Clive Hamilton. Provocateur.
Join us at Stanton Library where Clive Hamilton will be talking about his new memoir, Provocateur.
DATE: Tues, 13 Sept 2022
VENUE: Stanton Library, 234 Millers Road, North Melbourne
TICKETS: Free. Book your place here.
Join us at Stanton Library where Clive Hamilton will be talking about his new memoir, Provocateur, as part of the Library's 'Meet the Author' series.
Clive Hamilton wanted to make a difference in the world. In his unique memoir, Provocateur, Hamilton shows us why questioning the status quo matters, how powerful arguments can change the country, and how the life of ideas in action actually works.
From why climate change matters and how we understand ourselves as Australians to the dangers posed to us by the new authoritarianism – all this and more has been shaped, for better or for worse, by public researchers and writers such as Hamilton.
His work, and that of the Australia Institute he founded, made him many friends as well as powerful enemies. He’s been denounced in federal parliament, black-handed by the Chinese Communist Party and sued by an angry corporation. He’s had to call in the police after death threats and take a crash course in counter-surveillance techniques. But he has also influenced the quality of the air Australians breathe, the cost of our education and how we see Australia’s place in the world.
In Provocateur, we see the passions, the doubts, the strategizing, the fears, the victories, the mistakes and the questioning. We are shown the importance of asking why and rattling the cage, but also the toll that it can have on the challenger. Provocateur is not just a memoir of change, but a blueprint for changing public debate in our increasingly uncertain times – proof that ideas are powerful and that a different way into the future is possible.
Clive Hamilton is an Australian author and academic. His influential books include Silent Invasion, Growth Fetish, Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change and Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene. For fourteen years he was the executive director of The Australia Institute, a think tank he founded. A professor at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, he has held visiting academic positions at the University of Oxford, Yale University and Sciences Po. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Guardian,