About Humanities 21
Humanities 21 is an independent group formed out of concern for the continuing decline in resources allocated to English, History, Classics and Philosophy across Australian schools and universities, and the undervaluing of humanities graduates in the business world. We aim to help the Humanities receive a better hearing from educational funders, granting bodies and philanthropists, based on a greater recognition of their contribution to society. By promoting public programs and events in Melbourne through Humanities 21 eNews, and offering in-house seminars to Melbourne businesses, we’re working to bring humanities academics and research closer to the community.

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August 2016
$10 - $15

Sovereignty and Separation: Brexit in Historical Context

August 17, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Morgans at 401,
401 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Baffled by Brexit? Join Professor Philomena Murray for Sovereignty and Separation: Brexit in Historical Context, on Wednesday 17 August, 6pm at Morgans at 401. Professor Murray will discuss Britain's relationship with Europe in historical context, reflecting on 'Euroscepticism' and the Leave campaign,…

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September 2016
Free - $15

Making America: Trump, Clinton and the Bitter Divide

September 14, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Morgans at 401,
401 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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A divisive, theatrical and frankly terrifying year of politics has unfolded in the US. With the election just weeks away, join Dr Matthew Laing for an up-to-date overview of the issues at stake, at Making America: Trump, Clinton and the Bitter Divide,…

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October 2016
Free

Student Event – Two Worlds Colliding: Philosophy & Astrophysics

October 27, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Morgans at 401,
401 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Sarah Schon presents Two Worlds Colliding: Philosophy & Astrophysics A workshop for students BOOK HERE What’s the Buzz about? From the earliest forms of human record it is clear that we have always been fascinated by the skies and what lies beyond…

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November 2016
Free

Opening Night Cocktail Party

November 18, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hellenic Museum,
280 William Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Enjoy a night filled with music, nibbles, drinks and Homeric inspiration, with Sarah Midford discussing Australia's Trojan Ancestry. At this Opening Night Cocktail Party we will formally open the inaugural Melbourne Festival of Homer. This event is free with any ticket to…

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$15 - $30

Homer Prepares: A Performance in Two Parts (Session 1, Books 1 & 2)

November 19, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Library at the Dock,
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade
Docklands, Victoria 3008 Australia
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SOLD OUT - Tickets to Part 2 still available In Homer Prepares James McCaughey brings contemporary performance into dialogue with Homer’s violence, humour and lyricism, treating each of the 'books' of Homer as a performance in its own right. He puts himself…

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Free

The Trojan Spirit: Greek Vases of the NGV Collection

November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
National Gallery of Victoria,
NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Amanda Dunsmore, Senior Curator, will present a guide to The National Gallery of Victoria's Classical collection. This free event is a fabulous way to blend art with history and enjoy one of Melbourne's most spectacular assets. This is a free event, but…

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Free

Reading The Odyssey

November 19, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture,
168 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Odyssey

'What makes Odysseus Odysseus?' Join James O'Maley as he heads for Ithaca, exploring the intricacies of Homer's The Odyssey. Open to all levels of Homeric reader, this book club will explore how the epic tradition is toyed with in this poem, and how Odysseus…

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$15 - $30

David Malouf and Chris Mackie: Ransom and The Iliad

November 19, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Hellenic Museum,
280 William Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Homer’s Iliad has informed countless works of literature in the three millennia of its existence. David Malouf’s reinterpretation of a small section of the canonical text speaks to a new audience on a distant continent. Malouf’s novel picks up the Iliadic themes of revenge, redemption…

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$15 - $30

Homer Prepares: a Performance in Two Parts (Session 2, Books 3 & 4)

November 20, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Library at the Dock,
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade
Docklands, Victoria 3008 Australia
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White marble bust of the greek poet Homer isolated on white background

Homer Prepares - Session 2, Books 3 & 4 In this, the second session of Homer Prepares, Homer prepares to sing the third and fourth “books” of The Iliad. He divides the story the single combat between Paris and Menelaos into two episodes…

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Free

Australia’s Homeric Heroes

November 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture,
168 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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When the Anzacs landed on the shores of Gallipoli in 1915 they were entering the epic landscape of Homer’s Trojan War fought across the Dardanelles approximately three millennia earlier. Almost immediately after the landing, comparisons between ancient warrior heroes and Anzac soldiers were…

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$15 - $30

In the Mirror, Darkly

November 20, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hellenic Museum,
280 William Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Who are our heroes? Our villains? Are they the same thing these days? Angus Cameron's In the Mirror, Darkly takes the Elektra narrative as its blueprint and twists it around, and around, and around - so as to make it, at once, both familiar…

