The Wednesday Lectures 2017: The Intelligentsia in The Age of Trump
Hosted by Raimond Gaita
Wednesdays, 26 July to 30 August 6.30pm-8.00pm
It began with Brexit and entered another dimension with Donald Trump's election campaign. Many of the intelligentsia – those who choose or are required by their profession/vocation to comment on political affairs – were shocked. Hardly any anticipated that resentment, anger and even hatred could go so deep in parts of the British and American electorates almost unnoticed. When it was noticed few foresaw its transformative power. In the case of Trump many were incredulous that someone who had a good chance of becoming president of the US could be so radically disdainful of the practices, conventions and institutions that express and underpin democratic political civility, and pile lie upon lie so fast and shamelessly as to make the idea that reality mattered quixotic. He hasn't changed as president. But commentators were not only shocked that they didn’t see Brexit or Trump coming. They were unsettled by a suspicion that some of the many reasons they didn’t played a significant role in ensuring that they did. Do we, even now, understand what has happened and why it did?
Wednesday, 26 July
‘Truth and Truthfulness in The Age of Trump’
Speaker: Raimond Gaita is Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Law School and The Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne and Professor Emeritus of Moral Philosophy at King's College London.
Wednesday, 2 August
‘Universities in The Age of Trump’
Speaker: Timothy J. Lynch is the Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Professor in American Politics at The University of Melbourne.
Wednesday, 9 August
‘Trumped! The Rise of the Populists and the Great World Shift’
Speaker: Guy Rundle is currently correspondent-at-large for Crikey, a former editor of Arena Magazine, and a frequent contributor to a wide range of newspapers and magazines.
Wednesday, 16 August
‘International Law in The Age of Trump’
Speaker: Sundhya Pahuja is a professor in the Melbourne Law School and the director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities.
Wednesday, 23 August
‘Trump and the Death of the Media Class’
Speaker: Helen Razer was a broadcaster and is now a writer, contributing news and cultural analysis to Crikey, The Saturday Paper, The Daily Review, SBS Online and Atlantic digital publication Quartz.
Wednesday, 30 August
‘Climate Change in The Age of Trump’
Speaker: Katerina Gaita is the founder and CEO of Climate for Change, a new not-for-profit working to create the social climate in Australia for the action we need on climate change.
To view the full series program, including lecture abstracts and full speaker biographies, please download the series flyer.