During the 1960s and 1970s, student radicals protested that their places of learning were getting too close to industry and government. In 1970, Monash University students occupied the university’s Careers and Appointments Office to oppose the use of the university as a recruiting ground for companies profiting from the Vietnam War, and to protest its outreach to industry in the ill-fated Monash University Scientific and Industrial Complex. Universities could not pretend to be dedicated to truth and free enquiry, students argued, while operating hand in glove with capitalism and the ‘military-industrial complex’ that they ought to be critiquing.
Kate Murphy reviews 'Shifting the Boundaries: The University of Melbourne 1975–2015' by Carolyn Rasmussen
Shifting the Boundaries: The University of Melbourne 1975–2015
by Carolyn Rasmussen
Miegunyah Press, $49.99 hb, 411 pp, 9780522872460
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Kate Murphy is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary History at Monash University. Her publications include Fears and Fantasies: Modernity, gender, and the rural-urban divide (Peter Lang, 2010) and University Unlimited: The Monash Story (Allen & Unwin, 2012), co-authored with Professor Graeme Davison. She is currently researching Australian student activism in the 1960s and 1970s.
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