No matter how practised we are at history, it always humbles us. No matter how often we visit the past, it always surprises us. The art of time travel is to maintain critical poise and grace in this dizzy space.
Eminent historian and award-winning author Tom Griffiths explores the craft of discipline and imagination that is history in his intriguing and original book, The Art of Time Travel.
Through portraits of fourteen historians, including Inga Clendinnen, Judith Wright, Geoffrey Blainey and Henry Reynolds, he traces how a body of work is formed out of a life-long dialogue between past evidence and present experience.
Join him to discuss the historian’s craft, how our understanding of the past is ever-evolving and what history reveals about us, in conversation with Dr Chris Wallace, research fellow, National Centre of Biography, School of History ANU.
Tickets: $12 (includes a complimentary glass of house wine or soft drink)
Tom Griffiths is an historian whose books and essays have won prizes in history, science, literature, politics and journalism including the Douglas Stewart Prize, the Ernest Scott Prize, the Eureka Science Book Prize and the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History. He is the author of Hunters and Collectors, Forests of Ash and Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica, and The Art of Time Travel: Historians and their Craft. He is the W K Hancock Professor of History at the Australian National University and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014.