[Harvard Alumni]: Virtual Event discussing the future of arts and humanities

  • March 24, 2022
March 19, 2024 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Australia/Sydney Timezone
[Harvard Alumni]:  Virtual Event discussing the future of arts and humanities

Dear Oxbridge Partners and Affiliates,

Oxbridge has a membership with the Harvard Alumni Association in Australia/NZ. To coincide with the Sydney Writers Festival, please join us for an insightful and diverse panel discussion regarding the future of arts and humanities.

Date and Time: Wednesday 19th June, 12.30 – 2pm by Zoom
RSVP: support@oxbridge.com.au

Here’s an audacious question: how can we hope to solve the world’s gravest problems without glass-blowing or music theory? Or to put it another way, “what is the future of arts and humanities study?” Taking these questions seriously is to entertain the idea that we have lost our way in problem-solving. We try to make problems smaller and less complex than they really are, which makes for incomplete solutions. To problem solve with humanities is to welcome ambiguity, uncertainty, incomplete information and multiple, often contradictory truths as fundamental conditions for decision-making. It’s also to recognize storytelling not just as an outcome of problem solving but integral to it. Join a discussion about why this is the case.


  • Sophie Gee (Princeton English Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Sydney)
  • Fleur Johns (incoming Dean, University of Sydney law school)
  • Rob McLean (former McKinsey Managing Partner, ANZ and Author: “Bulletproof Problem-solving and The Imperfectionists” and
  • Michael Miller (Washington Post’s first Sydney Bureau Chief)



Harvard alumni, faculty, and researchers have included numerous Nobel laureates and Fields Medal recipients, and more alumni have been members of the U.S. Congress, MacArthur Fellows, Rhodes Scholars (375), Marshall Scholars (255), and Fulbright Scholars than any other university in the world. Its alumni include eight U.S. presidents and 188 living billionaires, the most of any university globally. Fourteen Turing Award laureates have been Harvard affiliates. Students and alumni have won 10 Academy Awards, 48 Pulitzer Prizes, and 110 Olympic medals (46 gold), and they have founded many notable companies including Microsoft, Facebook, Citigroup, CVS and Blackstone, including the current CEO of NAB Australia.

The Oxbridge Global Team






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