Former Australian prime minister John Howard will address the Blackheath Philosophy Forum on Saturday, July 14.
As part of the forum’s 2018 program on Western Civilisation, forum secretary Sandra Darroch said Mr Howard will make the case that our education system at all levels has seriously neglected and undervalued the inheritance of our Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian, and Enlightenment tradition, and that “appreciating it is not an exercise in cultural triumphalism, rather recognition of a complex and enduring historical reality”.
John Howard is chairman of the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation which has recently been the subject of controversy over the decision by the Australian National University to cancel an earlier plan to permit the Ramsay Centre to establish a course at the university on Western Civilisation.
The Blackheath Philosophy Forum meets in the hall at the Blackheath Neighbourhood Centre, corner Gardiner Crescent and the Great Western Highway from 4-6pm, followed by informal discussion at a nearby pub. Admission $10 includes a big afternoon tea before question time. All welcome.