Religion and Australian Universities: A Tale of Horror and Hope 6:00pm - 7:30pm THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY

Australian universities have had a curious relationship with religion. Australia’s first university excluded clerical teachers of religion, for religious reasons, but soon this had the unintended consequence of marginalising religious scholarship. Recent changes in the churches and wider society have forced a rethinking of the role of religion in our universities, but policy makers and university leaders have been slow to respond. The resulting impact on our capacity to deal with religious issues threatens the health of a free society.