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Code: 37  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Religion & Spirituality, , History
Thursday, May 17 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Geoffrey Blainey, Michael Costigan (facilitator)
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“It is remarkable that a man who lived 2000 years ago, who held no public office and owned no wealth, and who travelled no more than a few days’ walk from his birthplace should have exerted such influence”, says Geoffrey Blainey whose latest book (his 37th) is a massive research project: a “many-sided history of Christianity” and its influence, both benign and otherwise, around the world for over 2,000 years. He talks to Michael Costigan.

Geoffrey Blainey (Australian)

Geoffrey Blainey is one of Australia's most significant and popular historians. He held chairs in economic history and in plain history at the University of Melbourne for 21 years and has written some 36 books including the bestselling A Short History of the World. Professor Blainey was a delegate to the 1998 Constitutional Convention and also chaired various Commonwealth government bodies including the Australia Council, the Literature Board, the Australia-China Council and the National Council for the Centenary of Federation.

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Michael Costigan (Australian)

Born and raised in a well known Melbourne family, Michael Costigan came to Sydney in 1975. He has had careers in the Catholic priesthood, government and church public service and journalism, including the founding literary editorship of Nation Review (1970-73). The first Director of the Australia Council’s Literature Board (1973-83), led initially by Geoffrey Blainey, Costigan now chairs the Patrick White Literary Award's judging panel. He has been a widely published commentator on religious, literary and general topics for over sixty years.