What are the humanities worth?


A recent audit of Australian universities revealed an alarming weakness in the quality of humanities and social sciences research. This is symptomatic of a wider malaise in the state of Australian arts and culture. Join philosopher and best-selling author John Armstrong, Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor at the University of Melbourne, as he calls for radical reform to the way humanities and social sciences are valued and advanced. Drawing from his essay in Griffith REVIEW 31: Ways of Seeing, John will discuss how we can learn from literature, philosophy and the creative imagination to find new approaches to complex, urgent twenty-first century problems.

Speaker: John Armstrong
When: Thu 24 Feb 2011 6.30 pm
Where: slq Auditorium 1, level 2
State Library of Queensland

Duration: 1:10:10 hours

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