your tickets below or through the Wheeler Centre via This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Ticket Prices: Free

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