Public thinkers tackle critical issues

Public thinkers tackle critical issues

25 Sep 2009

In 2009 La Trobe University established the Ideas & Society Program and its convenor is Robert Manne, Professor of Politics.  The aim of the Program is to bring students, staff and the general public together to consider some of the critical questions of the times and to enliven intellectual life at the University.

robert-manneIts aim is also to bring some of Australia’s leading thinkers and public figures to the university campus to deepen the understanding of these critical issues.   

At our first public event the former Australian of the Year, Tim Flannery, a La Trobe graduate, discussed the challenge of climate change. This talk is now available on the La Trobe site in iTunesU.

Over the next month two major public events are planned.

On Wednesday October 7 at 12.00pm:

Malcolm Fraser, the former Prime Minister of Australia and Barry Jones, the former President of the Labor Party will join Robert Manne in conversation on the question:

Venue: Agora Cinema, La Trobe University, Bundoora campus.

On Tuesday October 20 at 12.00 pm:

Henry Reynolds, the leading historian of indigenous dispossession and Ghassan Hage, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Melbourne will debate

Judith Brett, Professor of Politics at La Trobe and John Hirst, Australia’s leading political historian, on the question of:


Venue: Union Hall, La Trobe University, Bundoora campus.

All members of the university and the general public are invited to these events.

La Trobe University is excited about the possibilities of this new venture.

Any queries about the aims of the Program or about one of the forthcoming events should be addressed to Professor Robert Manne, or 03-9479-2114.




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