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Free

Closing Ceremony: Australian Odyssey

November 20, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Hellenic Museum,
280 William Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Xenia Dolopoulou, Stathis Grapsas, Panagiotis Anagnostatos, and students from The Melbourne Greek Cultural Centre. A chance to bid farewell to the Festival of Homer - until next year! Dramatised readings from The Odyssey and The Iliad will frame "The Return Home": Ithacan Australian Panagiotis…

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December 2016
Free - $15

America: What Now? An Autopsy of the 2016 Election

December 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Morgans at 401,
401 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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TICKETS HERE As the dust settles on the 2016 United States election, the complex process of preparing to govern a bitterly divided nation begins for President-Elect Trump. And the long, slow process of post-mortem begins for political scientists, who along with pollsters,…

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March 2017
Free - $15

Dr Steven Curry: Crossroads of Civilisation

March 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Morgans at 401,
401 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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TICKETS HERE All nations rely on foundation myths and heroic legends to shape their identity. One of the founding myths of Western societies (and by extension Australia) is that our cultures descend directly from Classical Greece and its traditions of science, democracy,…

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May 2017
Free

AI and the Future of Work

May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Morgans at 401,
401 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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'AI and the Future of Work' - Humanities 21's Melbourne Knowledge Week event!

Sure, the future sounds great, but will we have jobs? Join Dr Tim Dunlop, Dr Veronica Sheen, and Alexar Pendashteh to discuss how automation affects employment. Will technology lead us to an Orwellian dystopia or leisure-filled utopia? Will we end up with…

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June 2017
$12

Boo Radley Book Club: June – To Kill A Mockingbird

June 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Henley Club,
Level 1, 8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Join us for the first Boo Radley Book Club, as we examine Harper Lee's classic, To Kill a Mockingbird! Wine, beer, and nibbles will be accompanied by a fascinating discussion of the novel, led this month by Rahul Soans, founder of the Disruptive Business Network.…

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July 2017
Free - $15

Emoji as the Face of Language Change

July 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
BCG,
Level 52, 101 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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emoji

The internet has created a space of rapid and widespread human communication. With the breakneck speed of linguistic innovation, how do you tell your emoji from your emoticons? Your WhatsApp from your SnapChat?

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$12

Boo Radley Book Club: July – Zorba the Greek

July 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Henley Club,
Level 1, 8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Join us at the Henley Club for the second edition of the Boo Radley Book Club, where we will delve into Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis. In his novel, Kazantzakis explores perhaps the oldest question in philosophy: 'what does it mean to live a…

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August 2017
$12

Boo Radley Book Club: August – Animal Farm

August 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Henley Club,
Level 1, 8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Join us at the Henley Club for the August edition of the Boo Radley Book Club, where we will examine Animal Farm, George Orwell's barnyard allegory of communism, Stalin, and the Soviet Union. Wine, beer, and nibbles will be accompanied by an interactive discussion…

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September 2017
Free - $15

Representing the Holocaust

September 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Tonic House,
386 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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The Holocaust is widely represented in popular media as well as in traditionally ‘historical’ contexts, such as museums and archival spaces. In this talk, Dr Noah Shenker engages with critical debates surrounding those representations, and questions why – in a period marked…

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$12

Boo Radley Book Club: September – Fahrenheit 451

September 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Henley Club,
Level 1, 8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Join us at the Henley Club for the September edition of the Boo Radley Book Club, where we will be exploring Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian vision of a world where books are outlawed and burnt. But don't worry, instead of book burning you…

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October 2017
$12

Boo Radley Book Club: October – The Metamorphosis

October 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Henley Club,
Level 1, 8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Join us at the Henley Club for the October edition of the Boo Radley Book Club, where we will explore Franz Kafka's novella, The Metamorphosis, in which a man finds himself suddenly and inexplicably transformed into a giant insect. Wine, beer, and nibbles will be…

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November 2017
$20 - $25

Is empathy an impediment to success?

November 23 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum Theatre, Melbourne Museum,
11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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Does having empathy make you successful? Or is it a hindrance, smothering logic with emotions? This debate will expose how empathy affects our work places, our policy-makers, and which charities we choose to support. In this Oxford-style debate, the audience will decide…

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$12

Boo Radley Book Club: November – The Great Gatsby

November 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Henley Club,
Level 1, 8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Join us at the Henley Club for the final edition for 2017 of the Boo Radley Book Club, where we will examine F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel of the roaring twenties, The Great Gatsby, in which a mysteriously wealthy man yearns for his lost love. Wine,…

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December 2017
$25

Humanities 21 Christmas Cocktail Party

December 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Peter’s House,
64 Tivoli Rd
Melbourne, Victoria 3141 Australia
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Merry Christmas Humanities lovers! Humanities 21 invites you to join us on Tuesday 5 December at 6pm, at the home of one of our committee members, at 64 Tivoli Rd, South Yarra. Our Christmas Cocktail Party will have plentiful drinks and nibbles,…

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