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Mary Kostakidis

Mary Kostakidis and The Freilich Project

The Herbert and Valmae Freilich Project for the Study of Bigotry acknowledges the important contribution that Mary Kostakidis has made to both journalism and human rights activism in Australia, and urges her to consider the potentially inflammatory impact of comments that she recently made on social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter). On...

Griffith Gallery hosts anti-racism exhibition We Bleed the Same

The Freilich Project at the Australian National University is proud to present "We BleedThe Same" at Griffith Regional Art Gallery until Friday 22 December 2023.  The exhibition and documentary is created by producer Liz Deep-Jones, photographer Tim Bauer and Art Director, Brenda Dwyer and features photographic and documentary accounts of racism...



Research Seminar: Investigating Overt and Covert Perpetuation of Prejudice and Bigotry in Children’s Picture Books

The call for the publication and use of diverse books for children is gaining momentum worldwide. Dr Helen Adam (Edith Cowan University) and Dr Sally Murphy (Curtin University) studied award-winning Australian picture books in 2019 and 2020. In this seminar they present findings and argue that we have a long way to go before we realise the...
Two men stand on a rooftop holding a sign that reads "Are not we your neighbour don't mistreat the foreigner"

Annual Freilich Lecture: Are we not your neighbours? Bigotry in Australian Life

Bigotry has been an enduring feature of Australian life, present from the arrival of the first Europeans on the continent’s shores.  In 1796, the New South Wales governor, John Hunter, bemoaned the arrival of Irish convicts, those ‘turbulent and worthless characters’, who, he wished, ‘had either been sent to the coast of Africa, or some place as...


Great adaptations: The positive impact of rewriting stories

If I asked you to think about the last five or so movies you’ve watched, how many of them were an adaptation of some type? A reboot? A remake? A retelling? There has been a recognisable trend, particularly in recent years, where a lot of the films and television we’ve been watching are derivative in some way. That’s not to say this is a bad...

More than the vibe: Talking to Kim Rubenstein on podcasting, Constitutional change, and the Voice to Parliament

This year, we’re being asked to change the Constitution. But how much do you know about how it works, and how it impacts our everyday lives? We spoke with Professor Kim Rubenstein of the University of Canberra, Citizenship and Constitutional law expert, who began teaching Constitutional law in 1993. In the lead up to this month’s referendum on the...

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