Festival Program

City Program

Dark Emu and The Art of Time Travel

Sat 4 Sep, 4pm
Athenaeum Theatre

Outside the contentious platforms of the culture wars, debate around Aboriginal histories is being welcomed by many as an opportunity to deepen our shared knowledge of the complexity and wonder of First Nations’ ways of life across the millennia. Transcending ugly politics, Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian author Bruce Pascoe (Dark Emu) and prize–winning historian Tom Griffiths (The Art of Time Travel) come together to consider the productive conversation that is emerging about our continent’s past, and how that might inform our future. They speak with anthropologist and broadcaster Sally Warhaft.


1 hour


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Tom Griffiths is an historian whose books and essays have won prizes in literature, history, science, politics and journalism. His books include Hunters and Collectors, Forests of Ash, Slicing the Silence and The Art of Time Travel. He is an Emeritus Professor of History at the Australian National University.

Bruce Pascoe is a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man who has published widely. Pascoe’s best known work Dark Emu interrogates the assumption that Indigenous Australians were hunter-gatherers and cites evidence of pre-colonial agriculture, engineering and building construction by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Sally Warhaft is host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, and The Leap Year, a podcast about Australians' lives in the 2020 lockdown. She is a former editor of The Monthly magazine and the author of Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

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