Tim Flannery & Robert Manne conversation

Tim Flannery & Robert Manne conversation

26 May 2009

Don’t miss these two leading thinkers talk politics, international relations, climate change, sustainability,
the environment and more… This event will also be available as a vodcast after the event.


Thursday 4 June 2009
Agora Cinema
12.00 noon – 1.30 pm

Robert Manne and Tim Flannery Professor Robert Manne

La Trobe University’s Professor Robert Manne is one of Australia's foremost public intellectuals. Born in Melbourne and educated at the universities of Melbourne and Oxford, he was the editor of the periodical Quadrant 1989-1997, and has published many books, articles, reviews and newspaper columns on public affairs, international relations, history, and contemporary Australian political issues. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and in 2001 was joint winner of the Alfred Deakin Prize for Contribution to Public Debate.  Professor Manne has an extensive bibliography, and is editor of The Howard Years, a collection of essays critical of the Federal Government. His university teaching focuses on twentieth-century European politics (including the Holocaust), Communism, and Australian politics, and he has undertaken research in areas such as censorship, anti-semitism, asylum seekers and mandatory detention, Australia's involvement in the Iraq war, the Stolen Generation, and the "history wars" of the 1990s. His many books include Do Not Disturb: Is the Media Failing Australia? Left, Right, Left: Political Essays 1977-2005,  Whitewash. On Keith Windschuttle's Fabrication of Aboriginal History and The Australian Century: Political Struggle in the Building of a Nation.

Professor Tim Flannery

Professor Tim Flannery is one of Australia’s leading thinkers and writers. An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, he has published more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers who has been warning about sustainability and the risk of climate change for decades. Public opinion is finally catching up with Dr Flannery as the nation grows increasingly concerned about what global warming could do to our already dry continent. His books include the landmark works The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers.
Professor Flannery has been an environmental adviser to the South Australian and federal governments, catalogued the mammals of Melanesia, discovered dinosaur fossils and kangaroo species in his own country.
He received a Centenary of Federation Medal for his services to Australian science and in 2002 he delivered the Australia Day address. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007 honoured as Australian of the Year.
A La Trobe University graduate, Professor Flannery is also a winner of the 2007 La Trobe University Distinguished Alumni Award.
In 2007 Tim Flannery co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council, a coalition of community, business, and political leaders who have come together to confront climate change.





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