Join us for an evening of Christmas cheer, drinks and canapés as we celebrate the achievements of Humanities 21 and share our plans for the year ahead as we continue to put the humanities back on the agenda.

WHEN: Thursday 6 December, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
WHERE: Acton Residence, 24 Berkeley Street, Hawthorn, VIC
TICKETS: $45 (adult) $30 (members) 
GUEST SPEAKER: Major General Michael O’Brien
Michael O’Brien examines the sanity breaks of the cataclysmic first World War where truces emerged, including the Christmas Truce, a widespread but unofficial ceasefire along the Western Front in December 1914.

Ticket includes drinks and canapés. Member discount code “H21member”.



Meet Guest Speaker Major General Michael O’Brien:
Major General Michael O’Brien (CSC, MDA, BSc) graduated from Australia’s Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1968 into the Royal Australian Infantry and served as a platoon commander and intelligence officer in the Vietnam War. He later wrote the history of his battalion (Conscripts and Regulars: with the Seventh Battalion in Vietnam 1967-68 and 1970-71) that was published in 1995 and short-listed for a British military history prize. His extensive military career included regimental, staff training, equipment acquisition engineering and logistics postings culminating in his appointment as Support Commander-Army. He was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross for services to Defence procurement. Before retiring from full-time service was to review the Australian Army’s wider use of history. He is a graduate of the Australian Command & Staff College, Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies, Royal Military College of Science (UK), University of New South Wales and Cranfield University (UK) and was a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University’s National Graduate School of Management.