Books that Changed Humanity

Books that Changed Humanity

Books that Changed Humanity is a book club with a difference. Each month, the Humanities Research Centre hosts an expert from one of a variety of disciplines, who will introduce and lead the discussion of a major historical text. All of these texts, which are drawn from a variety of cultural traditions, has had a formative influence on society and humanity. The series aims to highlight and revisit those books which have informed the way we understand ourselves, both individually and collectively, as human beings.

The series aims to bring together readers from all backgrounds and vocations. Individuals from beyond and within the university community are warmly invited to come, listen, and share their thoughts about some great works of literature over a friendly glass of wine. Though the events will be casual in nature, RSVP is essential, both for catering purposes and for the distribution of preliminary reading materials for each text.

Past events

Books that Changed Humanity: The Story of the Stone/Dream of the Red Chamber

3 Nov 2017

Books that Changed Humanity is an initiative of the Humanities Research Centre, based at the Australian National University. The HRC invites experts to...

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

6 Oct 2017

Books That Changed Humanity #10 Books that Changed Humanity is an initiative of the Humanities Research Centre, based at the Australian National University....

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The Satanic Verses

8 Sep 2017

Books That Changed Humanity #9 Books that Changed Humanity is an initiative of the Humanities Research Centre, based at the Australian National University....

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Ulysses

4 Aug 2017

Books That Changed Humanity #8 Books that Changed Humanity is an initiative of the Humanities Research Centre, based at the Australian National University....

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À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time)

9 Jun 2017

Books That Changed Humanity #7 À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time, or previously translated as Remembrance of Things Past), published in...

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Daodejing [Tao Te Ching]

12 May 2017

Books That Changed Humanity #6 Books that Changed Humanity is an initiative of the Humanities Research Centre, based at the Australian National University....

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Books that Changed Humanity: The King James Bible

21 Apr 2017

  Books that Changed Humanity is an initiative of the Humanities Research Centre, based at the Australian National University. The HRC invites experts to...

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A Christmas Carol

9 Dec 2016

  In our fifth and final event for 2016, Associate Professor Jenny Gribble will introduce and discuss A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens in 1843....

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The Iliad

11 Nov 2016

  In our fourth event, Professor Emeritus Elizabeth Minchin (Classics) will introduce and discuss the Iliad. This foundational text of the Western canon offers...

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On the Origin of Species

14 Oct 2016

In our third event, Professor Iain McCalman (Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Sydney; Director of the HRC from 1995-2002) will introduce and...

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