It's hard to imagine two figures with a bigger impact on the cultural and intellectual understanding of contemporary Australia than Marcia Langton and Julianne Schultz. The two professors are unparalleled when it comes to analysis, engagement and understanding of our public and political sphere. As a journalist, editor, academic and writer, Julianne's influence and insights have been considerable and her new book The Idea of Australia: A search for the soul of the nation is nothing less than a manifesto for how we might regard the great myths of national identity that underpin our society. Marcia's academic reputation, policy commitment and various roles as a prominent public intellectual have included a celebrated contribution to the Boyer Lectures and the groundbreaking Welcome to Country: A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia. The two join Clare Wright to discuss the potential, the disappointments and the state of the nation.

Marcia Langton (Australian)

Marcia Langton

Professor Marcia Langton AO PhD Macq U, BA (Hons) ANU, FASSA is one of Australia's most important voices for Indigenous Australia. As an anthropologist and geographer, she has made a significant contribution to government and non-government policy as well as to Indigenous studies, native title and resource management, art and culture, and women's rights. Professor Langton has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne since February 2000. In 2016, she was honoured as a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, and was then appointed as the first Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne in 2017. She has received many other accolades, including the Officer of the Order of Australia award in 2020. The first edition of Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country was published in 2018 has sold in excess of 40,000 copies since its release.

Julianne Schultz (Australian)

Julianne Schultz

Professor Emeritus Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is the Chair of The Conversation. She was the publisher and founding editor of Griffith Review, and is Professor Emeritus of Media and Culture at Griffith's Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, and a member of the advisory board of the Gradient Institute. She is an acclaimed author of several books, including Reviving the Fourth Estate (Cambridge) and Steel City Blues (Penguin), and the librettos to the award-winning operas Black River and Going Into Shadows. In 2009, Julianne became a Member of the Order of Australia for services to journalism and the community, and an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities the following year. She has served on the board of directors of the ABC, Grattan Institute and Copyright Agency, and chaired the Australian Film TV and Radio School, Queensland Design Council and National Cultural Policy Reference Group.

Clare Wright (Australian)

Clare Wright

Clare Wright is an historian, author, broadcaster, podcaster and public commentator. She is the author of four works of history, including the Stella Award-winning The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. Her latest book is You Daughers of Freedom, the second instalment of her Democracy Trilogy. Clare co-hosts the Archive Fever podcast and has written and presented history documentaries for ABC Television and Radio National. She is currently a Professor of History at La Trobe University.