Special Event

Sleepers Wake, Now!

Barry Jones in conversation with Nicole Curato

Friday 14 August 2020
6.30PM – 7.30PM

When Sleepers, Wake! first published in 1982, Deng Xiaoping and Bill Gates read it, which led to Jones being the first Australian minister invited to address a G-7 summit meeting. Nearly four decades on, Barry talks with Nicole Curato about the post-truth era and the challenge of increasingly fragile democracies and public institutions.

Presented by the Museum of Australian Democracy


Barry Jones

Barry Jones AC was a Labor member of the Victorian and Commonwealth parliaments, led the campaign to abolish the death penalty and became Australia’s longest-serving minister for science from 1983 to 1990. His books include Sleepers, Wake Now, A Thinking Reed, Dictionary of World Biography and The Shock of Recognition. His latest book, Sleepers, Wake, NOW!: life, work, and climate in the digital age, publishes in October 2020.


Nicole Curato

Nicole Curato is a prize-winning sociologist based at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. Her work focuses on how democracy unfolds in the aftermath of natural disasters, armed conflict and urban crime. Her latest book Democracy in a Time of Misery is based on three years of intensive fieldwork in Central Philippines after the world’s strongest storm in 2013.