ThoughtLines – Learning for the Fun of It
A unique series of stimulating public presentations by university-associated experts in a variety of fields – including philosophy, science, history, economics, music, literature, the arts and the social sciences – to be presented throughout Australia.
Drawing on the treasure-trove of knowledge and expertise to be found in Australia’s world-class universities, ThoughtLines offers a unique new opportunity for an engaging and entertaining learning experience via presentations –- tailored for the general public -- by outstanding scholars in a variety of fields, including science, history, politics, art, literature, economics, and philosophy.
Enjoy a day in the company of some of the nation’s most renowned experts -- hearing them talk -- and asking them questions – about such topics as how the universe was formed; artificial intelligence and the future of work ; the rise of China and what it means for Australia; ethical behavior in the 21st Century ; the very special dinosaurs of Australia; making sense of economics; what is consciousness; the challenges of the Anthropocene; and much more.
A ThoughtLines day of learning starts at 12.30pm and ends at 4.30pm and features three one-hour-long presentations, including Q&A. Time is allowed between sessions for refreshments, along with the opportunity to meet and mingle with the experts and your fellow learners.
11.30am: Box Office opens. Light lunch, snacks and drinks available for purchase.
12.30pm: Presentation #1: China and Australia: Do We Need to Worry? by Professor James Laurenceson, including Q&A
1.30pm: Break. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Speakers will mingle with audience
2:00pm: Presentation #2: Reaching For The Stars: An Australian Journey Through the Cosmos by Professor Lisa Kewley, including Q&A
3:00pm: Break. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Speakers to mingle
3.30pm" Presentation #3: Saving Ourselves From Ourselves: The Challenge of Human Intervention in Nature by Professor Iain McCalman, including Q&A
4.30pm: Meet the guests in the foyer with complimentary wine and cheese.
5.30pm: Event conclusion
U/18, Concession, Groups 10+, Members: $85