• Let’s learn to love our Aussie accents

    Kate Burridge     |      March 17, 2019

    Our views of accents are arbitrary social evaluations rather than intrinsic facts, and we base them on our knowledge and experience of the people who lie behind them. We should embrace our accents as part of who we are.

  • Booze and boys are still a risky combination

    Steven Roberts     |      March 10, 2019

    “They are not a nation of snobs like the English or of extravagant boasters like the Americans or of reckless profligates like the French, they are simply a nation of drunkards.” – Marcus Clarke, 1869

  • Museums are good for your health

    Lena Gan     |      March 2, 2019

    Visiting a museum can help older Australians with their overall mental and physical wellbeing, and bring the generations closer together.

  • Reflections on life in the “lucky country” after dancing in Berlin

    Sophie Mayo     |      February 27, 2019

    GAP intern Sophie Mayo reflects on her time in Berlin as a ballet dancer and the experience of adjusting back to life in Sydney on her return.

  • Remembering Pete Seeger

    Allan Winkler     |      February 26, 2019

    Can songs change the world for the better? Maybe not, but the long life of American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger shows that songs can help ensure the worst of the world doesn’t change us.

  • “Alle Shalle Be Wele”

    Veronica Mary Rolf     |      February 16, 2019

    Julian of Norwich was born in the 14th century, into a world ravaged by pestilence, poverty and war, but the lessons taught by the life and works of this medieval English recluse may still have some meaning for people today.

  • Creating people-to-people links through language and culture tours

    Benjamin Blackshaw     |      February 9, 2019

    In these times of rising international tensions, it is vital that people-to-people links are strengthened through educational and cultural opportunities, for we can all learn from others.

  • Our booming café culture is fuelled by urban growth

    Open Forum     |      February 7, 2019

    Café culture is now a firm fixture in urban life around the world, providing new social spaces for a diverse range of people. While craft beer is also increasingly popular, more of us are bonding over coffee.

  • Moving between different cultural worlds

    Rimi Khan     |      February 5, 2019

    Young Australians from migrant and refugee backgrounds are close to their families, but this can mean they have to negotiate a balance between different cultural expectations.

  • How creativity can help us cultivate moral imagination

    Elizabeth Reid Boyd     |      January 31, 2019

    Whether it’s a painting, or a patchwork quilt, when we create something, we step into the future, we trust in the destiny of our own creations. We learn to trust that we can create our own reality.

  • The ancient roots of your humble garden

    Eva Anagnostou     |      January 19, 2019

    You don’t have to be an avid gardener to appreciate the opportunity for reflection that a stroll in the garden can afford us, but gardens are also bound to their political and religious history, traces of which can be found in our ongoing cultural obsession with them.

  • The unacknowledged fictions of Yuval Harari

    Jeremy Lent     |      January 12, 2019

    Yuval Noah Harari may be a popular and highly influential writer on the past and future of humanity, but replacing one set of myths with another is no basis for confronting the earth’s existential problems.