Universities are often the places where academics are judged and those that make their mark are generally respected and celebrated.
It is this that the Victorian Institute of Technology is now trying to change with a video series that explores the way Australians think.
The video series, The Truth About Us, is the brainchild of University of Melbourne professor, Dr Helen McDonagh.
It is part of a larger project which aims to create a new generation of educators, students, and teachers in a world that is increasingly accepting of diversity and difference.
The series is being produced in partnership with the University of Sydney, with the aim of making Australians aware of their own minds and thinking.
Professor McDonag is a lecturer at the Institute of Psychology at the University.
“I am really fascinated by the way we think.
The fact that people believe in what they believe in, but are so resistant to the idea that their own thoughts can change,” she said.
To the outside world, Australia has a very different way of thinking to that of the rest of the world.
But to academics and other people with a different way and perspective, Australia is a place where it is considered to be socially acceptable to hold different opinions, or be open to different ideas.
Professor McDogh says this is why Australians are so often reluctant to discuss topics like the origins of the ABC.
“We do not talk about why we are so different to our peers, why we do things differently, why some people are so smart and some people can’t do maths, how do we cope with the climate change crisis, why do some people get it and some don’t,” she says.
We are also less likely to accept people who are different, and we tend not to accept different perspectives in a way that we would in a more accepting culture.””
When we have a culture where we think that we are too different to be accepted, we tend to be less open to other perspectives and we are more reluctant to acknowledge that we can be different.
We are also less likely to accept people who are different, and we tend not to accept different perspectives in a way that we would in a more accepting culture.”
The Truth About Me features interviews with some of Australia’s most well-known and well-respected researchers, academics and experts on various aspects of society, from health, education and religion to science and the arts.
They are not all academics, but many are academics themselves, including one of Australias most famous social critics, Sir Malcolm Rifkind.
Sir Malcolm Riffard has written many books and articles on the history of Australia and its relationship to the rest, and the most recent is called Why I Left.
In it, he writes about his decision to leave Australia in 1973 and go to New Zealand.
I have been in the US for 25 years.
It was the first country I had ever left.
He explains that Australia was very different to the other countries he had been to.
Why I left, in part, was that I felt that the Australian system of government, which was very, very unfair to me and to most Australians, was not in any way fair to people in the other nations I had been in, he says.
“In some ways, I felt like I had done something wrong and that I had let my country down, I had broken the law and I had destroyed the country.”
I was in the position of being an outsider, of not having a home, of being homeless.
I didn’t have the skills to be a citizen.
So the fact that the government was so, so keen to deport me and send me to New Guinea was not fair to me.
“Professor McDevitt says it was a difficult decision for many Australians, but she believes the Australian public has come to accept this view.
Her video series is a response to that, but also a call for others to take a stand.