In Melbourne on Friday 9 May, the world’s greatest conservative philosopher, Roger Scruton, will be the keynote speaker at the IPA’s 2014 Western Civilisation Symposium. Roger will be speaking alongside other eminent guests including former prime minister John Howard, former High Court justice Ian Callinan and The Australian’s Janet Albrechtsen.
The Institute of Public Affairs’ 2014 Western Civilisation Symposium, ‘Liberty and Democracy in Western Civilisation,’ will be the most intellectually engaging event of the year. You can now register to attend here.
The event will run for a whole day on Friday 9 May 2014. Sixteen outstanding speakers will come to talk about Western Civilisation in the twenty-first century. You can now find information about session times and the speakers on the new Symposium website.
If you missed out on the 2011 Symposium, you can view the videos here.
Our keynote speaker will be Roger Scruton, the world’s leading conservative philosopher. He will be visiting Australia in May as a guest of the IPA and Campion College.
In the October edition of Horizons last year we included a profile of Roger. He is the author of 30 books, the best known of which is The Meaning of Conservatism (1980). Here is an interview with Roger on the book’s 25th anniversary.
Roger’s other notable books include I Drink Therefore I Am: A Philosopher’s Guide to Wine (2010), Our Church: A Personal History of the Church of England (2013) and (most recently) The Uses of Pessimism (2014).
Another important publication of his is A Political Philosophy: Arguments for Conservatism, which he published in 2006 as a defence of the institutions and culture of Western Civilisation.
Roger will be joined by many other outstanding speakers, including the former Prime Minister John Howard, Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, and many more. Here are some profiles.
Janet Albrechtsen is a columnist with The Australian. Some of her interesting recent work includes this excellent article ($) on the cultural divide in the film industry and this one ($) on how human rights have been misconstrued in recent history. Also not to be missed is this speech she made to the IPA about free speech and its importance in Western Civilisation.
Ian Callinan is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia. Here is a fascinating interview with Ian upon his retirement in 2007 in which he reflects on his career. He is also a fiction author and a playwright. His novels include Betrayals (2011), The Missing Masterpiece (2001), and The Coroner’s Conscience (1999).
Kevin Donnelly is a prominent education commentator and the author of a number of books on the topic – including Dumbing Down and Educating your child… it’s not rocket science! You might be aware that Christopher Pyne appointed Kevin to review the Labor National Curriculum, along with Ken Wiltshire. Here is an article he wrote for The Age explaining why the current Labor curriculum needs to be reviewed.
Other speakers will include renowned economist and Professor Emeritus at the Melbourne Business School Ian Harper, journalist and writer of The Lucky Culture and the Rise of an Australian Ruling Class Nick Cater, former federal minister and political scientist David Kemp, economic historian and sociologist Claudio Véliz, columnist, political analyst and historian of ideas Jennifer Oriel, and Greg Melleuish, associate professor of history and politics at the University of Wollongong. The IPA’s John Roskam, Chris Berg, and Richard Allsop will also be speaking at the Symposium, in what promises to be a very fulfilling day.
For those of you who are interstate and unable to make it to Melbourne for the full symposium, Roger Scruton will also be appearing in Sydney with Quadrant magazine editor Keith Windschuttle on Wednesday 14 May and in Brisbane with Spectator Australia editor Tom Switzer on Thursday 15 May. You can book tickets for these events here.