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Stop Apologising for your Arts Degree: Humanities at Work in Business and Beyond

October 30, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Melbourne Knowledge Week 2014

Stop Apologising for your Arts Degree: Humanities at Work in Business and Beyond
Arts students are often forced to defend their decision to study the humanities. They are told they will never find a job with such a ‘useless’ degree, that their studies are ‘pretentious’ and that science, law and finance are more worthy educational pursuits.

In this forum, Karen Hitchcock and Lisa Gorton will explain the ways in which their humanities backgrounds have helped them in their careers – careers that one would not readily associate with the humanities. They will show how the skills acquired through studying history, literature and philosophy are useful and applicable in a wide range of careers and industries.

Sourcing and identifying relevant information, thinking critically and writing persuasively are just some of those skills and they are ever more relevant in our fast-paced, globalised society. Equally important are the social awareness, ability to empathise and lessons from the past that are instilled in humanities students.

The humanities unlock a special kind of knowledge and create a special kind of thinker, helping people to fulfill their potential and lead flourishing lives. Now, more than ever, the world needs these kinds of people. This forum will demonstrate why dismissing the humanities is both an unwise and costly mistake.

Chaired by Hannie Rayson.

Stop Apologising for your Arts Degree: Humanities at Work in Business and Beyond will be held on Thursday 30 October at 6.30pm at The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Tickets are free, booking is essential.

This event is part of Melbourne Knowledge Week 27 October – 2 November 2014, proudly presented by the City of Melbourne.


The Panel

Karen HitchcockKaren Hitchcock is a doctor and writer. She is a full-time specialist physician at a major hospital in Melbourne and an essayist and columnist for the Monthly magazine.Her collection of short stories Little White Slips won the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Steele-Rudd award and was short-listed in the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards and the Dobbie Award for women writers. She recently sub-edited the medicine edition of The Lifted Brow. Her first novel will be published by Picador.


Lisa GortonLisa Gorton is a poet, essayist and fiction writer. She completed a Masters in Renaissance Literature and a Doctorate on John Donne at Oxford University. After Oxford, she worked at McKinsey & Company and at Scaffidi Hugh-Jones. Lisa’s first poetry collection, Press Release, won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry. Her second collection, Hotel Hyperion, was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards and the Western Australian Premier’s Prize for Poetry. She is also the author of the popular children’s book Cloudland. Lisa has been awarded the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal. Her novel, The Life of Houses, is forthcoming in 2015.

Hannie RaysonHannie Rayson is the author of fourteen plays including Hotel Sorrento, Falling From Grace, Life After George, Inheritance, Two Brothers and The Swimming Club. Her plays have been staged in London’s West End, and many theatres in Europe, Japan, Montreal, the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Her many awards include two Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, four Helpmann Awards and two New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. She is the only playwright to be short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award for a play. Several of her plays have been on VCE text lists and university English courses. Her first book, Hello Beautiful! will be published by Text in February 2015.

This is a free event. Bookings are required.


October 30, 2014
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Humanities 21
0417 464 001
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The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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