Humanities 21 is an independent, not-for-profit advocacy organisation that champions the benefits of a humanities education. We seek to increase awareness of the benefits that literature, history and philosophy bring to all aspects of contemporary life, especially business, and to help the humanities receive a better hearing from policy makers, funding bodies and philanthropists. We proudly promote humanities events and resources to the general community, and demonstrate the benefits of hiring graduates with humanities qualifications and of exposing staff to humanities-based professional development.

In a nutshell, we’re a group of enthusiasts who want to stick up for the humanities! Meet our People


Our Vision

  1. To change public attitudes towards the humanities
    Ever been asked ‘What are you going to do with your Arts degree?’ We’re here to change this attitude, and raise awareness of the many career pathways available to Arts graduates, and the extremely valuable skills and insights that come from engaging with literature, history and philosophy
  2. To improve the accessibility of the humanities to a wider audience
    Humanities 21 seeks to ensure that the best of the public programs and events currently offered by academic and non-academic institutions in Melbourne are well promoted and made accessible to as wide an audience as possible
  3. To develop new humanities programs
    These include public events that bring the knowledge of leading humanities experts to bear on today’s most important social issues
  4. To develop a presence within the business community
    We aim to educate the business and corporate community on the benefits of hiring staff with humanities backgrounds, and of exposing staff to humanities-based professional development


What We Do

  • Run public events on humanities topics, encouraging people to engage with history, literature and philosophy, and making research in these fields more accessible and practical
  • Ensure that existing public humanities programs and events are made accessible to as wide an audience as possible, and promoted adequately, through our free monthly eNewsletter
  • Engage with school students through public programs aimed at sparking enthusiasm for literature, history and philosophy, and informing students of the many career paths available to Arts graduates
  • Empower humanities students by connecting them to the professional community
  • Offer innovative professional-development programs for corporations including law, accounting and consulting firms, to improve professional conduct in areas of communication, ethics and critical thinking, and to educate and entertain staff. These include in-house workshops tailored to address specific strategic issues
  • Offer sponsorship programs through which organisations can distinguish themselves in the eyes of the public, new clients and prospective employees


Please email [email protected] for more information