The concept of the university as a distinctive tertiary institution is now defunct, according to author and philosopher Professor Raimond Gaita. Yet with writer's festivals, public lecture series and festivals of ideas all flourishing, he says that there is a need to reassess the role of the universities in cultural life more generally.
Professor Gaita is one of Australia's best-known thinkers and the author of the award-winning memoir Romulus, My Father. He is currently Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Law School and the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne and Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at King's College London.
Professor Gaita will give a public lecture in association with the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and will also be present at a Flinders University conference dedicated to discussion and analysis of his ethical writings. There are three public events associated with this conference, and include a film screening and round table discussion. all three public events are free, however registration is essential.