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2022: Reckoning with Power and Privilege

17 November 2022
6.30pm – 7.45pm AEDT
Roundhouse, UNSW Sydney
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The panel discussion will now feature Tim SoutphommasaneMichelle Arrow and The Conversation's, Sunanda Creagh. Unfortunately, due to illness, Bronwyn Carlson and Richard Holden will not be able to speak in tonight's event.

Michelle Arrow | Bronwyn Carlson | Sunanda Creagh | Richard Holden | Tim Soutphommasane  

Australian voters ousting a nine-year-old Coalition government. A step towards instituting a First Nations Voice to Parliament. Grace Tame. Entrenched structures of authority have been challenged at home and around the world this year. But what will the impact of these momentous events be on the way we live, and the way our domestic and international parliaments govern? The Conversation’s latest collection of insightful essays from leading thinkers, 2022: Reckoning with Power and Privilege, unpacks this very question.  

Join Tim Soutphommasane, Professor of Practice at University of Sydney; Michelle Arrow, Professor of Modern History at Macquarie University; Richard Holden, Professor of Economics at UNSW Sydney and President of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences; and Bronwyn Carlson, Professor of Indigenous Studies and Director of the Centre for Global Indigenous Futures at Macquarie University, as they explore the potent forces that continue to shape our world and how those with the privilege of power don’t always prevail in a panel discussion chaired by The Conversation’s Senior Editor, Sunanda Creagh. 

To purchase the book, 2022: Reckoning with Power and Privilege, head here

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and The Conversation.


The Roundhouse is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington Campus (highlighted red on this map). Please note this is a live event only, and will not be available via livestream.  


The health and safety of our patrons is our top priority. This event will abide by the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry and check back here for updated information prior to the event.  

  • Do not attend the event if you feel unwell, have recently experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

  • Face masks are recommended.







Wheelchair Access
The closest accessible drop off point to the Roundhouse is the north entrance (D5 on map). Vehicles need to arrive via High Street, Gate 2, follow the road to Third Avenue and turn onto 1st Avenue West. The closest accessible parking is available in the Western Campus Car Park on Anzac Parade (G2 on map). 

Assisted Listening
The Roundhouse has a hearing loop. Patrons wishing to utilise this need to simply switch their hearing aid to the T (Telecoil) setting to pick up on the wireless signal. 

Auslan & Captioning 
Auslan interpreting services and/or live captioning can be provided for selected talks upon request. 

To discuss access requirements and book selected services, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email


The Roundhouse is easily accessible via public transport. Call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or visit

Paid casual and visitor parking is offered via the CellOPark App and ‘pay by plate meters’. For more information head here


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Michelle Arrow

Michelle Arrow

Michelle Arrow is a Professor in Modern History at Macquarie University and a fellow of the Whitlam Institute. She is the author of three books, including The Seventies: The Personal, the Political and the Making of Modern Australia, which was awarded the 2020 Ernest Scott Prize for history.  

Read Michelle Arrow’s article, ‘Making change, making history, making noise: Brittany Higgins and Grace Tame at the National Press Club’, here

Bronwyn Carlson

Bronwyn Carlson

Bronwyn Carlson is the Head of the Department of Indigenous Studies and Professor at Macquarie University. She is widely published on the topic of Indigenous cultural, social, intimate and political engagements on social media including two recent publications: Indigenous Digital Life: The Practice and Politics of Being Indigenous on Social Media and co-editing and contributing to Indigenous Peoples Rise Up: The Global Ascendency of Social Media Activism. She is also the founding and Managing Editor of the Journal of Global Indigeneity and the Director of The Centre for Global Indigenous Futures. Bronwyn is a member of The Australian Sociological Association and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Sociology. In 2020 she was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.  

Read Bronwyn Carlson’s articles below: 

‘Don't say the Aboriginal flag was 'freed' – it belongs to us, not the Commonwealth’  

‘A short history of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy – an indelible reminder of unceded sovereignty

Richard Holden

Richard Holden

Richard Holden is a Professor of Economics in the UNSW Business School, and President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He received a PhD from Harvard University and was a faculty member at MIT and the University of Chicago before returning to Australia. He has published in leading economics journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and Review of Economic Studies. His popular writings have appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, Australian Financial Review, The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald. He is currently a regular columnist for the Australian Financial Review. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, and of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. His most recent book (co-authored with Rosalind Dixon) is From Free to Fair Markets: Liberalism after COVID-19.  

Read Richard Holden’s article, ‘Josh Frydenberg’s budget is an extraordinary turnaround – but leaves a $40 billion problem’, here.

Tim Soutphommasane

Tim Soutphommasane

Tim Soutphommasane is a Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory) and Director of Culture Strategy at the University of Sydney. A political theorist and human rights advocate, from 2013 to 2018 Tim was Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner. His thinking on patriotism, multiculturalism and national identity has been influential in debates in Australia and Britain. He is the author of five books, most recently On Hate, and has been a columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Weekend Australian. 

Read Tim Soutphommasane’s article, ‘We’re about to have Australia’s most diverse parliament yet – but there’s still a long way to go’, here

Photo credit: Michael Amendolia 

Sunanda Creagh

Sunanda Creagh (Chairperson)

Sunanda Creagh is an award-winning journalist and a Senior Editor at The Conversation. Previously, Sunanda has been The Conversation's FactCheck Editor, News Editor and Arts + Culture Deputy Editor. She began her career at The Sydney Morning Herald and worked at the Reuters bureau in Jakarta as a political correspondent before joining The Conversation in 2011.   

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