Uncensored Conversations – The Herd speak out!

The third and final event of the Uncensored Conversations Speaker Series, ‘Freedom of speech and censorship: How free are we?’ will be held at 6pm in King’s Hall at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra on 15 June 2010. Three members of Sydney hip hop group, The Herd, (Urthboy, Ozi Batla and Traksewt) and will share their thoughts alongside Professor Dr Julianne Schultz.

The Herd have used music as an outlet to express their opinions on a variety of issues. Their song ‘77%’ – which features the line ‘77% of Aussies are racist’ – refers to survey results that revealed the majority of Australians agreed with the former Australian Federal Government’s response to the Tampa affair. With a history of expressing active opinions through their music, The Herd members will discuss how democracy influences the inspiration of their craft. Tracks of The Herd are included in the Museum of Australian Democracy’s Living Democracy exhibition.

Julianne is a professor at the Centre for Public Culture and Ideas at Griffith University in Queensland. At the 2020 Summit she co-chaired the Creative Australia session, which explored the future of Australian arts, film and design. She has also written extensively about the media and democracy.

The Uncensored Conversations forums are free events and registration is essential. To reserve your free ticket or tickets, register below and leave your name and email address. You can also follow the Museum of Australian Democracy on Twitter @MoAD_Canberra.

Freedom of speech and censorship (15 June). Register by email:  censorship@moadoph.gov.au

Tracks from The Herd are included in the MOAD-LD exhibition, along with some brilliant photos of The Herd and the other speakers captured by celebrity photographer Robin Sellick (Robin Sellick Webpage). Each Uncensored Conversations event will be recorded and available as a free podcasts at: www.moadoph.gov.au.

Direct Podcast Page Links
Event 1: Immigration, asylum seekers and refugees: What is the real impact? – With Les Murray and Abdalla Ahmed.

Event 2:
Involvement or intrusion: Where is the line for our Government? – With Tim Costello and Stephen Kenny.

Image credit
Photograph by Robin Sellick.

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