2019 Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture: Stale pale male whale yells ‘FIRE’ in crowded theatre @ State Library of Victoria - Village Roadshow Theatrette


Veteran broadcaster Jon Faine will give Melburnians a parting gift when he delivers State Library Victoria’s 2019 Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture on 17 September, just weeks before signing off from ABC’s airwaves after 23 years.

In his lecture, titled Stale Pale Male Whale Yells ‘FIRE’ in Crowded Theatre, Faine will challenge and entertain as he explores the deeply personal and vexing question of whether humanity can nudge its way back from the brink of democratic disaster, and if culture rather than technology is the answer?

Much respected by the many Victorians for whom his show is compulsory listening, Jon Faine is well known for his incisive interviewing skills, his quick wit and his capacity to explore and interrogate a wide range of issues and ideas, helping listeners find meaning in complexity.

“There is turmoil wherever we look, in our increasingly confusing world. Baby boomer optimism has been traded in for despair. Progress, it turns out, is neither inevitable nor linear. But, surely We Shall Overcome… overcome the trolls, populists and neo-fascists,” Mr Faine declares.

The 2019 Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 17 September, in the Village Roadshow Theatrette at State Library Victoria.


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