Ideas and Society
The Ideas and Society program is a series of debates and public lectures convened by Professor Robert Manne that consider critical questions of the times. The program brings some of Australia's leading thinkers and public figures to the university.
In 2018, the Ideas & Society Program will engage with some of Australia’s pre-eminent community leaders in their respective fields to discuss how do we become a Better Australia?
Events are streamed live on the day.
Gillian Triggs and Julian Burnside come together for what promises to be a fascinating conversation of national importance as they consider how the regime of human rights in Australia can best be defended and extended.
Keynote Address from the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs followed by a La Trobe University panel discussion.
Join Tim Costello and Jon Faine for what promises to be an enlightening conversation, examining pathways towards building a better Australia.
Since 2013 the festival has hosted a changing lineup of distinguished authors, publishers, creative artists and writers of all genres.
As President Xi Jinping consolidates his power, China increasingly presents a confident and at times assertive face to the wider world.
Will the future of politics in the West be determined by the kind of anti-establishment populism these separate developments seem to represent?
The Hon. Paul Keating on our role in Asia in the Trump era
February 2017 marks the centenary of one of the most significant moments in the history of the twentieth century—the Russian Revolution.
Hugh White will debate his thesis with leading China foreign and defence policy expert Linda Jakobson
Michelle Grattan and Robert Manne discuss Australian political culture.
A discussion between Waleed Aly and Robert Manne.
Ideas and Society panelists discuss power, privilege and presenting violence on university campuses.
Ramona Koval talks with Helen Garner and Anne Manne about writing on some of the darkest aspects of human experience.
A conversation between Clive Hamilton and Robert Manne.
Iain McCalman talks with Robert Manne about this wonder of nature and what needs to be done to protect it.
How should Australia navigate its relationship with China, are we prompted by greed, fear or some other mix of forces?
Anne Manne talks to Robyn Davidson and Raimond Gaita
Will the next generation be worse off than the last?
Internationally respected commentator Tariq Ali talks with Australia’s foremost political anaylst, Robert Manne, about what needs to change and how that can happen.
Hear Professor John Dewar, Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University and Chair of the Federal Ministerial Universities’ Legislation & Financing Working Group, on the prospects for the University in Australia.
A Conversation between Robin Prior, Carolyn Holbrook and Robert Manne
Emeritus Professor Robert Manne and guests explore the future of journalism.
Emeritus Professor Robert Manne co-hosts a forum with the Australian Futures Project that explores enabling business leaders to drive change for a flourishing Australian future.
Emeritus Professor Robert Manne and guests explore the future of manufacturing in Australia.
Professor Raimond Gaita and author Alex Miller come together for a conversation about Mr Miller's remarkable award‐winning novels set in what he calls the Stone Country
Professor Robert Manne and Professor Raimond Gaita meet for an Ideas and Society event in the midst of the Bendigo Writers Festival
Joan Beaumont in discussion with Ideas and Society Convenor Professor Robert Manne about the centenary of the First World War.
Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane and Robert Manne in conversation on amendments to the Race Discrimination Act.
Professor Adrienne E Clarke, Robyn Williams, Elizabeth Finkel and Robert Manne discuss the challenges of communicating science to the public.
Mick Malthouse, Russell Hoye, Margot Foster and Robert Manne debate sport's power to make change.
Watch Melbourne's intellectual heavy-hitters fight for the city's reputation at this free panel discussion at Melbourne Now.
Panellists explore the economy, climate change, and asylum seekers.
with Bob Brown, Dennis Altman and Robert Manne
Hear from Carrie Tiffany and Kerryn Goldsworthy
Hear from the USA’s most important climate change writer and activist, Bill McKibben.
Greg Barns, Julian Burnside AO QC, Robert Manne, and Mary Kostakidis (Chair)
A discussion on climate change between Prof. David Karoly and Prof. Robert Manne
Panel: Tim Costello, Elizabeth Finkel, Philip Keane, and Snow Barlow
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