The Role of the Intellectual in Contemporary Public Debate

Friday, 16 September 2022
1.30 pm − 3.30 pm
Thomas Kenneally Centre
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney

‘The role, function, and future of the Western public intellectual have been highly contested over the last three decades. The dominant discourse, which predicts the decline of the public intellectual, asserts the institutionalisation of their labour has eroded their authority to speak publicly to power on behalf of others; and that the commodification of intellectual performance has transformed them from sages, philosophers, and men of letters into trivial media entertainers, pundits, and ideologues.’ (Helen Fordham)

The Keynote address will be presented by Professor Frank Bongiorno AM
Professor Frank Bongiorno AM is an Australian labour, political, and cultural historian at The Australian National University (ANU), and a former Head of the ANU School of History.

This will be followed by an address by Dr Amanda Tattersall
Dr Amanda Tattersall is a Sydney based change maker. She works at the Sydney Policy Lab and is undertaking a post-doctoral fellowship on People Power strategies. Amanda has been involved in the founding of GetUp and the Sydney Alliance; and, most recently, creating the ChangeMakers podcast.

Cost $20.00
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