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Samuel Moyn in conversation with Shaun McVeigh and Sundhya Pahuja
It’s hard not to feel pessimistic about the state of the world. The news is already bad; fake news and algorithms make it worse. Calls for academics to respond with a renewed responsibility in public debate often suffer from the same malaise. And the struggle for well-informed commentary can be hard to sustain in the light of the critical demands of justice and lawful conduct, and the criticism of law and justice.
Over the last fifteen years, Samuel Moyn has developed a sustained historical disenchantment of the promises and fantasies of the Euro-American post 1945 settlement. He is the author of several critical histories of international law and human rights including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (2010); Christian Human Rights (2015), and Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (2018). His recent books include Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War (2022) and Liberalism Against Itself: Cold War Intellectuals and the Making of Our Times (2023).
Join Sam in conversation with Melbourne scholars, Shaun McVeigh and Sundhya Pahuja about the role of the historian and jurist, styles of academic engagement in Western universities and the struggle between pessimism and hope in political discourse.
Shaun McVeigh is a professor of legal theory at Melbourne Law School. Sundhya Pahuja is a Melbourne Laureate Professor and ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow.
From 5:30 pm: Welcome reception with drinks and light refreshments provided in the ground-floor foyer.
From 6:30 pm: Conversation with Prof. Samuel Moyn in the ground-floor theatre, G08.
This event is supported by the Melbourne Law School, the Institute for International Law and the Humanities, the Laureate Program in Global Corporations and International Law and the Adelaide Writers’ Week.
The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health, University of Melbourne, invites you to an International Women’s Day event featuring Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Clare Looker.
Clare is an experienced public health physician and has held multiple senior leadership roles in the Government Department’s public health team over the years, including throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In this role, Dr Looker provides expert public health leadership and scientific advice on issues impacting public health in Victoria. As Chief Health Officer, Dr Looker has various roles and responsibilities under Victoria’s Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and also undertakes a number of statutory functions under other health-related legislation. Dr Looker is also Chief Human Biosecurity Officer for Victoria and, working with Chief Health Officer colleagues in other states and territories, she participates in national activities to protect and promote public health in Australia.
Clare will share insights into her career journey, reflecting on her time through medical and clinical schools, (Clare graduated from the University of Melbourne, Rural Clinical School in Shepparton in 2005) to roles in environmental health, infectious disease epidemiology and public health medicine as Deputy Chief Health Officer. She will delve into the challenges and triumphs of her journey and describe how she sees the role of Chief Health Officer in the pandemic, and beyond.
Clare is passionate about encouraging women to pursue rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). She is mindful of the key challenges for women in science and medicine and will share her own experience of how other women have shaped her career journey. These unique challenges include the gender health gap and how COVID-19 highlighted health discrepancies, particularly in women’s health.
Registration is essential and we hope you can join us online or in person at The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health, 49 Graham St, Shepparton.
There is the opportunity to ask questions when registering and on the night.