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Secret City: Fact, fiction and Australian politics

Speaker : Chris Uhlmann

7-11 Barry Drive Teaching Centre, Australian National University (TBC)

7pm – 12 July 2018

Members $20 (MCH members or govt support concession, full-time students).

Non-members $25

Book here 

The Prime Minister likes to paraphrase Mark Twain saying, “only fiction has to be credible”. Perhaps that’s because he has lived through the incredible last decade of Australian politics.

In 2008 Kevin Rudd was in his first year as PM, enjoying a 70 per cent approval rating and, apparently, settling in for a long run. In November that year, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States and America looked like it would finally become the land it imagined itself to be.

What went wrong? Come and find out the details, insights and perspectives!

About the speaker: Chris Uhlmann is a leading Australian political journalist. After many years working for the ABC, in August 2017, Uhlmann moved to Nine News replacing Laurie Oakes. He had previously held the positions of the political editor for the 7.30 report, 14th presenter of AM for ABC radio and ABC News political editor. In 2008, Uhlmann received the Walkley Award for Broadcast Interviewing. With Steve Lewis, Uhlmann has written a series of political novels set in Canberra: The Marmalade Files (2012), The Mandarin Code (2014) and The Shadow Game (2016). These feature a political reporter, Harriet Dunkley, investigating a conspiracy involving China, the USA and Australian security organisations. In 2016 the first two books were adapted as the Australian television series Secret City.

Poetry evening

Thursday, May 24, 2018

7pm for 7.30 start

11 Tasmania Circuit, Forrest ACT 2603

$10 includes nibbles and wine

Contact Hazel Hall – hazelsshall@gmail.com

A reminder about Manning Clark Poetry this month. It should be a packed night!

Kathleen Bleakley (Wollongong). Kathleen Bleakley lives with her partner – in life and art – ‘pling, between the escarpment and the sea, in Wollongong. She has three collections (with Ginninderra Press) – Azure, (2017) Lightseekers, photography by ‘pling, (2015). and jumping out of cars, with Andrea Gawthorne, images by ‘pling, (2004).

Alison Thompson (Berry). Alison Thompson lives on the south coast of NSW and is a member of the Kitchen Table Poets. Her poems have been published here and overseas. She has published a chapbook Slow Skipping  (PressPress). Alison won the DPP Byron Bay Writers Festival Poetry prize (2011) and the 2016 Poetry d’Amour Love Poem Contest.

Chris Mansell (Berry). Among Chris Mansell’s latest publications are Verge,  Stung, Stung More, Spine Lingo, and Schadenvale Road.  Seven Stations (a song cycle with music by Andrew Batt-Rawden) was released by Hospital Hill on CD. Chris won the Queensland Premier’s Award for Poetry, Amelia Chapbook Award (USA) and the Meanjin Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize and has been short-listed for the National Book Council Award and the NSW Premier’s Award. Her site is chrismansell.com.

Australia without the US Alliance

Wednesday 23 May 5.30 for 6pm

 Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest

Australia has long depended on America, not just for our own defence but for the security of our wider neighbourhood and the maintenance of a stable order in Asia. For much of the time that has worked, on balance, quite well for Australia. But in recent years our dependence on America has grown while America has for many reasons become less and less dependable either as an ally or as a guarantor of regional stability. So today Australia has to look very carefully at the challenges America now faces in Asia and the risks and benefits to us of depending on it in future as we have done in the past. And we have to ask anew what the alternatives to such dependence might look like.

Speakers: Professor Hugh White and Professor Joan Beaumont

Hugh White is Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. He has worked on Australian strategic, defence and foreign policy issues since 1980.

Joan Beaumont is an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University. She specialises in the history of Australian foreign policy and the Australian experience of war.

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

Non-members $15.00

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

Manning Clark Choristers

TERM 2 – April 17 – July 6, 2018

Every Tuesday night – 7.30 – 9.30pm

All welcome – Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest, ACT

Members – $50 per term or $5 drop-in

Non-members $60 per term or $10 drop in

Please call Fleur on 0421 187 688 or email: fleurmillar@yahoo.com.au for more information.

Music

Term two of the Manning Clark Choristers is now beginning with choir leader Fleur Millar and pianist Sam Row.

Wonderful concerts are up ahead, including a Choir showcase concert for Manning Clark House members for the Winter Solstice and opportunities to enjoy performing singing in the local South Canberra Community.

We always give a warm welcome to new singers joining our group, and have a great deal of fun, whilst achieving a high level of musicianship with delicious food in the break and always great conversation. 

Music includes beautiful arrangements of the Sky Boat Song, Danny Boy, Wild Mountain Thyme plus loads more.

There are also opportunities to sing short solos in concerts and our concerts include well-known soloists from Canberra as well as young developing artists.

These concerts are in partnership with Fleur-de-lys Vocal Enterprises.

No experience necessary.

The UN Nuclear Ban Treat

Thursday, 3 May 2018  —   5.30 for 6pm start

Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest, ACT

MCH members, concession (govt support) and full-time students $10

Non-members $15

BOOK HERE

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Speaker: Professor Ramesh Thakur is Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (CNND) in the Crawford School, The Australian National University and co-Convenor of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN).

