Outside the Square

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Hosted by the new Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Annamarie Jagose, and in collaboration with Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Outside the Square is a new series in which six expert panels will address questions that speak to the heart of what it means to be a person today.

Our questions include:

  • In our world of spin and short attention spans, is truth dead?
  • How is social media changing the way we relate to ourselves and others?
  • How can each of us contribute to a more sustainable future in this city?
  • Will our teachers be obsolete in 20 years?
  • Is Shakespeare and the capital ‘C’ Culture he often represents still relevant?
  • How do we know if we are happy?

Held just off campus, in Chippendale’s Creative Precinct (a 5-minute stroll from Central Station), these lively panels will harness the energies of Humanities-thinking for issues that are important to all of us.

There’ll be drinks. There’ll be catering by the renowned chefs of Spice Ally.

There’ll also be a linguist, a philosopher, a satirist, an economist, a playwright, a journalist, a teacher, an environmentalist, a technologist, an artistic director, a forensic psychologist, a CEO of happiness, and a social media troll.

But the best part: Outside the Square will give you direct access to all of them. Come along and you’ll be able to comment and quiz our experts, live, as the conversation unfolds.

We’ll also ask how you feel at the start of each session. Then we’ll ask you again at the end. Did we change the way you think?
Let’s find out.


Thursday 4 May - Is Truth Dead?

How to Be Informed: Navigating Post-Truth Cultures

Thursday 22 June - Is This Working?

How to Be Connected: social media and its discontents

Thursday 27 July - Are Humans the Only Beings that Matter?

How to Be Sustainable: perspectives from the environmental Humanities

Thursday 31 August - To Be or Not to Be?

How to Be Cultured: Shakespeare and the arts in the 21st Century

Thursday 12 October - Are Teachers Obsolete?

How to Teach: 21st Century classrooms

Thursday 23 November - Why So Sad?

How to Be Happy: metrics of happiness and depression