Fury as ANU dumps study of Western civilisation

Fury as ANU dumps study of Western civilisation, by Rebecca Urban.

Proponents of a Western civilisation degree planned for the Australian National University have been left blindsided by the institution’s decision to withdraw from negotiations, and Ramsay Centre chairman and former prime minister John Howard says talks were on track and amicable until threats of a revolt last month.

In a strongly worded letter to ANU vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt yesterday, Mr Howard said the decision was “quite at odds with the tenor of our discussion just two days ago”. …

The backdown follows intervention by the National Tertiary Education Union and the Australian National University Student Association, which had claimed the program would push a “racist” and “radically conservative agenda”. …

The proposed bachelor of Western civilisation, due to commence next year, was understood to be the first course of its kind in Australia and was the brainchild of late healthcare mogul Paul Ramsay, who bequeathed part of his $3.3 billion fortune to revive the neglected study of the liberal arts.

Brian Schmidt is PC, of course (I was once at a dinner party with him).


A new university is needed. It was always delusional to think Western unis would go along with something that honors their own culture.

hat-tip Stephen Neil