Money, Trade and the Human Experience: Part 2

The abolition of slavery is the first and most significant struggle for justice among that many that have occurred throughout history. As the second lecture in the Melbourne Museum series – Money, trade and the human experience – we will trace the impact of slavery on our contemporary society and investigate ways in which slavery still exists today.


The Abolition of Slavery

Wednesday 8 May, 6.30pm

Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton VIC 3053

Adult $25
Concession $22
Members $20


Money, Trade and the Human Experience is delivered in collaboration with Melbourne Museum as part of the Creating Space for Relevant Debate series.



Bhakthi Puvanenthiran (Moderator)
Associate Editor, Crikey


Bhakthi Puvanenthiran is an Associate Editor of covering politics and media. Previously Bhakthi was a journalist and editor at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald covering arts, entertainment and business. She co-hosted the podcast Hard Bargain and is a regular media commentator.

Dr. James K.O. Chong-Gossard, Senior Lecturer
Discipline Head of Classics/Archaeology, The University of Melbourne


James ‘K.O.’ Chong-Gossard is Discipline Head of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Melbourne, where he teaches the Ancient Greek language and classical studies. He specialises in Greek and Roman drama, as well as the study of gender in antiquity. He has been a co-investigator in two Australia Research Council Discovery Projects about the Roman comedies of Terence, all of which feature slaves as major characters. 

Dr. Clare Corbould, Associate Professor
Contemporary Histories Research Group
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University


Clare is the author of a book titled Becoming African Americans, which was published by Harvard University Press in 2009 and won the Victorian Premier’s Award for best first book of history. She is the co-editor of a collection titled Remembering the Revolution (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013). In the past few years, Clare has published articles and book chapters about twentieth century urban and popular African American culture. These include pieces on the miniseries Roots; on famed African American cartoonist E. Simms Campbell and his newspaper series about Harlem; and long-forgotten artists’ model Maurice Hunter. She is currently writing a book about African Americans and the American Revolution with Sydney historian Michael McDonnell and a monograph about how Americans acquired knowledge about slavery between 1920 and the 1970s. 

James DunlopAdvocacy Lead
Oxfam Australia


Building on Oxfam’s long history of human rights campaigning, James is passionate about workers’ rights and holding corporations to account for the behaviours that exacerbate economic inequality and poverty. James has led campaigns fighting for increased transparency and safety in the garment industry, living wages, tax justice and modern slavery.