David Malouf launches La Trobe Lecture Series

David Malouf launches La Trobe Lecture Series

08 Jul 2008

Celebrated Australian writer David Malouf will deliver La Trobe University's inaugural La Trobe Lecture at the Mildura Writers' Festival at 11am on Sunday 20 July – a highlight of this year's Festival, of which La Trobe University is a sponsor.

The title of his lecture is Where Australian Culture is going at the Moment. A free event, it will be held at the La Trobe University Lecture Theatre, Brian Grogan Building, on the University's Mildura Campus in Benetook Avenue.

La Trobe academics rock Mildura

The University's Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology will also be a major contributor to this year's Mildura Writers' Festival, which is being held from 17 to 20 July 2008. It will present a session on Australian Rock Music at 4.15pm on Friday 18 July, at the Mildura Brewery Theatre Club. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.

The Writing Australian Rock Music session will feature two prominent La Trobe sociologists, Thesis Eleven Centre Director Dr Trevor Hogan and Professor Peter Beilharz, former Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard, who will be joined by historian and author Clinton Walker, well-known for his works on Australian popular music.

A day of keynote speakers on campus

The University will also be hosting a series of Festival sessions on Saturday 19 July, from 8.30 am to 5.15 pm. These will feature a morning workshop for VCE literature students, conversations with key Festival speakers including Sonya Hartnett, Nicolas Rothwell and Alice Pung; and sessions including readings by David Malouf, Alex Miller and poets Les Murray, Anthony Lawrence and Sarah Day.

La Trobe University is a long-standing sponsor of the Festival and Education Partner for Arts Mildura which presents, along with the Mildura Writers' Festival, four other major annual arts events, the Murray River International Music Festival, Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival, Murray Darling Palimpsest and the Mildura Jazz Festival.

For full details about the program and guest writers at this year's Mildura Writers' Festival see: www.artsmildura.com.au or ring Arts Mildura on (03) 5021 5100.

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