Monthly Archives: October 2018

About Manning Clark House

 

THE ROLE OF MANNING CLARK HOUSE – a home for ideas to make a better Australia, and a place where we enrich our better selves.

by Andrew Clark

Australia is at an impasse.

It has experienced a decade of revolving door governments, including four party-room putsches against sitting Prime Ministers. The political turmoil has even led the BBC to labelAustralia “the coup capital of the democratic world.”

Underneath the turmoil is a country unable to come to grips with issues like climate change, energy policy, relations with the US and China, a radically different Indo-Pacific environment, refugees, the role of our first settlers, and how we deal with the
extraordinary rate of technology-generated change.

An energetic, well-educated and affluent multicultural society has been crimped by political short termism and mediocrity.

We know we can do better than this.

Manning Clark House, which has been in operation for more than 20 years, is the ideal
institution to foster ideas and policies to help change Australia into the progressive, successful and compassionate country we know it should be.

Manning and Dymphna Clark both believed passionately that Australians should come up with distinctive solutions for the country’s problems.

A fresh and independent approach is needed as politicians become hide-bound by focus groups and opinion polls, and universities are more corporatized and business-like in their approach.

Through events like the annual Week End of Ideas, the Manning and Dymphna Clark lectures, regular talks and discussion groups, Manning Clark House fosters an environment where members are stimulated to express ideas and discuss major issues. It also acts as a cultural incubator in music, song, poetry, literature, and, of course, history.

The daring modernism of the 65-year-old House in Forrest, Canberra, itself reflects the radical and adventurous spirit Manning Clark House fosters among members. It is a place where Australians can be inspired to make their daily lives richer and more meaningful. Join us.

 

Manning Clark House

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Manning Clark House is a not-for-profit venue and organisation and hosts public events in the former home of Manning and Dymphna Clark in Forrest, Canberra.

Manning and Dymphna Clark both believed passionately that Australians should come up with distinctive solutions for Australian issues.

Through events like the annual Weekend of Ideas, the Manning and Dymphna Clark lectures, regular talks and discussion groups, Manning Clark House fosters an environment where members are stimulated to express ideas and discuss major issues. It also acts as a cultural incubator in music, song, poetry, literature, and, of course, history.

The daring modernism of the 65-year-old House in Forrest, Canberra, itself reflects the radical and adventurous spirit Manning Clark House fosters among members. It is a place where Australians can be inspired to make their daily lives richer and more meaningful.

Manning Clark House is funded by donations and membership fees, as well as grants from Melbourne University, the Australian National University, and philanthropic organisations. Please join us.

 

 

Annual day of ideas – reinterpretation of Australian political stories around World War One and The Dismissal?

Sunday, 11 November, 2018

Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest, ACT

10am – 4.30pm

Tickets include lunch – $30 MCH members, $35 concession, $45 non-members

Book here

Day of Ideas

Discussion, food and music – this event has it all. Join us and have your say.

One hundred years ago,  World War One, “the war to end all wars” ended. Exactly 57 years later on the 11th November 1975, the Governor-General Sir John Kerr sacked Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.

For Australians, both events are linked by more than just coincidence of dates.

World War One was followed by the worst sectarian divide in Australia’s history, partly caused by the bitterness and rancour surrounding the issue of conscription.

This divide was later exacerbated by the terrible economic slump known as the Great Depression.

The Dismissal also left a deep scar in Australian public life. The heroism and loss of life in the Gallipoli campaign in 1915 was hailed as the arrival of a distinctive Australian nationalism, but nearly 60 years later The Dismissal raised fundamental questions about the nature and direction of that Australian nation.

The shaping influence of these two key events, and what we should do as Australians to make this a better society, will be addressed in a challenging program of highly respected speakers and discussion.

Program covers presentations and discussion by:

  • Professor Nicholas Brown: Introduction: Is the past really with us in the present?
  • Dr Emily Robertson: Missing in Action: the German enemy
  • Dr Deborah Jordan: Vance and Nettie Palmer, War, Women and Peace
  • Professor Frank Bongiorno: Australia, WWI and the Centenary
  • Mr Percy Knight, Wiradjuri Man: War and Indigenous Australians
  • Professor Jenny Hocking: Why the Dismissal of The Whitlam government matters today.” 
  • Ms Leanne Smith, CEO and Dr Mark Provera, Research Manager, Whitlam Institute
  • Mr Andrew Clark, Senior Journalist, Fairfax media: Wrap Up.
  • Manning Clark Choristers: Fleur Millar, Director – Sam Row, pianist.

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond Gallipoli and Anzac Day

MARTIN BAYER: International Remembrance of the First World War

Monday 22 October at 5.30 for 6pm

11 Tasmania Circuit, Forrest, ACT.

MCH members $5, concession (Government Support) and full-time students $10, non-members $15.00

Booking: https://www.trybooking.com/YRJE

Martin-Bayer-300x386Martin Bayer is a German-born photographer and independent scholar of war serving on an Australian-German research group on First World War commemoration. This talk will discuss differing modes of commemorating that war in various countries and will consider the Australian experience as part of a wider narrative arc examining the international perspective on commemorations.                     

Speaker: Martin Bayer holds a Master of Peace and Security Policy Studies (IFSH/University of Hamburg, Germany) and a BA in War Studies (King’s College London, UK) and besides his vocational education as photographer (Lette-Verein Berlin, Germany). He is author of a First World War centenary study for the German Federal Foreign Office, Not just on Flanders Fields – The First World War as Topic of International Cultures of Commemoration.

Under the label www.wartist.org, he gives lectures on topics such as the cultural dimensions of war and organises art exhibitions, such as Landscapes and Memory at the Bavarian Army Museum, Ingolstadt. In 2015-2018, he took part in an Australian-German research group on the contemporary commemoration of the First World War (ADFA/University of New South Wales/Freie Universität Berlin).

His exhibition Germany’s Dead: War, Grief, and Remembrance with photos of German First World War memorials can be seen at the Australian War Memorial, Saunders Gallery, from 5 Oct to 2 Dec 2018.