History and its use and abuse in politics: Canberra workshop coming up, 5 September (and audio of Chris Uhlmann lecture)

Funnily enough, given the deja vu-ness of this week’s events in Canberra, some experts are getting together on 5 September to look at the use and abuse of history in the political process. Details are here. Speakers include Honest History president, Frank Bongiorno.

Can history offer leads about what is causing people to lose faith in our democratic institutions? Can insights from the past suggest how we might tackle difficult reforms in areas such as energy, taxation, welfare and climate policy?

Sponsors are the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, the Australian Policy and History network, Deakin University, and the Australian National University. Starts at 9.00 am. Only $10.

And if you wanted to warm up, here is the broadcast of Chris Uhlmann’s recent Manning Clark lecture, which ranges across fiction, myth and history and more besides: Secret City: Fact, fiction and Australian politics.

20 August 2018

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