Here & Now

Learning what it means to be a human being in a globalized world.

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World-leading historian and expert in diplomacy and nuclear weapons Prof. Joseph Siracusa explores the nature of our current age and moment in the context of our shared past, and asks the question, “What does it mean to be a human being in a globalised world?”



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Prof. Joe Siracusa


Dr. Joseph Siracusa is an Chicago-born historian, professor and author with 40+ years in Australian higher education and over 50 books on history, diplomacy, politics, and nuclear weapons to his name. Joe currently teaches at Curtin University, and he serves as the President Emeritus of the Australia Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. By merit of the wisdom and understanding that Joe has cultivated over his life, we have called him to become the Honorary Professor of The Walled Garden Philosophical Society.



Simon is an Australian poet, musician and philosopher now based in Orange County, California. He is widely known as a populariser of the Stoic school of philosophy, though toward the beginning of 2020, Simon was led to explore his artistic and mystical nature. What ensued is captured most beautifully in the co-founding of The Walled Garden Philosophical Society, and even more so within the works featured in The Sanctuary Grove.

Featured Episodes

The Power of the Human Spirit

Prof. Joe Siracusa shares his thoughts and wisdom on the power of the human spirit throughout the ages....

Pre-Ukrainian Invasion Discussion with Prof. Joseph Siracusa

Prof. Joe Siracusa talks with Simon regarding the coming invasion of Ukraine....

The Afghanistan Crisis and the Future of America

Prof. Joe Siracusa shares his thoughts on the Afghanistan crisis and the future of America....

Australia and the World

Prof. Joe Siracusa explores the current state of Australia and the world: its universities, politics and people....