We are doomed to repeat history if we fail to learn from it, but how are we affected by the forces that are invisible to us? What gets passed down to us from our parents, and from theirs, and from the many generations before them? In The Invisible History of the Human Race, Christine Kenneally explores how historical artefacts and DNA tell us where we come from and where we may be going. From fateful, ancient encounters to modern mass migrations and medical diagnoses, Kenneally explains how the forces that shaped the history of the world ultimately shape each human who inhabits it.
Christine Kenneally is an award-winning journalist and author who has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, New Scientist, The Monthly and other publications. Her books, The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures and The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language, are published by Black Inc in Australia and by Penguin in the US, and they have been translated into many other languages. She is currently working on a long-form project for Buzzfeed News.
Abbotsford Convent Writers in Residence Tony Birch, Michelle Aung Thin and Professor Marcia Langton AM are also presenting as part of Open Spaces. There is a special ticket price to see all four talks for $30 - you can select this option when you purchase your ticket. For more information about the talks, visit the event listing here.
This talk is presented as part of the Abbotsford Convent Foundation's flagship multi-arts event, Open Spaces 2016. Tickets to talks include general entry to Open Spaces – simply show your tour ticket at the gate upon arrival. Without a prepurchased ticket, general entry to Open Spaces is $2 at the gate (children under 5 are free). For more information, please see the Abbotsford Convent's website.