Past Ideas and Society events

  • Monday 14 November 05:00pm
    La Trobe University’s Ideas and Society Program is delighted that we will be joined by an outstanding panel to discuss the meaning of the May 2022 election.

  • Tuesday 25 October 05:00pm
    Join Australia's most influential, original and forward-looking economist, Ross Garnaut, and our most eminent climate activist, scientist and author, Tim Flannery, in a conversation concerning the future not only of Australia but also of humankind.

  • Wednesday 12 October 05:00pm
    La Trobe University’s Ideas and Society Program is extremely pleased to be able to invite you to an online discussion between former Prime Minister, Paul Keating, and James Curran, a Professor of History at the University of Sydney and author of Australia's China Odyssey, on a question fundamental to the future of Australia--our relations with China and, thus, the United States. 

  • Thursday 21 July 05:00pm
    Russia’s unprovoked war on Ukraine has shocked most of the world. To consider the different explanations for Russia’s behaviour and ambitions, La Trobe’s Ideas and Society Program has assembled an outstanding panel moderated by Professor Martin Krygier AM —Professor Paul Dibb AM, Dr Robert Horvath, and Dr Carrie McDougal – to consider questions critical to the future of the Ukraine, Europe and the world.

  • Thursday 28 April 05:00pm
    Since the arrival of the pandemic in Australia, there have been some 400 Covid-related deaths among those under 60 and 5,000 among those 60 years of age and above. Is the withdrawal of restrictions, certain to affect elderly citizens disproportionately, an instance of what has come to be called “age-ism”? Or have extended lockdowns or equivalents taken too great a toll on mental health, especially of the young?

  • Tuesday 05 April 05:00pm
    More than a year since the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety published its eight volume Report, the crisis in Australia’s Aged Care Homes is greater now than at any time in the sector’s history. Join this discussion on what is now happening inside Australia’s aged care homes, what are the reasons for the crisis, and what are the possible ways forward.