Capturing Political Animals: A conversation with director Jonah Markowitz

28 February 2017

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Documentary Political Animals tells the story of one of the biggest civil rights struggles of this century – the gay rights movement – through the eyes of four elected women in California. Emotionally charged like its subjects, the film chronicles their fight for the causes most personal to them and their communities.

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Who is the forgotten man?

2 March 2017

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

American political analyst, historian and journalist Thomas Frank has long chronicled the decline of the American middle class and the cries for more meaningful action on income inequality. During his visit to Australia, he'll speak on the Democratic Party’s failures over the last few decades and look at the rise of the American Right, which has become reinvigorated by the arrival of hard times.

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Race and Incarceration: Comparing re-integration in Australia and the United States

13 March 2017

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Why are racial disparities in the justice system so pronounced in two countries with such distinctive racial histories?  Following a year in which revelations of abuse in Australia’s juvenile detention system provoked a national discussion on the treatment of our indigenous communities, and the establishment of a federal inquiry into the average representation of indigenous Australians in prisons, the United States Studies Centre is convening a gathering of international experts to examine the racial disparity affecting the justice systems in both countries and to chart a way forward.

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James Brown

Australia in firing line if US and China go to war

Associate Professor James Brown says Australia faces some tough decisions if tensions escalate between the US and China.

Simon Jackman

About the US Studies Centre

Centre CEO Simon Jackman explains the Centres wide range of teaching, research, study abroad and outreach activities.

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