Lecture and Q&A with Professors Brian Schmidt and Michael Wesley in Jakarta, Indonesia

Speaker

Professor Brian P. Schmidt & Professor Michael Wesley

Venue

TBA

Date

Monday, 29 May, 2017 - 15:00 to 17:30
The Australian National University requests the honour of your attendance at the Lecture:
 
Evidence and Expertise in a Post-Truth World
by 
Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC FAA FRS
Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University and 
2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics
 
And 
 
Is Globalisation Dying?
by 
Professor Michael Wesley
Dean, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University
 
To be held on:
Monday, 29 May 2017
15.00 – 17:30 WIB
(followed by breaking of the fast)
 
Venue:
Hotel Pullman Jakarta 
The Gallery, 2nd Floor 
Jl. MH Thamrin No. 59, Menteng
Jakarta
 
 
We look forward to your attendance.
  
Program
15.00 – 15.30 Registration
15.30 – 16.30 Lecture and Q&A with Professor Brian Schmidt
16.30 – 17.30 Lecture and Q&A with Professor Michael Wesley
17.30 – 19.00 Breaking of the fast

Evidence and Expertise in a Post-Truth World

Human society faces global scale challenges that can only be solved by a collective approach informed by knowledge and empowered by technology. However, scientific evidence and expertise are no longer implicitly trusted. Objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than emotional appeals and personal beliefs. This spells disaster to a scientist like Brian Schmidt who says we can’t solve the world’s pressing problems without a renewed respect for evidence and expertise. 
 
Brian P. Schmidt AC FAA FRS was appointed Vice-Chancellor of ANU in January 2016. The Vice-Chancellor is President and Chief Executive Officer of ANU, guiding strategy and day-to-day leadership for the University and is also a member of the Council. Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Schmidt was an astrophysicist at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics before becoming Vice-Chancellor. 
 
Professor Schmidt received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989, and completed his Astronomy Master's degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University. Under his leadership, in 1998, the High-Z Supernova Search team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating. Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The United States Academy of Science, and the Royal Society, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013. 

Is Globalisation Dying?

Across the world, we see the benefits of globalisation being questioned.  The free flow of goods, ideas and people is threatened by nationalism and the reassertion of state control.  Michael Wesley will examine this backlash against globalisation, and how we can respond.  In a challenging environment, he asserts that education and knowledge are the best antidotes.
 
Michael Wesley is Professor of International Affairs and Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. Previously, Professor Wesley was the Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU from 2014 to 2016, the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy from 2009 to 2012. He gained his PhD from the University of St Andrews and his BA (Honours) from the University of Queensland.

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