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Journalist Jane Hutcheon will host a Secular Sermon on Modern Celebrity for The School of Life Melbourne on Tuesday 1 July in Melbourne and Thursday 3 July in Sydney.

Tickets are on sale now via: www.theschooloflife.com/melbourne

“We are fascinated by the lives of others, particularly those that seem somewhat removed from our own,” says Kaj Lofgren, Director of The School of Life Australia.

“The celebrated personalities who make their way across our newspapers, televisions and digital screens can inspire us in a deep and primal way. Jane Hutcheon will explore how and why they do.”

Over the past four years, Jane Hutcheon has conducted face-to-face conversations with hundreds of celebrities, from scientists and politicians to authors and performers.

In this Sermon, Hutcheon will argue that despite the superficial nature of much celebrity coverage in the media, we can learn a lot from the lives of celebrities.  She will explore why we are so interested in them and how our interest is good for us and discuss how journalism can spearhead a new way to view celebrities by changing the tone of the conversation.

Hutcheon will lead attendees through the huge change in celebrity culture over the past two decades, the pitfalls of idolatry but, more importantly, a road-map to changing how we view celebrities.  She also offers us a chance to ‘trade-in’ our favourite celebrities for better role models.


Jane Hutcheon is the host of the interview program One Plus One on ABC TV.  Her engaging, minimalist style encourages guests to reveal themselves through thoughtful, open-ended questions.  Jane was a foreign correspondent in China, the Middle East and Europe. As an international correspondent and now TV host, Jane has interviewed people from all walks of life and every corner of the earth.   Her first book From Rice to Riches was released in 2005.


The School of Life Melbourne is located at 669 Bourke Street, Melbourne and the purpose-built space includes a bookshop/café and classroom.  It was the first permanent branch of The School of Life outside of London and since launching in March it has enjoyed its first sold-out term of classes and events.

Secular Sermon with Jane Hutcheon on Modern Celebrity

Tuesday 1 July, 6:00pm
Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne

Thursday 3 July, 6:00pm
Bondi Pavilion Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach, Sydney

To buy tickets to the Sermon ($35 full price / $30 concession) and for more information on The School of Life Melbourne visit: www.theschooloflife.com/melbourne