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Writing the History of Canberra - a public forum

Date and time

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 17:00 - 18:30

Venue

Common Room University House

Writing the history of Canberra: a public forum

30 October 2013
Common Room, University House, ANU, 5:00-6:30; reception to 7:30
Bookings essential  or  T: 6125 7049: admission free

This public forum will offer a series of reflections on how Canberra’s history has, can be, or should be written from a range of viewpoints, from politics to Aboriginal and environmental perspectives. A panel of writers will reflect on their engagement with the capital. Canberra as an ideal city, a community of recent arrivals, a political centre, a symbol of national government – these approaches have been central to the celebration of its centenary. But how has the city, its people and its setting, been seen from the vantage of history? How have writers evoked aspects of Canberra’s past that do not always fit within the neat projections of its planners? Frank Moorhouse, Chris Uhlmann, Lenore Coltheart, Jaky Troy, Stephen Dovers and Susan-Mary Withycombe will reflect on these questions. Convened by the School of History, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU, this forum will also consider what stories still need to be told about the national capital. Join us to consider their reflections, and to offer your own perspectives

Frank Moorhouse - Canberra as literature
Lenore Coltheart - Canberra as heritage
Susan Mary Withycombe -Canberra as a women’s city
Jaky Troy - Canberra as indigenous history
Stephen Dovers - Canberra as environmental history
Chris Uhlmann - Canberra as political history

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