Book launch: A History of Education at the University of Melbourne

Last night Dr Juliet Flesch’s book Committed to Learning was launched at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Professor Emeritus Peter McPhee AM, Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education officially launched  the book, “Juliet Flesch tells us an extraordinary story in this lovely book. It’s the story of how, across 110 years, education at Melbourne has grown from a one-man operation under John Smyth to be a flourishing graduate school of education today, consistently ranked among the top five in the world,” he said.

“This is a book which bears the hallmarks of Juliet’s scholarship: formidable knowledge, a capacity to ask a fresh question, and a sharp, distinctive prose style. She is always on the look-out for the quirky or dangerous moment,” he said.

Committed to Learning brings to life those whose vision and hard work since its early beginning have brought such success to this faculty.

About the author

Juliet Flesch spent over 30 years as a librarian, first at the National Library of Australia and then for almost two decades as the foundation Principal Librarian (Collections) in the University of Melbourne Library, before turning to historical research, working mainly as a research assistant in European history. Her 2002 PhD, which examined Australian popular romance novels of the 20th century, was published in 2004 as From Australia with Love. Her subsequent books include Minding the Shop, published in 2005, a history of the University of Melbourne's Department of Property and Buildings. She has published widely in journals of librarianship and history.

Visit the Melbourne University Publishing website to buy a copy of Committed to Learning. The book is currently available at the special price of $35 by quoting code: 'FLESCH30' at checkout.