Academic Freedom: Challenges for the Contemporary University

Academic Board is developing a statement to reaffirm the principles of academic freedom for the university.

The academic community of the ANU are invited to a Town Hall event to explore and discuss ideas around what academic freedom means to you, as an individual, as an academic and to the university as a whole. 


Before joining Swinburne in 2013, Professor John Fitzgerald served five years as Representative of The Ford Foundation in Beijing where he directed the Foundation's China operations. Before that, he was Head of the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University and before that again directed the International Centre of Excellence in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Australian National University. In Canberra he served as Chair of the Education Committee of the Australia-China Council of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as chair of the Committee for National and International Cooperation of the Australian Research Council, and as International Secretary of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is currently the President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His research focuses on territorial government and civil society in China and on Australia's Asian diasporas. His publications have won international recognition, including the Joseph Levenson Prize of the US Association for Asian Studies and the Ernest Scott Prize of the Australian Historical Association.