We crave beauty, as much as we destroy it. Truth? Goodness? These concepts may seem easy to grasp and to define. But even in a self-assuredly beautiful city such as Sydney, when it comes to defining beauty, unlike truth and goodness, beauty may seem to slip through our fingers. However, that should not surprise us. The history of the idea of beauty in the Western world means that we have lost a vision of the beautiful.
This lecture will explore the characteristics of beauty and the possibility that beauty speaks in redemptive ways, spurring us to perceptual care. A vision of the beautiful has never been more important.
Dr Kate Harrison Brennan is the CEO of a 125 year old Christian women's foundation, Anglican Deaconess Ministries.
Kate studied international development at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and spent the last year of her doctoral studies in politics at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton on a visiting fellowship.
She then returned home to Australia from New York, where she had been Director of Global Affairs and Strategic Communications at the Australian Consulate-General, to be Advisor to Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Subsequently, she founded Global & Smart as a digital storytelling platform and agency for 'the story behind the good' - products made responsibly and sustainably.
Her edited volume, Making Global Institutions Work, was published by Routledge in September 2014. She has been a guest lecturer in New York, Melbourne, and Sydney and has tutored law, politics, and international development.
Kate was Young Australian of the Year for NSW in 2006.