From Victims to Suspects: Muslim Women Since 9/11

Explore the other side of the War on Terror

Once regarded as helpless victims waiting to be rescued, Muslim women are now regarded as a potential threat. Explore the lives of women negotiating the post-9/11 world - from volatile Afghan refugee camps and Pakistani weddings, to Australian suburbia and campaigns to ‘ban the burqa’.

Shakira Hussein is a regular commentator on issues of gender, Islam and multiculturalism in Australia. She will be joined by Canberra’s own Bianca 'Bam Bam’ Elmir, former EA to Greens MLA Amanda Bresnan and Australia's current Oceania Boxing Bantamweight Champion, as well as journalist, researcher and commentator Julie Posetti (Fairfax Media, University of Wollongong) as participating chair.

TICKETS: $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)


Hugh Mackay - Beyond Belief

What do people actually mean when they say ‘God’?

Around two-thirds of us say we believe in God or some ‘higher power’, but fewer than one in ten Australians attend church weekly. In his new book, Beyond Belief, social researcher Hugh Mackay presents this discrepancy as one of the great unexamined topics of our time. He argues that while our attachment to a traditional idea of God may be waning, our desire for a life of meaning remains as strong as ever.

Hugh will be in conversation with ABC 666 Afternoon’s presenter, Alex Sloan.

TICKETS: $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)


Arnold Zable - The Fighter

Henry Nissen was a champion boxer, the boy from working-class Carlton who fought his way to beat some of the world’s best in the 1970s. Now, he works on Melbourne’s docks, taking shifts as they come up. But his real work is on the streets - giving character statements and providing support for the disaffected in his community.

The Fighter is Arnold Zable’s account of this true battler - a man who used his fists to forge a career, but also his wits to negotiate a childhood in a community of Holocaust survivors, immigrants and damaged souls.

Arnold Zable is an highly acclaimed novelist, storyteller, educator and human rights advocate, whose books include The Fig TreesScraps of Heaven and Cafe Scheherazade. Hear him in conversation with the ABC’s Louise Maher.

TICKETS: $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)