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Food for Thought at Casuarina

By Jane Hampson

Professor of Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University Jānis (John) T. Ozoliņš (left), with CDU’s Head of the School of Creative Arts and Humanities, Professor Brian Mooney Professor of Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University Jānis (John) T. Ozoliņš (left), with CDU’s Head of the School of Creative Arts and Humanities, Professor Brian Mooney

A lunchtime lecture series to inspire debate and discussion has kicked off on Casuarina campus.

“Food for Thought” is an initiative of the Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts and showcases the work of academics from CDU as well as national and international researchers through short lectures in their areas of expertise.

The series, held on a Wednesday with lunch provided, is open to all staff and students at CDU.

Among the inaugural guests presenting papers at the series was Professor Jānis (John) T. Ozoliņš, Professor of Philosophy, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Australian Catholic University, who spoke on Education as Transformation: Creating Cultural Identity and Civil Society. 

Professor Ozolinš’ talk was organised by Head of the School of Creative Arts and Humanities, Professor Brian Mooney. 

“Professor Ozolins is an important philosopher who has much to offer our research students and staff,” Professor Mooney said.

The talk was followed by lunch and an enthusiastic debate about the purpose of education today and how it was affected by market forces.

Professor Ozolinš also spoke at the regular Monday afternoon postgraduate research students/ staff seminar at the School of Creative Arts and Humanities. These regular seminars focus on applying for research grants and preparing work for publication and while aimed at postgraduate students and research staff, they are open to all.

“Our aim with these lectures is to promote interdisciplinary discussion between CDU research students and staff, with speakers coming from around Australia and our immediate region,” Professor Mooney said.

Food for Thought is on Wednesdays 11am-12.30pm in Blue 5.1. 01

The CAH Monday seminars are in Orange 6. 2.10 3.30-5pm.