Past Fireside chats

 Some of the Fireside Chats given by Visiting Scholars, 2009–14





Dr Rosamund Thomas

Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics, Cambridge

Ethics Masterclass

Professor David Karoly

University of Melbourne

Climate Change: why you should be interested.

Professor Larry Gostin

Founding O'Neill Chair in Global Health Law, and Director, WHO Centre on Public Health Law & Human Rights at Georgetown University


'Global Health Law (2014)'

Laureate Professor Peter Doherty

University of Melbourne

Science, immunity, pandemics and infection

Assistant Professor Adrienne Edgar

University of California

Adventures in Post-Soviet Oral History

David Manne

Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre

‘Asylum Seekers, Refugees & the “Ethics of Protection”

Laureate Professor Sir James Mirrlees

Cambridge and Hong Kong Universities

The psychology of the global financial crisis

Laureate Professor Peter Doherty

University of Melbourne; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science


Reflections by a Nobel Laureate on viruses, poverty, committees, and the Alexandria project


Professor Larry Gostin

Founding O'Neill Chair in Global Health Law, and Director, WHO Centre on Public Health Law & Human Rights at Georgetown University


Why rich countries should care about the world’s least healthy people


Professor Ross Garnaut AO

Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and Professorial Fellow in Economics, University of Melbourne, Distinguished Professor of Economics, ANU


Climate change: is the world going to make it at Copenhagen?


Professor Richard Immerman

Edward J Buthusiem Distinguished Faculty Fellow in History; Marvin Wachman Director, Centre for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, Temple University; Miegunyah Fellow


British National Intelligence


Tom Mann

Senior fellow, Brookings Institute, Miegunyah Fellow


US Politics and Obama


Professor Ian Donaldson

ANU/Director, Humanities Research Centre/Foundation Director of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Cambridge


The life of Ben Jonson – the first literary celebrity?


Roy Neel

Former advisor to Bill Clinton and Al Gore


The forthcoming US elections


Dr Lisa Gorton

Winner of the 2008 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for poetry


A poet’s life and work


Professor Stephen May

Royal Veterinary College, London; Miegunyah Fellow, University of Melbourne


The skills needed by veterinary scientists


Simon Overland

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner


Towards a just society – Locke and the social contract


John Brumby

Premier of Victoria 2007–10, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, Universities of Melbourne & Monash


The Battle of ideas: Australia in 2025


Adam Bandt MP

Deputy Leader, Greens


Where is change and action on climate change likely to come from?


Chris Lamb

Former Ambassador to Rangoon; Principal Fellow (University of Melbourne); Special Adviser to International Red Cross and Red Crescent


Myanmar Past, Burma Present


Professor Marcia Langton

University of Melbourne



A conversation about Indigenous matters

Professor Ken Hinchcliff

Dean of Veterinary Science, University of Melbourne


What should vets be? Revising the curriculum at the University of Melbourne


Professor Doris Schroeder

Director of the Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire


The Right to Health: dignity and medical ethics


Professor Cormac O'Grada

University College Dublin


The Irish Famine


Professor Joe Klewicki

University of New Hampshire, University of Melbourne (former Tewksbury Fellow)


Fluid dynamics of sports balls


Martin Hosking

Director, RedBubble


Creating wealth by creating companies


Tim Glanville

Deputy Electoral Officer, Victoria, 1989–2008


Behind the electoral scenes


Professor John Alexander

Philosopher-in-Residence, MBS, University of Melbourne


In the Beginning… (Plato and the art of curiosity)


Debbie Mortimer SC

Senior Counsel


Making a difference: ethical lawyers and Australia today


Professor Harold Attridge

Sterling Professor of Divinity, Yale


The Dead Sea Scrolls and Nag Hammadi


Professor Laura Belmonte

University of Oklahoma


The LGBT rights movement in the US


Professor Andrew McGowan

Warden of Trinity College and Joan FW Munro Professor of Historical Theology


Dining with the dead: Ancient Roman eating in this life and the next


Professor Robin Batterham

University of Melbourne


Australia's future – a quarry for China and India?


Professor Brad Simpson



Barack Obama the Antichrist? How could millions of Americans be wrong?


Associate Professor Margaret Hellard

Director of the Centre for Population Health, Burnet institute


STDs and vulnerable populations


Dan Mori

David Hick’s former defence lawyer


David Hicks and Guantanamo


Associate Professor David Tan

National University of Singapore


Public Figures, private lives: an intimate look at a supermodel, a princess and a footballer


Associate Professor Guiseppe-Matteo Vaccaro-incisa

Università L. Bocconi


The EU debt-crisis: facts, myths and proposed solutions


Professor Frank Costigliola

University of Connecticut



An archivist’s passion

Professor Petra Geode

Temple University


Global cultures


Dr Shaun Flint

Universities of Cambridge (Addenbrookes) and Melbourne


Epidemics, refugees and public health


Dr Stephen Mills

University of Sydney


Polls and pollies – what was the recent election campaign really all about?


Sally Stoecker

School of Public Policy, George Mason University

Human trafficking