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Essential Reading!

In 'Hiding behind the screen' philosopher Roger Scruton examines the effects of modern technology on ourselves and the way we relate to others.

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A Mind Stretched By An Idea Will Never Be The Same Again...

Academy Conferences runs the largest series of national conferences in Australasia and the UK, providing an inspirational and thought-provoking atmosphere for academically gifted pupils.

Thinkers Guide to Big Ideas

Planning for the most able students is far from easy; without adequate provision such students can underperform and become disenchanted with the education system altogether, but tailoring lessons for them risks 'losing' the rest of the class. Academy Conferences provides intensive one day programs of short lectures which will identify and challenge students' preconceived ideas and encourage and empower them in the process of thinking independently and creatively about the world around them. These study days are designed to complement and enrich school gifted programs as well as extending and deepening gifted students' understanding of traditional school subject matter.

Inspiring Transformational Curriculums

Academy Conferences has an established track record for enthusing and motivating the most able students, and offers a rare opportunity for students to be introduced to and engage with new ideas presented by internationally renowned lecturers. These study days are demanding, and students who attend will be introduced to mind stretching thoughts that they have never before encountered. However, whilst rigorous, the topics covered are relevant and encourage clarity of thought, a philosophical perspective and the ability to become intellectually creative.

Albert Einstein claimed that 'common sense' is nothing more than the accumulation of prejudices we have acquired by the age of eighteen. A study day with Academy Conferences will launch gifted students into an environment that celebrates excellence, amongst other like-minded learners, and inspire them to question these prejudices, think systematically about modern day issues and improve their overall thinking skills.

Interview with ABC Brisbane

What does the creeping influence of the porn industry in our culture say about the state of our civilisation? What values are we implicitly supporting under the banner of tolerance? Julie Arliss discusses these ideas as well as the release of the 50 Shades of Grey film in Australia on ABC Radio Brisbane.

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Have a look at this link to see the photos and the Concordia Connect article from Adelaide:

Chidiuso Ajaero, also known as Zanti, is the young lady standing next to Julie; she wrote the following about her experience.

"I greatly enjoyed the Big Ideas Conference because it gave me the opportunity to engage with deep issues in a university-style environment. I loved Julie Arliss’ balanced presentation on the life-after-death debate. I think that schoolchildren, and especially gifted schoolchildren, are hardly given the opportunity to investigate deep questions about knowledge with likeminded peers on such a large scale and so, I am thankful to the organisers of the conference for giving us this opportunity. As always, the Big Debate at the end of the conference was the highlight of the day and allowed us to share, and learn from, each other’s perspectives. I greatly recommend this to any student who wants to be extended beyond their specific subjects."

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