21st March 2013
MICHAEL VAN LEEUWEN is currently working as a philanthropic consultant with Asialink at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this Michael was the Executive Director of the State Library of Victoria Foundation, a position he held from 2008-12. His role was to advocate and fundraise on behalf of the State Library. He also managed the Foundation’s individual and Corporate Membership Programs.
Michael has also had extensive international experience. He worked on development projects with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) in Papua New Guinea, and BHP Billiton in India, where he established the BHP Billiton India Development Foundation. A qualified Museum Curator, Michael returned to Melbourne in 2004, and has always been struck by the ongoing importance of civic institutions such as Clubs to the City.
Michael will talk about the Club Culture of Melbourne. One of the most striking aspects of civic culture in Melbourne is its highly developed networks of Clubs. Some were established as bastions of the establishment, others self-consciously supported Bohemian ideals. One of the most notable things about them is their resilience and importance to the life of Melbourne, far more than in other major cities such as Sydney.
Michael will investigate why some Clubs have survived and thrived (and many others not), and how this can be of instruction to the ongoing success of the Melbourne Forum. The opportunities presented by Melbourne as a rapidly developing multicultural society will also be investigated.
37 Little Collins Street
21st March 2013, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Ticket Price includes GST
Bookings Close: 21st March 2013