He was Vice Rector and Senior Vice Rector of the United Nations University (and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations) from 1998–2007.

Educated in India and Canada, he was a Professor of International Relations at the University of Otago in New Zealand and Professor and Head of the Peace Research Centre at the Australian National University, during which time he was also a consultant/adviser to the Australian and New Zealand governments on arms control, disarmament and international security issues.

He was a Commissioner and one of the principal authors of The Responsibility to Protect (2001), and Senior Adviser on Reforms and Principal Writer of the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s second reform report (2002).

He was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo (2007–11), Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (2007–10) and Foundation Director of the Balsillie School of International affairs in Waterloo, Ontario.

 

 

 

2018 Poetry reading program

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Drinks and Nibbles: 7.00 pm
Readings 7.30 -9.30 pm

All welcome

Thursday 22 February

Penny Drysdale (Alice Springs)

Keith Harrison (Sydney)

Thursday 22 March

E A Gleeson (Victoria)

Luke Whitington (Canberra) J

Jane Liddell-King (UK)

Thursday 26 April

Victoria McGrath (Yass)
Merlinda Bobis (Canberra)
Mark Blumer (Canberra: first time reader)

Thursday 24 May

Chris Mansell (Berry)

Alison Thompson(Berry)

Kathleen Bleakley (Wollongong)

Thursday 28 June

Recent Work Press Poets

(readings organised by Shane Strange)

Thursday 26 July

Limestone Tanka Poets

(readings organised by Kathy Kituai)

Thursday 23 August

Russell Erwin (Goulburn)

Penelope Layland (Canberra)

Lizz Murphy (Binalong)

Thursday 27 September

University of Canberra’s Poetry on the Move Event

Paul Hetherington

Moira Egan

Cassandra Atherton

Thursday 25 October

Paul Collis (Canberra)

Jen Crawford (Canberra)

Paul Magee (Canberra)

Thursday 22 November

Recent Work Press Poets

(readings organised by Shane Strange)

1917 : a revolution against Das Kapital?

Speaker : Humphrey McQueen

23 April 2018, 5.30 for 6pm

Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest

 MCH members, concession and full-time students $10 (non members $15)

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Responding to Antonio Gramsci’s 1919 suggestion, the talk will weave together a trio of anniversaries:

  • 150 years since the publication of Das Kapital in September 1867
  • the 200th anniversary of the birth of its author, Karl Marx, on 5 May 1818
  •  the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution, erupting in October 1917.

humphrey-mcqueen[1]Speaker: Humphrey McQueen is a Canberra-based historian and activist at work on yet one more Marxist account of the origins of capital, to be titled The Revolution Inside Capital.

For access to a selection of his writings over fifty years, see www.surplusvalue.org.au

 

Down by Dymphna’s Garden

Sunday March 25th —– 4.00 to 6.00 pm
Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest

It’s FREE to come along and enjoy – please book here

Devonshire Tea can be purchased on the day.

Sow the seeds for the renewal of Dymphna Clark’s 1950’s kitchen garden.

Join us for an afternoon of live music, Devonshire Tea and gardening presentations.

Thanks to an ACT Government Community Garden Grant, the old kitchen garden site at Manning Clark House will be refurbished as a community asset.

Join us for a short presentation from our soil and compost experts Mr Gerry Gillespie and Dr Amardeep Wander.

Then enjoy songs, including from the Australian composer Penelope Thwaites AM,
sung by exceptional soloists with a repertoire not often heard in
our city:

❀ Kenneth Goodge -Tenor
❀ Hannah Belnick – Soprano
❀ Rudie Darby – Soprano

❀ Fleur Millar – Conductor
❀ Sam Rowe – Pianist
❀ Manning Clark Choristers

Admission is free, although gold coin donations appreciated.

Manning Clark Choristers

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The Manning Clark Choristers, with Choir Leader Fleur Millar, and Pianist Sam Row, return for 2018, following a highly successful series of concerts at Manning Clark House in 2017.
If you would like to become a member of the Choristers, have fun, enjoy meeting a great group of people and singing high quality music, then we would love you to be involved.
No previous singing experience necessary and no audition required.
We will be holding some wonderful concerts in 2018, at Manning Clark House and for Fleur-de-lys Vocal Enterprises at fantastic locations in Canberra as well as being joined in concert by some of Canberra’s finest solo singers and young artists.
We also be holding regular workshops and lessons in Feldenkrais, Singing and Acting for Singing.
If you would like to enrol or seek more information please see contact details below, otherwise you can just turn up on the night.
Location: Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest
Term One Dates: Tuesday February 6th – Tuesday April 3rd
Time: 730-930, with a break for chats, tea, coffee and biccies!
Cost: $50 per term MCH members. $60 per term non members,
$5 drop in MCH members. $10 drop in non members.
Contact; Fleur Millar 0421187688 fleurmillar@yahoo.com.au.