NOTES FROM THE LAST SEMINAR, Poverty and affluence, material and spiritual
Professor Graeme Martin opened the seminar with some remarks about Integrated Human Studies. Graeme is on the Centre’s Policy and Management Committee and has a longstanding enthusiasm for the ideology of integration of disciplines.
At each seminar I stand up and say something about Integrated Human Studies because it’s a new field and we want people to understand how we are different from other interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches.
Events at the Centre for Integrated Human Studies are moving fast. With the beginning of second semester we welcomed our first enrolled postgraduate student, San Wong, and a new staff member, Steve Johnson. San will be researching the interface between relaxation methods and physical and mental wellbeing; Steve is working on curriculum development. I am also pleased to be working with the new Director of University Extension, Susan Marie. Together we’ll be looking for ways to bring Integrated Human Studies to a wider audience in 2009.
The Centre for Integrated Human Studies was officially established in February this year. We aim to offer undergraduate courses in Integrated Human Studies as soon as possible – we believe that the decision makers of the future need a broad tertiary education to grasp the complexities of the problems facing human beings in the 21st century and formulate socially equitable, environmentally sustainable solutions. An interdisciplinary approach is essential.
NOTES FROM THE LAST SEMINAR: HUMAN ALTRUISM, LOCAL AND GLOBAL, IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
Our recent seminar on altruism was well attended despite the rainy weather. Emeritus Professor David Allbrook opened his talk with a recommendation that we read a book “The Altruism Equation: Seven Scientists Search for the Origins of Goodness” (Lee Alan Dugatkin, Princeton University Press, 2006), which attempts to answer the question of how altruism can be explained in light of the evolutionary principle that we are in competition by examining the lives and theories of seven seminal intellectuals.
Our last seminar, on May 14 and chaired by A/Prof Peter Morgan, began with some
Powerpoint comedy, perhaps underlining A/Prof Neville Bruce’s observation that technology is not going to provide the whole answer to the challenges facing human beings in the 21st century (in fact some of us find it THE challenge).
Our first seminar "Seeking a wisdom for the 21st century" 16 April 2008
Around 80 people came to the first seminar in our Semester 1 "Seeking wisdom" series, and enjoyed presentations from Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Don Markwell, Associate Professor Neville Bruce, Associate Professor Veronica Brady, and Professor Graeme Martin.