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“Thrown to the lions” with Magda Szubanski

10 September 2019
6.00pm – 7.00pm AEST
UNSW Roundhouse
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Magda Szubanski
"Thrown to the Lions" How to survive the cyber marketplace of ideas.

Social media is the new arena where ideas and individuals live or die at the will of the mob. 

As a celebrity, Magda Szubanski has often found herself at the centre of these lawless, sometimes bruising interactions. But it was as an advocate for marriage equality that she encountered the real nature of the internet, red in tooth and claw.
With only her sense of humour to defend her, Magda has copped some of the worst social media has to offer. But if Magda – a genuine national treasure, twice voted Australia’s most trusted personality – can receive these streams of abuse, why would anyone else raise their voice in the public square?

So, how do we drain the poison that has entered the lifeblood of society? 

Let’s find out together.

Doors open 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start. This is a free event. Registration essential. 

This event is proudly presented by UNSW School of Social Sciences as part of Social Sciences Week @UNSW 2019. Visit the website for a full list of upcoming events.


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Magda Szubanski AO

Magda Szubanski AO is a multi award-winning actor, author and reluctant activist. Her memoir, Reckoning (2015), received rave reviews. A highly personal account of the intergenerational trauma that has stalked her Polish/Scottish/Irish family across the centuries, it won numerous awards including: Book of the Year; Biography of the Year; NSW Premier’s Literary Award; Victorian Community History Award; and was shortlisted for the National Biography Award.

For her contribution to the arts and Marriage Equality Magda was a state nominee for Australian of the Year, was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, and was recipient of Liberty Victoria’s “Voltaire Award” for Free Speech as well receiving an “Excellence in Women’s Leadership” Award 2018.