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Zoom Author Talk: Elaine Pearson In Conversation – EVENT POSTPONED

November 28, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join writer and interviewer, Claire Halliday, in conversation with author, and Human Rights Watch’s Australia Director, Elaine Pearson.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed. We hope to reschedule our Our Conversation event with Elaine Pearson soon. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Join interviewer and writer Claire Halliday during 16 Days of Activism in this important conversation with Elaine Pearson.

Elaine’s new non-fiction book, Chasing Wrongs and Rights tells a story of a life-long interest in human rights. It’s a story that started as a personal mission – and an unwavering commitment that continues today.

About the Book –

Growing up in Perth, Elaine Pearson dreamt of the world beyond her Australian backyard. Her British father and Singaporean-Chinese mother meant that her family extended beyond our shores, but her full understanding of how her professional calling might have been influenced by personal history was yet to come. Elaine’s interest in women’s rights and people-trafficking begins when she discovered that her beloved maternal grandmother had been sold to an opera troupe as a child to save the family from starvation.

It’s a journey that takes us on an international survey of human rights – into the UN committee rooms of New York and Geneva, as well as to the front-lines of Sri Lanka’s search for those who disappeared in the country’s civil war, examining death squad killings on the Philippines island of Mindanao and the detention of asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea. Her insights into the treatment of prisoners in Australia, many of whom are Aboriginal, demonstrates that human rights abuses are something that also happens in our own backyard. Chasing Wrongs and Rights reveals elements of humanity at its worst. Just as often, though, it shows the resilience, compassion and determination of people at their very best.

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About the Author –

Elaine Pearson is the Acting Asia Director at Human Rights Watch, based in Sydney. She joined Human Rights Watch in 2007 and was formerly the Deputy Director of the Asia Division and the Australia Director. Her articles have appeared in the Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, Foreign Policy and the Washington Post.

About the Host –

Claire is a freelance writer, author, copywriter and interviewer, with five non-fiction books and numerous articles in leading publications. She is currently working on a new book and accompanying podcast. Claire hosts regular In Conversation events for libraries, bookshops and organisations, and her insightful questions always make for an enjoyable evening.

Event information –

  • IMPORTANT: This session will be run using Zoom. An event link will be emailed 24 hours before the session. If you do not receive the link before the session, please check your SPAM folder or contact your local library during business hours
  • If this is your first Zoom session, joining in is straightforward! We’ll send a Zoom link to your registered email address before the event. Simply click on it and our librarian will admit you in to the session.
  • You will need a reliable WiFi connection and a computer/laptop or tablet/iPad
  • If you are using a laptop you don’t need to install anything to access Zoom as you can access it in your web browser by following the link which will be emailed to you.If you are accessing the event from a mobile or tablet you will need to download the Zoom application beforehand via your Google Play or Apple App store
  • A phone number is required when booking a ticket for this session. This is in case we need to contact you regarding any changes to the session and may be used to confirm your attendance closer to the date.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions via the Chat function on Zoom.
  • We ask that you mute your microphone when entering the session to avoid background noise during the event.

This author talk is brought to you through a partnership between Latrobe City Libraries, East Gippsland Shire Libraries and Myli Community Library.


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