Centre for Workforce Futures Illuminate Public Lecture – Professor Raewyn Connell

9 April 2019

4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Leandlease Room, MGSM, 1 Management Drive

Higher education is doing wonderfully well. There are 200 million students worldwide, and Vice-Chancellors are being paid a million dollars a year. Oh, and student debt totals well over a trillion (US) dollars, staff strikes and student protests have become commonplace around the world, more and more university staff are in precarious work, the number of fake journals continues to rise, Elsevier is making record profits off journals, and Laureate Education Corporation owns 60 universities outright.

In this Public Lecture, Professor Raewyn Connell will invite you to think about the shape and sources of our problems, local and global; the resources (some unexpected) that we have for dealing with them; and pathways into a different future – our ideas of a good university and a good university system, and how we can move towards them. These are themes of Raewyn’s new book The Good University (Monash University Publishing 2019, in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand, and Zed Books internationally). Raewyn, one of Australia’s leading social scientists, is Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney and a life member of the National Tertiary Education Union.

Professor Raewyn Connell:
Raewyn Connell became Professor of Sociology (foundation chair) at Macquarie University in 1976, launching a new department that tried to embody academic democracy as well as new agendas for sociology. She moved to the University of California at Santa Cruz in the early 1990s and subsequently was appointed to a chair of education at the University of Sydney. She is now Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney, and a Life Member of the National Tertiary Education Union. Internationally renowned for her social theory of gender relations and studies on masculinity, her recent books include: The Good University; Southern Theory; Gender In World Perspective (with Rebecca Pearse). Her work has been translated into nineteen languages. Raewyn has been active in the labour movement, the peace movement, and work for gender equality. Details at www.raewynconnell.net and Twitter @raewynconnell

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