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Annual Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture: Maxine McKew

Tuesday 9 September 2014, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Free

The guest speaker in this year's Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture is Maxine McKew, who will discuss the issues raised in her most recent book, Class act – success and challenge in Australian education.

Presenting a series of conversations with some of the most prominent thinkers in education, and providing an examination of culture and academic change in six Australian schools, McKew’s book invites reflection on one of our most pressing national dilemmas: how do we replicate success across a fragmented system and reverse the decline in student performance?

Class act calls for a ceasefire in the education wars – the largely irrelevant arguments over choice of schooling and governance issues – and makes the case for moving beyond the politics of distraction.

Maxine McKew's 30-minute talk will be followed by a Q&A session with Jill Singer.

Lecture series

This annual memorial lecture commemorates the contribution to Australian intellectual life made by Stephen Murray-Smith, founding editor of Overland magazine. The lecture promotes research and debate in the broad areas of Stephen's interest and influence.

The event is also part of the Library's Big ideas under the dome lecture series, bringing to Melbourne great minds in the arts, culture, social justice and sciences to discuss, debate and reflect on the big ideas and issues of our time.