Kate Murphy reviews 'Shifting the Boundaries: The University of Melbourne 1975–2015' by Carolyn Rasmussen

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

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.

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Published in December 2018, no. 407
Kate Murphy

Kate Murphy

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.