Alumni Update | Issue two 2015

Iconic Australians: Germaine Greer and musician Robert Forster

Star attractions of Hawke Research Institute’s 2015 program

Feminist icon Professor Germaine Greer, celebrated Australian musician and founder of The Go-Betweens Robert Forster, and internationally acclaimed social scientist Professor Helga Nowotny are just some of the highlights from the Hawke Research Institute’s (HRI) diverse mix of public events on offer in 2015.

The flagship event for 2015 is a public lecture by Professor Germaine Greer. Named an Australian Living National Treasure by the National Trust in 2003, Greer will reflect on the problem of environmental degradation in Australia and globally and the relationship between women and conservation.

In 2014 the HRI launched the “Hawke Celebrity Studies” Series – when UK singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole came to the Institute. This year’s Visiting Fellow in the Series is Robert Forster, who will be appearing with us in both Adelaide and Hobart to reflect on his musical journey, his new album and his new book about life in The Go-Betweens.

The HRI’s contribution to the creative arts appears in other ways too this year. In March, one of Ireland’s leading theatre-makers, Olwen Fouéré, will talk about her acclaimed new adaptation of the voice of the river in James Joyce’s FInnegans Wake. In August, the Institute joins with the Samstag Museum of Art to meet South Australian artist Geoff Wilson and in September it turns to jazz, when exhibition curator Terence Maloon will speak on the Samstag exhibition Birth of the Cool.

The 2015 program concludes with the Hawke Annual Distinguished Lecture. Former President of the European Research Council, Professor Helga Nowotny will consider the possibilities for integrating the natural sciences, engineering, and social sciences and humanities, in order to foster better, more valuable research.

To learn more about the full list of events offered by the Hawke Research Institute view our brochure

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Professor Germaine Greer public lecture: 6:00pm, 15 April 2015
Earth cannot Survive Without People; People Cannot Survive Without Earth


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