Creating Space for Relevant Debate is a series run in partnership with the Melbourne Museum. Nature v Nurture: Unpacking X and Y is the first in this bimonthly series.  In these events we bring together expert speakers on a range of important topics, both local and global. Aristotle said the marker of an educated mind is the ability to entertain a thought without accepting it, and the purpose of this series is to create a space in which important issues can be explored from all angles. In doing so, we hope to encourage Melburnians to engage with one another respectfully in discussing the big issues that affect our community.

Watch the video of this event HERE.



By examining scientific and social differences between genders, and exploring the notion that there is now more than just two, this panel discussion will examine a few big questions:
1. Is it nature or nurture that makes us the way we are?
2. What is sex and what is gender? Where does one end and the other begin?
3. Are our ideas about the characteristics of men and women rooted in scientific truths, or in long held (possibly false) beliefs?
Join in the conversation on Wednesday 27 June as myths around gender are debunked. Gender equality and genetic differences will be examined from scientific, social, and political perspectives by our panel of experts.
On our panel we have:
Dr Lauren Rosewarne, a senior lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences who writes, researches and comments on sexuality, gender, feminism, the media, pop culture, public policy and politics.
Professor Vincent Harley, who works at the Hudson Institute for Medical research with intersex patients and those with gender dysphoria.
Dianne Bray, a marine biologist and curator at the Melbourne Museum, who will talk about hermaphrodite animals and gender without politics, as we find in the animal kingdom.
This event is run in partnership with Humanities 21 and the Melbourne Museum as part of our ‘Creating Space for Relevant Debate’ bi-monthly event series.



Wednesday 27 June, 6.30-8pm

Museum Theatre, Melbourne Museum

11 Nicholson Street, Carlton




$25 Full price

$22 Concession

$20 Humanities 21 members and Melbourne Museum members



Other events in the Creating Space for Relevant Debate series:

Representing the Holocaust More information and tickets HERE.

Is Corporate Social Responsibility just a PR tool? More information and tickets HERE.