2021 was yet another tumultuous year in news. The pandemic once again plunged Australia’s east coast into rolling lockdowns, the vaccine rollout recovered from a slow start, sexual misconduct and integrity issues put the Morrison government on the back foot… and billionaires shot themselves into space.
The Conversation explored these issues and many more in a series of panel discussions featuring academic experts.
Catch up on selected events below with these digital recordings.
The year in #auspol with Michelle Grattan and Peter Martin
To celebrate the launch of The Conversation’s tenth anniversary essay collection No you’re not entitled to your opinion, and 49 other essays that got the world talking, The Conversation’s Chief Political Correspondent Michelle Grattan and Business + Economy Editor Peter Martin joined Dr Caroline Fisher from The University of Canberra to discuss the year that was, and took an expert punt at what lies ahead in 2022.
How did we end up here?
Held in partnership with the University of South Australia’s Hawke Centre, this Adelaide-based panel event covered everything from epidemiology to space archaeology.
Jane Howard, The Conversation’s Deputy Arts + Culture Editor, spoke with expert guests:
Dr Alice Gorman, internationally recognised leader in the field of space archaeology, Flinders University
Professor Adrian Esterman, Chair of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of South Australia
Rick Sarre, Emeritus Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, University of South Australia
Read more: Live-streamed event: watch top thinkers explore how children can change the world in 2021
No, you’re not entitled to your opinion
Held at Avid Reader bookshop, this Brisbane-based panel event examined everything from ANZAC mythology to mental health in sport. Liz Minchin, The Conversation’s Executive Editor, spoke with expert guests:
Peter Ellerton, lecturer in critical thinking pedagogies, University of Queensland
Martin Crotty, Associate Professor in Australian History, University of Queensland
Ella Donald, journalist, academic and writer
Read more: Plants and people: the art of living together, a live-streamed event
What is the future of First Nations literature?
This continent has the oldest continuous storytelling tradition in the world. But the Australian literary canon is, let’s face it, overwhelmingly white. And while First Nations literature is increasingly visible in bookshops and literary awards, are things really changing?
Held in partnership with the State Library of Queensland, this Brisbane-based panel event featured special guests:
Rhianna Patrick, broadcaster, curator and journalist
Tony Birch, Indigenous Australian author, academic and activist
Larissa Behrendt, writer, broadcaster and Distinguished Professor, University of Technology Sydney
Jasmin McGaughey, emerging Torres Strait Islander writer and editor