Campion College opens Centre for the Study for Western Tradition


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Dr Geoffrey Blainey at the launch of The Centre for the Study of Western Tradition at Campion College.

Campion College in Old Toongabbie has opened The Centre for the Study for Western Tradition, with the aim of encouraging critical and scholarly reflection on the history, literature, languages, philosophy and theology that characterise Western civilisation and culture.

At the launch of the Centre on Friday 26 August, a special address was given by Dr Geoffrey Blainey, one of Australia’s most significant historians.

Dr Blainey’s vast knowledge and historical understanding reinforce his growing reputation as a futurist in both the economic and business milieu and on social and political trends. His 30 published books include The Tyranny of Distance (a history of the effect of isolation on Australia) and A Short History of the World (2000).

Dr Blainey spoke to around 70 guests at the launch about the history of democracy and how in Australia democracy is a powerful tradition. He hopes the new Centre will study democracy inwardly as well as outwardly, its origins and its future.

The Centre’s central research themes are:

  • Christianity in Australia
  • The emergence of the medieval world views through the scholarly examination of primary sources in the original language
  • Liberal education in the 21st century
  • The development of European scientific thought
  • The conceptualisation of democracy and freedom in the West

The Centre intends to host annual conferences and a seminar series on topics related to these themes.

It will also award one research fellowship and a conference fund for scholars in these fields and will publish an online journal from 2012.

For more information about the Centre please call 9896 9300 or go to

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