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Ashton Applewhite: Age Pride

9 November 2019
4.30pm – 5.30pm AEDT
Bay 17, Carriageworks
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We all want long lives, so why are we so afraid of growing old? Anti-ageism campaigner Ashton Applewhite works to dismantle the ageism that is woven into our societies.

This talk is chaired by Caroline Baum.

Ageing is not a problem to be fixed or a disease to be cured, it is a natural, powerful, lifelong process that unites us all.

Ashton Applewhite

You can no more be anti-aging than anti-breathing.

Ann Karpf

Discrimination on the basis of age is as unacceptable as discrimination on the basis of any other aspect of ourselves that we cannot change.

Ashton Applewhite

Ageing is something that both men and women are utterly terrified about.

Cate Blanchett

Presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and Carriageworks.

This session is supported by EveryAGE Counts Campaign. Sign the pledge to stand for a world without ageism.


Standard – $29 + booking fee
UNSW Student & Under 18s – $23 + booking fee


$49 – $124 + booking fee 
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Wheelchair Accessible

Carriageworks has a wheelchair ramp and level access at all entrances. There is level access and accessible seating available in all venues along with multiple accessible toilets. Accessible parking is available at the end of Carriageworks Way. Enter via 229 Wilson Street. The closest train station with wheelchair access is Newtown Station.

Auslan & Captioning

The Centre for Ideas can provide Auslan and captioning services for selected talks upon request. 

Companion Card

The Centre for Ideas supports the Companion Card program. For patrons who require assistance of a companion or carer, a second ticket is issued at no cost to the Companion Card holder.


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Ashton Applewhite

Ashton Applewhite

Ashton Applewhite is an activist and the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. She has been recognised by The New York Times, National Public Radio, the American Society on Aging, the Australian Association of Gerontology, and the International Longevity Centre as an expert on ageism. Ashton blogs at This Chair Rocks, speaks widely at venues that have ranged from the TED mainstage to the United Nations, has written for Harper's Magazine, The Guardian, and The New York Times, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist?

Caroline Baum

Caroline Baum

Caroline is the author of Only: A Singular Memoir about being an only child, published in 2017. Her life-writing has also appeared in several anthologies including My Mother, My Father: On Losing a Parent and Rebellious Daughters. Life Sentences, her podcast about the practice of contemporary biography, is available on all major platforms. Caroline is the winner of the 2015 Hazel Rowley Award and her journalism has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, Griffith Review, and The Guardian. Caroline is the Ambassador for the Older Women’s Network in NSW.

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