As part of Out in the Open, the City of Hobart presented a guest speaker at Speakers' Corner each week, either at lunchtime or at the end of the day.
This program will ran from 23 February to 13 April 2022
Wednesday 23 February | 4.45 - 5.15 pm
Tamas is a traditional Hungarian storyteller. His words make a long term imprint on his listeners. His end goal is not to just tell a great story, but to learn with his listeners about what it means to be human. Learn more on Tamas' website.
Wednesday 2 March | 12.30 - 1 pm
For #Hobartspeaks 'Bug Girl' will speak with passion, persuasion and irrefutable knowledge.
Shasta is completing her PhD in Entomology at UTAS, in amongst being an adventure tour guide and hanging out with the Taxidermists at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. This self-confessed PR consultant for insects even has a whole species of Amazonian beetle named after her!
Shasta has convinced many a sceptic that we'll soon be eating insects more that potato chips. You'll learn more from her in 30-minutes than you learnt in all of your years in the school lab.
Wednesday 9 March | 12.30 - 1 pm
Mamma Rosa speaks!
From her soapbox, she wants to share her unique brand of philosophy with those who dare to listen.
Mamma Rosa delivers advice for the young and young at heart, bringing the rowdy gusto of European public square speaking to Salamanca Plaza's Speakers' Corner.
Wednesday 16 March | 12.30 - 1 pm
Zoe knows science and how to speak about it!
She proposes: "If we can bring back the Tasmanian Tiger, should we?" and "who are we to decide?"
This, is as ethical a question as it is scientific. You may ask: who or what will teach the Tassie Tiger to behave and survive in the present day? If the genetics of a Dunnart and a Tasmanian Devil were melded, would a Tasmanian Tiger eventually emerge? And should it?
Wednesday 23 March | 5 - 5.30 pm
Nadia is an accredited swimming instructor, a player on the National Tasmanian Women's Underwater Rugby and Hockey teams, scuba dive instructor and scientific diver. She wants to help new migrants become the hero of their yesterday by assisting them to learn water sports and water safety through her From Zero to Hero program.
Nadia could barely swim when she first came to Australia. The deep part of the pool was a nightmare for her, but she trained by herself every day, faced discrimination and spent too much time and money before she discovered the steps toward her goals.
Nadia's mission is to make her program available to everyone who has a desire to explore the underwater world, develop their aquatic skills and take advantage of Tasmania's beautiful beaches.
Wednesday 30 March | 12.30 - 1 pm
Ian Johnston is one of the trio that founded the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Still active in the festival, he is undeniably one of the colourful characters of Hobart.
Ian will speak about why he loves Tasmania and suggest pragmatic changes that would greatly benefit both ourselves and future generations.
Wednesday 6 April | 12.30 - 1 pm
When she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2018, Bec travelled internationally to research body disposal technologies and the larger subjects of death and ceremony. Since then, she has become the president of the Natural Death Advocacy Network and the Australian Home Funeral Alliance.
She is a doula, providing support to people at the end of life. She speaks openly and passionately about a range of normally hushed topics like natural burial, family-led funerals and home-based death care.
For Bec Lyons, Speakers' Corner is the perfect platform to share her contemporary approach to death, and life.
Wednesday 13 April | 12.30 - 1 pm
Ari Moore is fascinated with atheism; what makes some people believe in deities and gods, and others not? A self-described 'agnostic', she is not convinced that it is even possible for us to know if gods exist or not.
As a PhD candidate at UTAS and student of philosophy for almost a decade, Ari is not setting out to disprove religion. She will speak about the similar emotional needs of believers and non-believers, and how some people find a profound connection with nature.
Ari Moore is a TEDxHobart speaker and the recipient of the 2022 Fulbright Tasmania Scholarship.