returning chair of australian studies lecture & dinner

Monash University, the Harvard University Committee on Australian Studies, and the Harvard Club of Victoria are delighted to invite you to a public lecture followed by a private dinner with Professor Bain Attwood, the returning Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard.

Professor Attwood, Professor of History at Monash University and the 2014/15 Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard, will be giving the 2016 Returning Harvard Chair of Australian Studies Lecture on November 15th. The lecture is hosted by the Dean of Arts of Monash University, Professor Raelene Frances, and will be followed by a private dinner for the former holders of the Chair of Australian Studies, Monash University guests, and members of the Harvard Club (and their guests). 

The title of Professor Attwood’s public lecture is Difficult pasts: denial in Australia 

All nations have pasts that they find difficult to acknowledge and assimilate but this problem is particularly marked in settler societies like Canada, Australia and New Zealand since their very foundations lie in the dispossession, destruction and displacement of aboriginal peoples. At the same time there has been no point at which these societies have experienced the kind of event that has forced other nations to repudiate the oppressive discourses and structures that lie at their heart. In this lecture I will examine Australia's denial of its troubled history in regard to indigenous people and seek to explain why this took the particular form it did.

At the dinner, Professor Attwood will speak about his personal experience at Harvard. The Dean of Arts of Monash University, Professor Raelene Frances, and the Chair of the Australian Advisory Committee for the Harvard Chair of Australian Studies, Professor Nicholas Jose, also will be attending.

Lecture details
Location: Monash Conference Centre, Level 7, 30 Collins St Melbourne CBD
Seminars Rooms 2 and 3
Date: Tuesday 15 November 2016 
Time: 6:00pm 
Cost: free but bookings are essential
Enquiries: Corrie McKee, or (9905 2100])

Dinner details 
Location: Monash Conference Centre, Level 7, 30 Collins St Melbourne CBD – Seminar Room 1
Time: 7:00pm for 7:30pm
Bookings: $120 for members & their guests, $135 for non-members Click here to buy tickets!!!
Please also book for the free public lecture as soon as possible via the

Monash Centre map and parking options

Monash Conference Centre
Level 7, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne  VIC 3000
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Travelling by train
Parliament Station is located on Spring Street and is only a two minute walk from the Monash Conference Centre.

Travelling by tram
Tram Stop number 9 is on Collins Street at the intersection of Spring Street. It services tram numbers 11, 42, 48, 109 and 112.

Travelling by car
Discount Parking is available at Wilsons Collins Place Car Park located at 28 Flinders Lane and is part of the Collins Place Complex underneath the Sofitel Hotel.
Entry is via Flinders Lane from Spring Street.  Please note it is the second car park on the right hand side. No discount is applicable if delegates park in the first car park which is Secure parking.  To receive the discounted rate delegates can present their parking ticket to staff for validation.