12-14 July 2018

This conference is a critical reflection on the legacy of 1968 as a watershed in twentieth century thought and culture.

"There has seldom been a time in which men were more dissatisfied with life and more conscious of the need for deliverance. If they turn away from Christianity it is because they feel that Christianity is a servant of the established order and that it has no real power or will to change the world and to rescue man from his present difficulties."

Christopher Dawson


Fr Wojciech Giertych, O.P

Theologian of the Pontifical Household

Prof. Tracey Rowland

John Paul II Chair of Catholic Theology (UNDA)

Bishop Richard Umbers

Auxiliary bishop of Sydney


Prof. John Kinder OSI FAHA 

Professor of Italian at the University of Western Australia


Scott Stephens 

Online Editor of Religion and Ethics for the ABC.


Prof. Matthew Ogilvie

Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame Australia


Public Lecture

Thursday, 12th July 6pm
Opening the Conference will be a public lecture by Fr Wojciech Giertych, O.P, Theologian of the Pontifical Household  entitled 'The Importance of a Comma in Humanae Vitae'


Taking advantage of the fiftieth anniversary since 1968, this conference will spotlight that year as representative of the countercultural movements of the 1960s as a whole and the various responses that they generated.

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About the conference

This conference will examine how the priorities and concerns popularly expressed in the 1960s continue to shape the assumptions that underpin contemporary culture. The movements of the 1960s should not be commended or condemned unthinkingly.