The Royal Society of NSW & SMSA present The Enlightenment Series

Have you ever wondered how Western Society as we know it come about? In a large part, the answer can be found in learning about the Enlightenment.

The Enlightenment was a movement which saw great change in European politics, philosophy, science and communications. Starting in the mid-17th century, the Enlightenment is founded on reasoned discourse and scientific inquiry, and by extension, connects with the idea of human equality and thus the rights of the individual. The movement produced numerous books, essays, inventions, scientific discoveries and law, and its ideals were a direct inspiration for the French and American revolutions.

The Royal Society of NSW and the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts (SMSA) are proud to present a collaborative lecture program, The Enlightenment Series. Launching in September 2017, this series of four lectures will conclude with an interactive sophistry in which the Royal Society and SMSA endeavour to answer the question — is the enlightenment dead?


All sessions will be held:

Mitchell Theatre
Sydney Mechanics School of Arts
280 Pitt St, Sydney


6.00pm refreshments, for 6.30-7.30pm


$15 – SMSA and Royal Society members
$20 – Non-members

Bookings are essential -— all are welcome!

Light refreshments will be served before each lecture.

call (02) 9262 7300
for booking inquiries