October 14 is Humphrey McQueen Day in Cultural Collections

Portrait of Humphrey McQueen by Karen Donnelly, 2009

Lecture 1

When: 14th October 2011 at 10am
Presenter: Humphrey McQueen
Title: Changing Places: a materialist explanation for nationalism.
Where: Cultural Collections Level 2 Auchmuty Library University of Newcastle.
Cost: Free

 

Lecture 2

When: 14th October 2011 at 1.30 pm
Presenter: Humphrey McQueen
Title: ‘Will you be long, Mr Barrack?’
Where: Cultural Collections Level 2 Auchmuty Library University of Newcastle.
Cost: Free

Everyone is welcome to attend two free public lectures to be delivered by well known Australian historian Humphrey McQueen in the Friends’ Reading Room Cultural Collections (Auchmuty Library) University of Newcastle.

The first will be held at 10am. Humphrey McQueen will be presenting on Changing Places: a materialist explanation for nationalism.

As part of the University’s Radical Newcastle Project an afternoon paper will be also delivered at 1.30 pm entitled ‘Will you be long, Mr Barrack?’ (Peter Barrack is a former Secretary of Trades Hall in Newcastle).

Humphrey McQueen is a freelance historian and cultural commentator. His most recent book is ‘Framework of Flesh: Builders Labourers Battle for Health and Safety’ published in 2009 (copies are now available at the Coop bookshop on campus). He has an impressive and diverse publication record in Australian history over a long period that includes his 1970 book, A New Britannia: An argument concerning the social origins of Australian radicalism and nationalism, released in several editions. He also contributed the Foreword to Radical Brisbane published in 2004.

This is an important opportunity to engage with a prominent Australian historian to help unpack the concept of ‘radicalism’ and to think through how it might be applied to the University of Newcastle’s own Radical Newcastle project.

Prior to Humphrey’s talk, you are also invited to a light lunch downstairs at Isabella’s adjacent to the Student Union Building from 12 noon to 1:15 pm. Isabellas is adjacent to the Student Union Building. This has once again been provided for us by the School of Humanities and Social Science. If you would like to attend the lunch could you please RSVP Linda Hutchinson (Humanities Research Institute) at Linda.Hutchinson@newcastle.edu.au by Wednesday 12 October.

I hope to see as many of you at the event as possible.

Dr James Bennett
for Radical Newcastle collective.
University of Newcastle

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