Eye of the Storm panel discussion

Be part of a discussion on the origins of ANU and its unique place in the Australian education landscape.

The story of Australia's only national university is the story of one of the boldest experiments in Australian research and higher education. Established seventy-five years ago on 1 August 1946 by an Act of the Federal Parliament, the Australian National University was designed as an intellectual powerhouse to rebuild the nation after years of war.

To commemorate this milestone, a panel of historians will discuss the origins of ANU and its unique place in the Australian education landscape. Panellist will also discuss Dr Daniel Oakman's newly released working paper, 'Eye of the Storm: ANU in the twenty-first century', in which he offers a candid and critical account of the University since the 1990s, a time of tumultuous change both at ANU and across the higher education sector.

Your questions and contribution at this public forum is strongly encouraged. Dr Oakman's paper is available for download here: https://anu75.anu.edu.au/about

This event is a unique opportunity for members of the ANU community to come together and reflect on the legacy of a remarkable institution and consider its future.


  • Professor Nick Brown, College of Arts and Social Sciences (Host)
  • Dr Fiona Beck, ANU Grand Challenge: Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific
  • Professor Kylie Catchpole, College of Engineering & Computer Science
  • Dr Hannah Forsyth, National School of Arts, ACU
  • Professor Karima Laachir, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Dr Daniel Oakman, College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Professor Kate Reynolds, College of Health and Medicine
  • Professor Budy Resosudarmo, Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Aunty Anne Martin, Director of Tjabal Centre
  • Professor Alison Booth, Research School of Economics


Registration is required for this event.

Accessible parking spaces  are available around campus should you require them.

This is an in-person, indoor event and ANU requires masks to be worn.

To help keep everyone safe, please ensure that you are familiar with, and follow, the advice from  ACT Health regarding COVID-19.