The School of Philosophy organises various events and courses for the enjoyment of students and visitors. This page lists upcoming offerings that complement the School’s Philosophy courses and bring practical philosophy to everyday living.
You can also read more about featured events in the Features section of this site.
On the Calendar
- End of Term: Sunday 8th December, 2019
- Christmas Concert: Sunday, 15th December, 6.00pm — MacLaren Hall
- Start of Next Term: Monday 27th January, 2020
- Mindfulness for Life course — Beginning 25th February, 2020
- Practical Wisdom Workshop: Being Happy — February 15th, 10–12am — Erasmus Library
- Practical Wisdom Workshop: Dialectic — March 8th, 10–12am — Erasmus Library
- Cultural Day — March 22nd, Hawthorn — 8am–4pm
- Practical Wisdom Workshop: Who Is Really In Charge? — March 28th, 10–12am — Erasmus Library
- Dante — April 4th, 2020, Erasmus Library — 10am–12pm
The School will be celebrating the Christmas season with a concert on December 15th.
Highlights this year include professional male and female soloists, instrumentals, readings from Leon MacLaren on music, a Pop-Up choir and carols. Refreshments will be served afterward in Ardenne (aka “The Convent”).
The concert will be held at 6.00 pm in the MacLaren Hall on Sunday, December 15th. Please note: Access is via 45 Riversdale Road only for this event. Use Ardenne front entrance.
Mindfulness for Life
A short course in the science, practice and philosophy of mindfulness
Mindfulness is both a form of meditation and a way of living. For millennia, the world’s great wisdom traditions have embraced the principles and practice of mindfulness, but in recent times it has been “discovered” by the mainstream, with applications in fields as diverse as mental health, neuroscience, genetics, work, education, sport and leadership.
Mindfulness for Life will be presented by well-known mindfulness teacher, Dr Craig Hassed OAM. It will explore the science, practice and philosophy of mindfulness. Each week will include guided mindfulness meditation practices and discussion on how to apply it in daily life.
This four-week course will cover the following topics:
- Mindfulness and Physical Health
- Mindfulness and Mental Health
- Mindfulness, Performance and Education
- The Philosophy of Mindfulness
Dates: Four consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7.00–9.30pm beginning on February 25
Venue: MacLaren Hall, 45 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn
Enrolment fee: $160 ($100 concession)
Practical Wisdom Workshops
Our Practical Wisdom Workshops are here again! Term 1, 2020 will see three offerings:
- Being Happy — February 15th, 10–12am — presented by Peter Stoddart
- Dialectic — March 8th, 10–12am — presented by Marita Brewster
- Who Is Really In Charge? — March 28th, 10–12am — presented by Michael Smith
Time, location and registration
Each event will take place from 10am to 12 noon in the Erasmus Library.
- Location: School of Philosophy, 1 Through Street, Hawthorn. (Enter through Erasmus Primary School carpark off Through Street).
- Cost: $35
- Register here
The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri
Born in the Republic of Florence around 1265, Dante has been called the master poet of Western Civilisation. His Divine Comedy, an allegorical journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, is not just a great yarn. Embodied in it is Dante’s own journey through the world of the spirit and discovery of his true nature.
This lecture looks at some of Dante’s veiled spiritual revelations and how participants can gain a deeper insight into their own nature and into society by exploring his work.
Time, location and presenter
- Time: April 4th, 2020, 10am to 12 noon
- Location: Erasmus Library, 1 Through Street, Hawthorn. (Enter through Erasmus Primary School carpark off Through Street).
- Presenter: Peter Stoddart