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).
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.
Wednesday 23 May 5.30 for 6pm
Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest
MCH members $5, concession (Government Support) and full-time students $10
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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
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
❀ 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.
27 February 2018 – 5.30 for 6pm
Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest
MCH members, concession/full-time students $10, non-members $15.00
Whither the ABC – a panel discussion featuring Genevieve Jacobs (ex ABC), Jack Waterford (ex Canberra Times) and Ebony Bennett (Australia Institute) about the Australian Broadcasting Corporation which will end with questions and answers from the audience.
Genevieve Jacobs has been a print and radio journalist throughout her career and spent more than a decade working for the ABC in Canberra, most recently as the Mornings presenter. She works with a number of Canberra charities and not for profits and has an enduring interest in building and strengthening community engagement.
Ebony Bennett is the Deputy Director of Canberra-based think tank The Australia Institute and has worked in federal politics for more than a decade. Bennett has published research on gender and street harassment and regularly appears as a commentator on Sky News and as a contributor for the Guardian and Fairfax publications.
Jack Waterford is the former Editor-at-large at The Canberra Times and writes a regular column.
Book title: Curing Affluenza
14 December, 5.30 for 6.30pm
Venue: Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest, ACT
Members (and concession) $5, non-members $10
Richard Denniss will be talking about his latest book ‘Curing Affluenza’ in conversation with Genevieve Jacobs of ABC radio.
‘Affluenza is that strange desire we feel to spend money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t know . . .’
A truly modern affliction, affluenza is endemic in Western societies, encouraged by those who profit from aculture of exploitation and waste.
So how do we cure ourselves?
In this sparkling book of ideas, Richard Denniss shows we must distinguish between consumerism, the love of buying things, which is undeniably harmful to us and the planet, and materialism, the love of things, which can in fact be beneficial.
We should cherish the things we own – preserve them, repair them, and then gift or sell them when we no longer need them. We must foster new ways of thinking and acting that do not squander limited resources and which support the things we value most – vibrant communities and rich experiences.
The book will be available and signed by the author. There will be plenty of time for discussion.
20th anniversary celebration
of Manning Clark House Inc.
November 25 th
5.00 – 7.00 pm
Members $10, non-members $20
Sebastian Clark invites you to join the MCH community for a couple of hours celebrating 20 years of Manning Clark House being established as an historic home for contemporary discussion and debate.
This will be a festive occasion in the gardens, with nibbles, drinks, an insightful overview of the last 20 years and an operatic performance by superb soloists and the Manning Clark House Choristers.
MCH Poetry Group
23 November, 7 pm – $10 entry refreshments provided.
Venue: Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest.
Moya Pacey is a Canberra poet. The Wardrobe, her first collection, was a runner-up for the ACT Writers Centre Poetry Award in 2010. In 2015, she published One Last Border: poetry for refugees with Hazel Hall and Sandra Renew (Ginninderra Press). In 2017 Recent Work Press will publish her second collection. She co-edits ‘Not Very Quiet’ an online poetry journal for women.
Sarah Rice won the 2014 Ron Pretty and Bruce Dawe poetry prizes, co-won the 2013 Writing Ventures, and 2011 Gwen Harwood awards, and has been shortlisted in numerous others. Her art-book of poetry Those Who Travel (prints Patsy Payne) is held in the NGA and her collection, Fingertip of the Tongue, was published in September by UWAP this year.
Due to unforseen circumstances our guest poet for Oct 26 – Shane Strange – can no longer attend on that day. We now plan to see him in 2018.
The next MCH Poetry night is in November.
Details coming soon!