Past events

Getting to Zero: Alan Finkel and Tim Flannery

Thursday 15 April 05:00pm

There is no question of greater significance for the future of humankind than global warming. There is no task more pressing and difficult than the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

david anderson - Managing Director, ABC

Monday 15 March 05:00pm

ABC Managing Director David Anderson will speak about the role of the ABC not only as a trusted source of valued news, information and entertainment but also the importance of supporting Australian stories across the creative industries.

Thursday 19 November 05:00pm

There was a time, not so long ago, when it was almost universally accepted that one of the principal purposes of the university was the provision of a broad education in either the Arts or the Sciences. That time has passed. In October 2020, the Morrison Government successfully introduced new legislation where the training of the next generation of professionals was implicitly regarded as the sole purpose of the university and where, quite nakedly, the price mechanism was used to persuade students not to study for a degree in the Arts.

Wednesday 21 October 05:00pm

La Trobe University’s Ideas and Society Program has brought together a distinguished panel—Professors Patrick McGorry AO, Michael Kyrios and Jennifer McIntosh AM—to discuss some of the most pressing questions about the coronavirus and the mental health of Australians.

Thursday 27 August 05:00pm

In 2020, the threat of a new Cold War between China and the United States deepened. A trade war between the United States and China is now being conducted. President Trump routinely blames China for the coronavirus pandemic. He refers to China not as a competitor but as an “enemy”. But what of Australia? For years, we claimed that Australia did not have to choose between the US and China. Recently relations have changed. Canberra angered Beijing by banning Huawei from its 5G network and calling for a truly independent investigation into the origins of the pandemic. Beijing responded by placing a ban on Australian imports and warning about Australian racism. At La Trobe’s Ideas and Society Program the former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and Linda Jakobson, the director of “China Matters”, will discuss three questions critical to the future. Why have relations between China and the United States deteriorated? Why has Canberra apparently followed the lead of Washington? Can a new Cold War between China and the United States and its allies be avoided?

Wednesday 08 July 05:00pm

There have been several reports that the COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by a significant increase in anti-Chinese and anti-Asian racism in Australia, with some verbal and even physical abuse that has created a feeling of uneasiness amongst the Asian Australian population.

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Tuesday 02 June 05:00pm

As a consequence of the comprehensive social shutdown necessitated by the current pandemic, family members were required to stay together for protracted periods. Under these conditions, the frightening possibility of an increase in the number of the instances of domestic violence loomed. We are very pleased that two great young Australian writers—Jess Hill and Rick Morton will join us to discuss domestic violence, its causes, and the possible implications of the COVID-19 social shutdown.

A year in review: videos of previous Ideas and Society events