Evolving Minds: Integrating Philosophy, Science and the Arts
WELCOME RECEPTION: Monday 17th Sept, 4.30pm – 6.30pm
The Welcome Reception will be held in the beautiful Colonnade of CDU’s Chancellery building (Orange 12). The Chancellery at Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus received two major awards at the 2010 NT Architecture Awards, the Reverend John Flynn award for Public Architecture, and the Tracy Memorial award that recognises the “top building” in the Territory. The significance of art and culture at CDU is reflected in this building through transparency and connection to its natural setting.
In keeping with this spirit, the catered Welcome Reception will feature the CDU Art Gallery (http://www.cdu.edu.au/artcollection-gallery), which will be hosting the Salon des Refusés exhibition. This is an excellent exhibition that celebrates contemporary Indigenous art, and is a companion Show to the National Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). Conference participants will be treated to a private showing and an exhibition floor-talk by the Curator/s of the Show.
For those who wish to take some exercise after the reception, there will be the opportunity for a twilight visit to the beach and Dripstone Cliffs. This will require a very short walk from CDU (about 10 minutes if you are walking slowly), along a pleasant country path.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY PROF DANIEL DENNETT
Monday 17th Sept – 10.15am Blue 1.1.01
PLENARY TALKS BY OUR IMPRESSIVE RANGE OF INVITED SPEAKERS
The plenary talks by our invited speakers will also be held in the Mal Nairn Theatre. Invited speakers include:
- Prof Steven Bird (Charles Darwin University)
- Prof Deborah Brown (University of Queensland)
- Prof Daniel Hutto (University of Wollongong)
- Mr Ganesh Koramannil (Charles Darwin University)
- Prof Jennifer McMahon (University of Adelaide)
- Assoc Prof Richard Menary (Macquarie University)
- Prof Stephen Mumford (Durham University)
- Dr Anne Schwenkenbecher (Murdoch University)
- Prof Kim Sterelny (Australian National University)
- Prof John Sutton (Macquarie University)
- Dr Jennifer Windt (Monash University)
CATERED AFTERNOON TEA AND EXPOSÉ OF ARTWORK CREATED BY CDU’s CREATIVE ARTS STUDENTS:
The venue for this event will be CDU’s Nan Giese Gallery space and outdoor shaded, palm-filled courtyard. This special afternoon tea and art exhibition will be accompanied with live music from CDU’s talented music students.
PANEL SESSION WITH DANIEL DENNETT: Monday, 17th September, 7.30 – 9.00pm
The session will be a discussion of Daniel’s latest book, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds (Norton, 2017).
Panel members: Prof Daniel Dennett, Assoc Prof Deborah Brown, Prof Brian Key, Dr Sophie Creighton, Assoc Prof Richard Menary, Prof Stephen Mumford, Prof Kim Sterelny; Prof Daniel Hutto.
CONFERENCE DINNER: Wednesday, 19th Sept, 6pm onwards
The dinner will be a seaside, sunset event, with a variety Canapes, food and drinks on tap as we watch the sun sink into the sea and then continue under the sails and into the night. Held at Darwin’s Trailer Boat Club (https://dtbc.com.au/). Their slogan – ‘Waterfront dining has never felt so good’.
OPTIONAL POST-CONFERENCE TRIPS TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY WILD
To make the most of your time in Darwin’s rich and diverse ecology, opportunities will be provided for participants to partake in various post-conference events, including a trip to Kakadu National Park and surrounds, and the beautiful Litchfield National Park.