The ‘State of the nation starts in your street” will be the discussion topic at the next Royal Society Southern Highlands branch lecture on October 18.
Social researcher and author of 19 books Dr Hugh Mackay AO will be the guest speaker at the lecture to be held at the Mittagong RSL Club from 6pm.
Dr Mackay has enjoyed a 60-year career in social research and was also a weekly newspaper columnist for 25 years.
Among his bestselling books are The Good Life, The Art of Belonging and his latest Australia Reimagined.
He is currently a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centreand an honorary professor of social science in the UNiversity of Wollongong.
He has been deputy chairman of the Australian Council for Arts, chairman and trustee of Sydney Grammar School and the inagural chairman of the ACT government’s Community Inclusion Board.
Dr Mackay believes that when it comes to our future, “misplaced optimism is as dangerous as blind faith”.
“What is needed is the courage to face the way things are, and the wisdom and imagination to work out how to make things better,” he said.
All are welcome to attend the lecture and hear more from Dr Mackay.
Lecture cost for non-members is $10, members $5 and students and teachers can attend for free. The presentation will be followed by dinner with the lecturer.
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