Utopia 500

Utopia 500
Talks / Lecture

Étienne-Louis Boullée, Cénotaphe de Newton (1784). Représentation de nuit avec un effet de jour à l'intérieur. Image courtesy of Bibliothèque nationale de France
 When
28 March 2017, 6pm-7.30pm
 Where
Theatre, Lower Ground 1

Thomas More wrote a book that coined a word and changed the world—Utopia. After 500 years, it seems as far off as ever. What is the world coming to and what can we do about it? Join Miles Franklin award-winning author Alexis Wright, renowned philosopher Peter Singer, and leading scholars Russell Jacoby and Jacqueline Dutton as, together with Paul Barclay from ABC’s Big Ideas, they explore the role—or absence—of imagination and aspiration in how we address the vital issues confronting Australia. Are we destined for a nightmare future? Is it too late to dream? 

Image: Étienne-Louis Boullée, Cénotaphe de Newton (1784). Représentation de nuit avec un effet de jour à l'intérieur. Image courtesy of Bibliothèque nationale de France

This collaborative event is a project of the Centre for Law Art and the Humanities at the Australian National University. It has been made possible with the assistance and cooperation of the National Library of Australia and ABC’s Big Ideas Unit and with the generous support of the ANU Gender Institute, Humanities Research Centre, Peter Herbst Colloquium, School of History, College of Arts and Social Sciences, and College of Law.