Federation’s Man of Letters was commissioned to introduce the institute’s namesake to a new generation, and to provide a sense of the contemporary relevance of his life and work a century after he left parliament in 1919 as the last member of the Federation generation.
In this volume, essayists Peter Boyce, the Hon. John Fahey AC, Chancellor of ACU, Patrick Mullins, Professor Suzanne D. Rutland and Professor Anne Twomey respond to Anne Henderson’s Gerald Glynn O’Collins Oration – Federation’s Man of Letters: Patrick McMahon Glynn. The collection offers a number of perspectives on Henderson’s claim that Glynn’s life, inspiration, intellectual heroes, and ideas remain powerful in debates that continue to rage about Australia’s future and identity exactly a century after Glynn left public life. Fr Gerald O’Collins SJ, the grandson of Patrick McMahon Glynn, and his biographer, contributed the foreword.
Federation’s Man of Letters was published in 2019 by Kapunda Press. The book was launched at the Sydney Institute by Professor Greg Craven on 6 June 2019, and at Parliament House in Canberra by the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP on 16 October 2019. The Gerald Glynn O’Collins Oration was delivered by Anne Henderson in Melbourne on 13 June 2019.
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