Illicit Love

Ann McGrath In Conversation with Aarti Betigeri

Saturday 25 August 2018
9.30AM – 10.30AM
Senate Chamber
Museum of Australian Democracy

In this ground-breaking award-winning book, ANU historian Ann McGrath tackles the one-time taboo subject of inter-racial sex and marriage. In this lively and compassionate book, McGrath focuses on the period between the 18th and early 20th century in the United States and Australia and reveals how marriage itself was used by disparate parties for both empowerment and disempowerment and came to embody the contradictions of imperialism. In conversation with journalist Aarti Betigeri.

Professor Ann McGrath AM is the Kathleen Fitzpatrick ARC Laureate Fellow in the School of History, Australian National University, where she holds the position of Distinguished Professor. Her first book, entitled Born in the Cattle: Aborigines in Cattle Country (1987) won the W.K. Hancock Prize. Recent works include Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia which was awarded the NSW Premiers History Prize, General Category 2016; Long History, Deep Time (with Mary Anne Jebb, ed.); and ‘On the Sacred Clay of Botany Bay: Landings, National Memorialization and Multiple Sovereignties’, New Diversities, Vol 19, no 2, 2017. She has also contributed as an expert witness in land claims, in the Gunner and Cubillo case and in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.  She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and of the Academy of Humanities and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Linneaus University, Sweden.

Aarti Betigeri is a multi-platform journalist and former foreign correspondent based in Canberra. She is a correspondent for Monocle and contributes to various other local and foreign media outlets. She recently returned to Australia after almost a decade in India, where she reported across South Asia for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, the Christian Science Monitor, Public Radio International, and many others. She has interviewed three world leaders and worked on major investigative journalism initiatives including an ABC Foreign Correspondent documentary on international surrogacy. Prior to moving to India, she was a television news journalist and presenter with the ABC and SBS.