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. Registration is essential.

 

2021 Program

 

   

1st semester

 

19 March      Dr Ibrahim Abraham on J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace

 

16 April        Prof Chris McAuliffe on Dick Hebdige, Subculture: The Meaning of Style

 

14 May         Dr Meera Ashar on Goverdhanram Tripathi, Saraswatichandra

 

 

 

2nd semester

 

6 August       Dr Amanda Laugesen on the Oxford English Dictionary

 

3 Sept            Dr Monique Rooney on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Essai sur l’origine des langues

                       [Essay on the Origin of Languages]

 

1 October       Prof Meredith Rossner on Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

 

 

Upcoming events

Books that Changed Humanity: “Govardhanram Tripathi’s Saraswatichandra”

5.30–6.45pm 28 May 2021

Published in serialised form between 1887 and 1901, Govardhanram Tripathi’s four-volume text was written during a transformative period in colonial India when...

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Past events

Books that Changed Humanity: Dick Hebdige's Subculture: The Meaning of Style

16 Apr 2021

  Youth culture, pop art, cultural studies, style – Dick Hebdige's Subculture: The Meaning of Style was an influential early text in the march of cultural...

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Books that Changed Humanity: J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace

19 Mar 2021

Dr Ibrahim Abraham explores this controversial masterpiece of post-apartheid South Africa at the turn of the twenty-first century. Disgrace is the novel that ...

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Books that Changed Humanity: Sophie Cottin's Claire D'Albe

23 Oct 2020

  In the period 1816-20, Claire d’Albe was in fact the best selling novel in France, followed closely by Cottin's Élisabeth ou les Exilés de Sibérie (1806)....

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Books that Changed Humanity: The Quiet American

25 Sep 2020

The world may yearn for a ‘quiet’ American in 2020, but 65 years ago, the English novelist, Graham Greene presaged its dangers in The Quiet American. In an...

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Books that Changed Humanity: The Australian Legend

28 Aug 2020

  BOOKS THAT CHANGED HUMANITY Russel Ward’s The Australian Legend (1958) began life as a doctoral thesis in history at the Australian National University –...

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Books that Changed Humanity | Aristotle’s Metaphysics

25 Oct 2019

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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Books that Changed Humanity | Gulliver's Travels

27 Sep 2019

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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Books that Changed Humanity: Encyclopédie

30 Aug 2019

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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Books that Changed Humanity | The History of the Peloponnesian War

26 Apr 2019

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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Books that Changed Humanity | The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money

29 Mar 2019

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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