Paul Sheehan for NSWJBD AGM

August 12, 2015 by J-Wire News Service
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Columnist and senior Sydney Morning Herald writer Paul Sheehan will be the keynote speaker at the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies’ 2015 Annual General Meeting next Tuesday evening.

Paul Sheehan

Paul Sheehan

Sheehan is often controversial and always outspoken and unapologetic in his views. Known for his wit and hard-hitting journalism, he lives by the mantra that shoes tell a lot about a person.

Throughout his illustrious career, he has had work published in the New Yorker, the New York Times and the Atlantic Monthly. Today, he is a regular writer for the Sydney Morning Herald and has served as the Herald’s Chief of Staff, Day Editor and Washington correspondent.

“This will be an opportunity to hear from one of Australia’s forthright commentators,” Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff said this week. “We urge members of the community to be there next week in large numbers.”

Acquiring his degree from the Australian National University, Sheehan went on to study at the Graduate school of Journalism at Columbia University in New York. His 1997 essay, ‘My Habit’ was selected to appear in a collection of the best American Essays of all time, as it explored his peculiar hobby of collecting crack vials.

Sheehan never shies away from the toughest of topics, regularly commenting on multicultural policies and incidents of racism. His book, ‘Among the Barbarians’ was an effort to ‘life the veil of intimidation’ surrounding widespread discussion on multiculturalism and immigration.

His columns are generally constructed from a conservative approach and are acknowledged for their criticisms of human rights organisations, multiculturalism and the Labor Party. He has also focused on Australia’s legal handling of sexual assault cases and regularly critiques neo-conservative ideologies.

He will be addressing the AGM on the topic of ‘The age of distortion’.  The meeting is in Darlinghurst on Tuesday August 18 at 7.3pm.

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