Talks within the Humanities 21 Corporate Lecture Series expose staff to unusual situations and ideas which encourage them to think through questions for which there are no clear answers. This kind of critical thinking helps to develop perceptive and creative individuals, able to think laterally and plan strategically. These skills can be applied to many kinds of work and are becoming more valuable as job requirements change rapidly. Click here to view an overview of our catalogue.  To request a copy of the complete series or find out more about the benefits of these programs please contact us @ [email protected] or phone 0422 753 696.



Dr Frederik Vervaert presented a fascinating talk entitled “Ten Outrageous Leaders” at PEXA.

In this lecture, Dr Vervaert discussed ten leaders from antiquity, male and female, who could easily be labelled ‘outrageous,’ in terms of what they tried to achieve and how they went about it, and the legacy of these varied leadership styles.





Dr Daniella Doron presented a challenging talk on “The Concentration Camp Universe” at Ashurst.

In this lecture, Dr Daniella Doron traces the the last stages of the Holocaust and focuses on the various responses to impending death exhibited by Jews across Europe, as well as the varied ways survivors account for their survival.





Prof Carolyn Stevens presented “Japan: From Empire to Abenomics” at Ashurst

Prof Stevens’s fascinating lecture considered the history, governance and culture of Japan, and how the people and practices of the country have made it the world’s third largest economy.

Feedback from Ashurst: “Our objective in selecting this lecture was to provide a wider view of the world on topics of board interest to our people at all levels.  We were very satisfied, with many attendees describing the lecture as “interesting” and “enjoyable”.



Prof Joy Damousi presented “History of Australian Rules Football” at PEXA

Prof Damousi’s revealing lecture considered how the social, cultural and political history of Melbourne reflects the development of its favorite sport.  Prof Damousi was joined by Dr Mary Tomsic for a joint presentation, which included some fascinating (and sometimes rather humorous) historical images sourced from the State Library of Victoria..




Dr Karen Jones presented “Trust in Public and Private Life” at Property Exchange Australia (PEXA)

Dr Jones’s informal but informative lecture provided an insight into “what is trust?”, “when is it justified?”, and “how do we avoid everyday pathologies of trust and distrust?”

Feedback from PEXA: “We were extremely impressed.  We particularly liked Dr Jones’s delivery and thought the topic was conceptually very good.”  CEO, PEXA




Dr Matthew Laing speaking on ‘President Trump, Populism and the West’ at Ashurst Australia. 

Feedback from Ashurst: Humanities 21 has provided us with a broad range of speakers for lunchtime talks. We invite staff from all corners of our firm on a purely voluntary basis, and the talks have been very well attended and received at all levels. Our people often ask when the next one will be held. Humanities 21 talks break down barriers, stimulate discussion, encourage broad thinking, and are a welcome change to our usual narrow diet. The speakers are skilled at talking engagingly about their subjects to a diverse group of lay people.’ – Partner, Ashurst Australia.




Dr Holly-Lawford Smith speaking on ‘Taking Action on Climate Change’ at the Property Exchange Australia (PEXA).

Feedback from PEXA: ‘PEXA’s lunchtime sessions with Humanities 21 have been critical to helping our employees think and reflect about things other than our day-to-day work.  It’s fantastic hearing from academics who are highly eminent in their field; you get to hear from real experts!’ – Chief Executive, Property Exchange Australia.