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Books that Changed Humanity


Books that Changed Humanity

2017 Series


Books that Changed Humanity is a book club with a difference. Each month, the Humanities Research Centre hosts an expert from one of a variety of disciplines, who will introduce and lead the discussion of a major historical text. All of these texts, which are drawn from a variety of cultural traditions, has had a formative influence on society and humanity. The series aims to highlight and revisit those books which have informed the way we understand ourselves, both individually and collectively, as human beings.

The series aims to bring together readers from all backgrounds and vocations. Individuals from beyond and within the university community are warmly invited to come, listen, and share their thoughts about some great works of literature over a friendly glass of wine. Though the events will be casual in nature, RSVP is essential, both for catering purposes and for the distribution of preliminary reading materials for each text.




21 April

Rev Dr John Harris. The King James Bible.



12 May

Dr Benjamin Penny (ANU). Laozi, Daodejing [Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching].

Details | Podcast


9 June

James Grieve (ANU). Marcel Proust, À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time)

Details | Registration


4 August 

Dr Frances Devlin-Glass (Deakin University). James Joyce, Ulysses.

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8 September

Professor James Piscatori (ANU). Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

Details | Registration | Podcast


6 October

Associate Professor Karen Green (University of Melbourne). Mary Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

Details | Registration


3 November

Professor John Minford (ANU). Cao Xueqin, The Dream of the Red Chamber

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1 December 

Professor Paul Pickering (ANU). E.P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Classes.

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Updated: 17 October 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Head, HRC / Page Contact:  HRC administration