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Monica Lewinsky

It’s hard to imagine anyone better qualified to speak about the ubiquity of bullying, humiliation and harassment in our culture than Monica Lewinsky. This August, when announced as a producer on the forthcoming series of American Crime Story, her public statement was characteristically considered, forthright and impressive: ‘People have been co-opting and telling my part in this story for decades … In fact, it wasn’t until the past few years that I’ve been able to fully reclaim my narrative, almost 20 years later.’

From her tireless leadership in anti-bullying activism to her acclaimed work with Vanity Fair, Lewinsky’s resilience, compassion and intellect have inspired audiences around the world. In what will be an unforgettable Broadside closing event, the celebrated activist and writer shares her insights, her advocacy and her story.

‘Anyone who is suffering from shame and public humiliation needs to know one thing: You can survive it … you can insist on a different ending.’

In conversation with Sophie Black.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.


$35 and $30 concession, plus a one-off $4.00 transaction fee


Melbourne Town Hall



Monica Lewinsky

'Sometimes they’ll say, "I went through this, but it’s nothing like what you went through." But I tell them that, if I drown in 60ft of water and you drown in 30ft, we both still drowned.'

Monica Lewinsky is a social activist, global public speaker, consultant and Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair. She advocates for a safer social media environment and addresses such topics as digital resilience, privacy, cultivating compassion, overcoming shame and equality for women. She was recently named as a producer on the upcoming season of American Crime Story.

Sophie Black

‘Women have many reasons to be wary, depressed or downright terri ed of the internet. No guaranteed safe space exists for a woman online. Especially a lippy one. And yet ... as a tool for social change, the internet, to the extent that we can still refer to it as a single entity, still offers immense possibilities.’

Sophie Black is head of publishing at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as the national to writers scheme The Next Chapter, the multi-award-winning podcast, The Messenger, and the ABC RN program, Talkfest. Previously she was editor-in-chief at Private Media, where she headed up titles such as Crikey, Women’s Agenda, Daily Review and SmartCompany. In 2013, she delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as Director. She sits on the advisory board for Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism and the human rights publication Right Now.