‘Too busy to have time for us’

Reflections on Australian Studies at Harvard
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April 2022, no. 441

‘Too busy to have time for us’

Reflections on Australian Studies at Harvard
by
April 2022, no. 441
Colourful chairs in the sun in Harvard Yard, the old heart of Harvard University (photograph by Jannis Werner/Alamy)
Colourful chairs in the sun in Harvard Yard, the old heart of Harvard University (photograph by Jannis Werner/Alamy)

In 1976, the Australian government signed an agreement with one of the leading universities in the world, Harvard, to fund a visiting professorial position in Australian Studies. Originally conceived by the government of Gough Whitlam, the gift of US$1 million was a token of Australian goodwill to the United States on the bicentennial celebration of the American Revolution. Its purpose was to promote increased awareness and understanding of Australia by supporting teaching, research, and publication.

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