Media Release: SOCIAL SCIENCE ON SHOW AROUND THE COUNTRY TO BUILD A STRONGER AUSTRALIA

Media Release

Monday 9 September

SOCIAL SCIENCE ON SHOW AROUND THE COUNTRY TO BUILD A STRONGER AUSTRALIA

Actor and author Magda Szubanski will headline a group of leading social commentators, writers and researchers giving over 60 talks and events around the country as part of Social Sciences Week, from 9-15 September.

Social Sciences Week is a celebration of the way in which social science research and education shapes Australian society.

Organising Committee Chair Associate Professor Dan Woodman from the University of Melbourne said that the growth in number of events and activities since the inaugural Social Sciences Week last year shows the extent of community interest in social research and thinking about our future.

“Many of the challenges we face are about how we live together, and the social sciences are our pathway to meeting these challenges and building a thriving society” he said.

“Facing the issues that matter to us – from lowering crime rates, growing the economy, to adaptation to climate change and building political institutions we can trust in – require proper investment in the social sciences. Social scientists provide the data and ideas we need to shape the type of nation we want today and into the future.

Social Sciences Week showcases the diversity of issues being addressed through the social sciences. It includes interactive community and school-based events as well as events at universities and at Parliament House.

For a full list of Social Sciences Week events, visit www.socialsciencesweek.com.au.

MEDIA CONTACT: Dan Woodman, 0402 434 167

Social Sciences Week is an initiative of several partner organisations: Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities; The Australian Sociological Association; Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology; Australian Political Studies Association; Australian Anthropological Society; University of Melbourne, Monash University, University of Sydney and Charles Sturt University. Supported by Sage Publishing and the Taylor and Francis Group.

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