Humanities Research Centre: A History of the First 30 Years by Glen St. J Barclay, Caroline Turner

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US President Richard M. Nixon had effectively unleashed the world-transforming phenomenon of globalisation on 25 August 1971, when, in the words of former Vice-President of the Council on Foreign Relations Ethan Kapstein, he announced that the United States dollar could not be converted to gold, thereby ending the era of fixed exchange rates and ushering in a system of floating rates . . Floating exchange rates encouraged intense speculation on currencies . . er a pre-emptive strike in May 1967, and retained in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.

10 Report of the Commission on the Humanities, New York, 1964, p. 7. U. . A. and Canada’, May 1969. 12 See, inter alia, Seymour M. Barclay, Friends in High Places: Australian–American diplomatic relations since 1945, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1985; Gareth Evans and Bruce Grant, Australia’s Foreign Relations in the World of the 1900s, Carlton, Melbourne University Press, 348. , The Hot Seat: reflections on diplomacy from Stalin’s death to the Bali bombings, Sydney, HarperCollins, 2003.

20 Humanities Research Centre seeking applications for the headship of the Centre . D. C. Fry; Professor of Philosophy in the School of General Studies Peter Herbst; Professor of Germanic Languages Hans Kuhn; Professor of Philosophy in the Institute of Advances Studies John Passmore; Director of RSPAS Oskar Spate; Power Professor of Contemporary Art and Director of the Power Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Sydney Bernard Smith; Professor of Economic History in the Faculty of Economics Graham Tucker; Professor of Far Eastern History Wang Gungwu; and by invitation Acting Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Physics Noel Dunbar.

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