Our events are an important part of our advocacy, since they engage with current issues in ways that encourage critical thinking and activate discussion. Speakers at our events are skilled at communicating about complex issues in ways that are accessible to a diverse range of audiences.


Nature v Nurture: Unpacking X and Y

Wednesday 27 June, 6.30-8pm

Speakers: Professor Vincent Harley from the Hudson Institute of Medical Research; Dianne Bray from Museums Victoria; Dr Lauren Rosewarne from University of Melbourne.

Festival of Homer 2018

Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June 2018

Speakers: Dr Heather Sebo, Professor Emeritus Frank Sear, Professor Chris Mackie, Dr Chris Gribbin, Annabel Orchard, Dr Steven Curry.

Over 3 days in June we celebrated Ancient Greek literature, history and culture at the Hellenic Museum. A headline event was our debate on Achilles: Was he a Hero or just a Very Naughty Boy? The Hero team prevailed!

How can we avoid a dystopian future?

Friday 11 May, 2018

Speakers: Dr Karen Jones, Tim Dunlop, Professor Emeritus Andrew Milner.

This event was run as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week 2018.

2017 Christmas Cocktail Party

Tuesday 5 December, 2017

Speakers: Dr Matthew Laing, who presented on ‘Martin Luther, Modernity, and the True Meaning of Christmas’ and the Hon. Barry Jones AO, who delighted us with a reading of the late’ John Clarke’s poetry.

School Program: Presentation by 2017 Homer Competition winner Jasmine Shaw, a year 8 student from Glen Eira College who wrote her own Homeric poetry.


Melbourne Museum Debate: Is Empathy an Impediment to Success?

23 November 2017

The Melbourne Museum hosted us for an Oxford-style debate on the topic: is empathy an impediment to success?

Speakers: Dr Steven Curry, Dr Melis Senova, Belle Lane and Stephanie Woollard.

Humanities 21 will continue to partner with the Melbourne Museum in 2018, providing bimonthly events beginning June 2018. This is run as part of the Museum’s ‘Creating Space for Relevant Debate’ series.