2014 CHASS National Forum

The CHASS National Forum is just a few short months away. Today, CHASS Executive Director, Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM, gives you some info on the exciting event and explains why it’s so important for anyone in the Humanities, Arts or Social Sciences.

What is the CHASS National Forum?

The 2014 CHASS National Forum will be held on 8 and 9 October at the Woodward Conference Centre, The University of Melbourne. This annual Forum provides an opportunity for academics, artists, practitioners and policy makers to meet, share ideas and promote the humanities, arts and social sciences. The theme of the 2014 Forum is ‘Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and the Public Good’. Over the course of two days, researchers, political leaders, policy makers and artists will examine how the humanities, arts and social sciences can help us deal with contemporary social problems.

Who’s on the Forum agenda?

We are bringing together Hugh Mackay, David Malouf, Michael Kirby, Frank Furedi, Emma Bennison, Denise Meredyth, George Brandis, Tim Wilson, Les Murray, David Christian, Graeme Turner, Julie Hare, Susannah Eliott, Andrew Jaspan, Jo Lindsay, Anthony Elliott, Christina Parolin, and some of Australia’s leading social scientists and policy makers to explore, debate and develop future strategies for HASS to contribute to the public good.

Why should people attend the Forum?

The CHASS Forum is not just another academic conference. It includes entertainment, exhibitions, art, design, the CHASS Australia Prizes, debates, a speed-dating contest for senior researchers, and much more. Despite the high level of public and political support for HASS subjects, we CHASS members frequently feel that we are struggling—not only financially but also to prove our value. This is why the forthcoming Forum will include discussions and master classes on how to turn our high public esteem into tangible financial support and stronger influence in Australia’s public conversation. Early bird registration is now open and spots are filling up! You can register to attend part of or the entire Forum before 31 August and save. So, don’t miss out. Before you go out for that next cup of coffee, or update your Facebook status, or send a Tweet, click here and register for what will be the most exciting Forum ever.

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Tell us about the 2014 CHASS Australia Prizes Dinner 

This year’s Forum will also include the 2014 CHASS Australia Prizes Dinner, which will be held at Queen’s Hall, Parliament of Victoria, Melbourne on 8 October. The evening will include an award ceremony for the first place recipients of the CHASS Australia Prizes. There will be four prizes this year: one for a book, one for performance, practice or policy making, the third for an early career future leader, and one for a student (the Co-op is sponsoring the student award – see more on here).

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CHASS Executive Director Professor Steven Schwartz


Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM is Executive Director of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and
Social Sciences, is former Vice Chancellor of Macquarie University, prior to which he was Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University (London).  Professor Schwartz specialises in higher education, health policy and health economics.

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