Weekend of Ideas

Weekend of Ideas is an annual event staged by Manning Clark House. In 2010 the theme was ‘Fair suck of the sauce bottle: A celebration of Australian language’ and the event was hosted by the National Museum.

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Bendable learnings

Don Watson, writer

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Don Watson looks at the triumph of modern management-speak and how those who favour the deliberately obscure and the falsely scientific are driving us all nuts.

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audiences, language, media, politics

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Love of language

David Malouf, writer

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

David Malouf talks about the importance of language and literacy, and his love of language, but also laments its overuse and debasement.

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language

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Language and identity

Jeanie Bell, Batchelor Institute for Indigenous Tertiary Education

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Jeanie Bell, a Jagera and Dulingbara woman, talks about the importance of language to Indigenous identities, the impact of the forcible loss of language and culture, and the attempts to revive Indigenous languages.

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conflict, indigenous, language

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The language of power and persuasion

Julian Burnside, barrister, activist and writer

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Julian Burnside reflects on the importance of words in his life as a barrister, an activist, and a writer.

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language, politics

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A life in dictionaries

Dr Bruce Moore, Australian National Dictionary Centre

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Bruce Moore describes how his life in dictionaries, and in Australian English, began when he was teaching army cadets old and middle English languages.

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language

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Living language

Susan Butler, Macquarie Dictionary, and Roly Sussex, University of Queensland

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Susan Butler and Roly Sussex discuss the idea that a living Australian English is all about change and infiltration by ‘multiple, parallel streams’ as spoken by Aboriginal people, Southern European migrants, English-speakers in other countries and so on.

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language

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