Making Public Histories webinar series - 2020 program

The 2020 Making Public Histories webinar series was presented as a joint initiative of Monash University, the Old Treasury Building and the History Council of Victoria.

The series was generously supported by the three partner organisations and sponsored by the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University. Gifts for the speakers were kindly donated by Monash University Publishing.

When restrictions were placed on face-to-face gatherings in Victoria in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was redesigned for online delivery. Each webinar attracted a large and international audience. The webinars were recorded and are freely available to view and to share via the HCV's YouTube channel.

Here is an outline of the webinars:


Tuesday 14 July 2020

Public Monuments - Contested Histories

Emeritus Professor Peter McPhee AM, The University of Melbourne and Chair of the History Council of Victoria
Claire Baxter, graduate of the University of Glasgow
John Patten, Museums Victoria and a Board member of the History Council of Victoria

Alistair Thomson, Monash University

Click HERE for further information. 


Tuesday 11 August 2020

Remembering the Atomic Bombs: History, Memory and Politics in Australia, Japan and the Pacific

Professor Robin Gerster, Monash University
Dr Gwyn McClelland, University of New England
Dimity Hawkins AM, Swinburne University

Alistair Thomson, Monash University

Click HERE for further information. 


Tuesday 10 November 2020

Victoria's Native Vegetation: History, Heritage, Politics

Dr Gary Presland, professional historian
Professor Mike Clarke, La Trobe University
Dr Lilian Pearce, RMIT and the University of Tasmania

Alistair Thomson, Monash University

Click HERE for further information.




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