An article published today by Anthony White (Lecturer in Art history at The University of Melbourne and head of the Victorian chapter of AAANZ) in The Age addresses why it makes no sense for La Trobe to cut a department with healthy enrolments, strong postgrads and dedicated, high-achieving staff.

THE recent proposal by La Trobe University to cut its humanities subjects has provoked vigorous criticism in Australia and internationally. Among the proposals to close disciplines (including linguistics, Indonesian, gender and religion studies), the plan to discontinue art history has drawn a particularly sharp response.

The La Trobe University program has produced some of the finest art historians and curators in Australia. Many have gone on to successful careers at museums and universities that include the British Library, the Queensland Art Gallery and the University of Melbourne. Tony Ellwood, a La Trobe art history graduate, was recently appointed director of the National Gallery of Victoria….

To read the full article visit The Age website.