The Wheeler Centre

The Wheeler Centre

Arts, Literature, Government & Organizations, Religion & Spirituality, Society & Culture, Philosophy

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‘Is identity something you "choose," or is it the very thing you can't escape?’ In 2017, the personal has never been more political – and the political never more personal. Still, even as we obsessively unpack how to best define ourselves and others, a clear understanding of ‘identity’ can prove frustratingly elusive. Jane Caro, Ivan Coyote,...

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What does it mean when we get our cultural criticism through our ears rather than our eyes? Culture podcasts such asSlate Culture Gabfest,The Final Cut,The RereadersandThe Canonare among the most popular in Australia and across the world. Many of these shows combine exhaustive analysis with robust debate of new books, films and music. They’re...

‘One day justice will be done and the jailer will replace the jailed.’ Hisham Matar’s father wrote these words in a smuggled letter to his family in 1992, while imprisoned in one of Muammar el-Qaddafi’s notorious jails in Tripoli. Jaballa Matar was a political dissident, kidnapped in 1990 by the dictator’s agents, and jailed. For years he wrote...

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Question Time: Drug Laws

May 29th, 2017

Supply reduction, demand reduction and harm reduction are the three key tenets of Australian drug policy. But these areas attract vastly different levels of funding, attention and reporting. Harm reduction strategies, in particular, ignite controversy and community anxiety. Today, we have only one safe injecting room (in Sydney) and no official...