NIBS Underground – Book Talk – Breaking Out: Memories of Melbourne in the 1970s

Susan Blackburn will give a talk about a new book she has edited, Breaking Out: Memories of Melbourne in the 1970s.

When: 7pm Thursday 1st October

Where: New International Book Shop
This book celebrates Melbourne in heady times.

The turbulence of 1970s Australia stretched far beyond the Whitlam era and the level of national government. Sixteen contributors remember their roles in a vibrant and creative decade in Melbourne. Anything seemed possible: alternative approaches sprang up for everything from education to radio broadcasting, theatre, legal services and suburban living. Starting with the massive opposition to Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War and ending with efforts to combat its role in East Timor, contributors recall the protests against environment policies and the administration of universities.

Susan Blackburn has taught at Victoria University of Technology (Melbourne), Griffith University (Brisbane) and, since 1991, at Monash University. Her research has been in the areas of Indonesian history and politics, the Indonesian women’s movement, and foreign aid. In 2006 she completed a research project with Oxfam Australia on their assistance to women in postconflict situations.

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