Wednesday 12 October, 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm: War without End: a Lament 10 years inAfghanistan: a critical reflection.
Speakers: Professor Amin Saikal, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at ANU; Jessica Morrison who spent two weeks in Afghanistan meeting with humanitarian and peace building organisations in early 2011. She teaches Social Work at Victoria University. St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. Supported by Act for Peace, Anglicord, Anglican Social Responsibilities Committee, Baptist Church, Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies, Islamic Council of Victoria, Mark the Evangelist Church (North Melbourne), Social Policy Connections, Quaker Peace and Social Justice Network, TEAR, Yarra Institute. An offering will be received to assist with costs.
Thursday 13 October, 6.30 pm: Working For Peace: A PBI Information Night.
An Information evening for people interesting in finding out more about the work of Peace Brigades International (PBI) in Nepal, Mexico, Colombia or Guatemala.The evening is a detailed introduction to PBI's unique role in protecting human rights with videos, presentations and discussions about PBI's work facilitating peace-building initiatives and providing protective accompaniment for human rights defenders, organisations and communities threatened by political violence. An opportunity to find out about peace work overseas, what its like to volunteer on a PBI project or get involved in this critically important human rights organisation here in Australia. Travellers Bookstore, 294 Smith Street, Collingwood.
Saturday 15 October, 2.30 pm: Futility of War.
‘The war’, wrote one of its fiercest opponents and 19th century diarist Charles Gerville, ‘was founded in delusion and error.’ Chief political correspondent for SBS, Karen Middleton, An Unwinnable War, philospher-historian Ian Bickerton, An Illusion of Victory, academics Fay Anderson and Richard Trembath, Witnesses to War, present their views and research on the mythmaking, propaganda and the tensions between political and military decision . Chair: Carole Wigg, Medical Association for Prevention of War. Daily Pass: $30.00; Each Session: $7, unless otherwise stated students: $5.00 per session. Lunch $15.
Prepaid, early bookings are essential: ELTHAMbookshop@bigpond.com, 9439 8700. Venue:The Barn, Montsalvat, Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham Melways Ref: 22 A8
Saturday 15 October, 5.15 pm: Poetry for Humanity.
This perennial and highly popular session at all World Matters presented by Adelaide based Friendly Street Poets Elaine Barker, Ros Schulzand Serbian born Jelena Dinic. These empathetic poets couple their concerns for humanity with great poetic skill and strong personal voices in their profoundly moving, sometimes dark, writing that quietly and at a deep level open up their subjects for reflection and contemplation. Participating chair: Elaine Barker.
Daily Pass: $30.00; Each Session: $7, unless otherwise stated students:$5.00 per session. Lunch $15.
Prepaid, early bookings are essential: ELTHAMbookshop@bigpond.com,9439 8700. Venue:The Barn, Montsalvat, Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham Melways Ref: 22 A8
Sunday 16 October, 10.30 am: The Voice of Reason. Professor Ian Lowe
The Big Fix, Living in the Hothouse, pre-eminent scientist, environmentalist, cultural commentator and president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, thinks we have a chance, but we have to act now. Ian’s new book is an environmental and community call to arms – through logic rather than fear-mongering. Chair: Morag Fraser.
Supported by the Vic Climate Action Calendar. Daily Pass: $30.00; Each Session: $7, unless otherwise stated students: $5.00 per session. Lunch $15. Prepaid, early bookings are essential: ELTHAMbookshop@bigpond.com, 9439 8700. Venue:The Barn, Montsalvat, Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham Melways Ref: 22 A8
Sunday 16 October, 11.45 am: Missing Peace-Spotlight on Sri Lanka.
“We all have to take positions when the temple bells ring.” A child soldier with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam,Niromi De Soyza, Tamil Tigress, activist Jeremy Liyanage and photographer Michael Baranovicshare their insights and the compelling need for freedom amidst oppression. Chair: David Feith , Teacher,Globalisation, Monash University.
Daily Pass: $30.00; Each Session: $7, unless otherwise stated students: $5.00 per session. Lunch $15. Prepaid, early bookings are essential:ELTHAMbookshop@bigpond.com, 9439 8700. Venue:The Barn, Montsalvat, Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham Melways Ref: 22 A8
Tuesday 18 October, 6 pm – 7.15 pm: From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Paths to a Nuclear-Free Future.
Tens of thousands of Japanese citizens recently took to the streets to demand a nuclear-free future. Since the March 11 crisis at Fukushima began, ICAN has worked to provide the public with accurate information about the health effects of radiation. We have also drawn attention to the inextricable link between nuclear power and nuclear weapons. This month, we invite you to a forum in Melbourne with Steven Leeper, the chair of the A-Bomb Museum and Peace Park in Hiroshima.
Green Building, 60 Leicester St, Carlton. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9347 4795
Tuesday 18 October, 6 pm – 9.30 pm: An evening of Brotherhood with Emmanuel Jal.
On Tuesday 18 October supporters of the Brotherhood will have the exclusive opportunity to meet international hip-hop artist and human rights activist, Emmanuel Jal at a screening of the Emmy-nominated film War Child. Emmanuel will be talking with his childhood friend, David Vincent, about their shared experiences as children in an Ethiopian refugee camp. These experiences are depicted in the film, War Child, which tells Emmanuel Jal’s story.
Venue: The Collingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford 3067, Melway ref 2C, J10. Contact: Brotherhood of St Laurence: Email:email@example.com; Phone: 9483 1301
Wednesday 19 October, 6 pm – 7 pm: You say you want a revolution: Emmanuel Jal speaks.
Sudanese rapper and writer Emmanuel Jal is a child of war. The internationally acclaimed hip-hop star is celebrated for his electrifying concerts and albums, songs written about his homeland and his history amongst the violence and horror of civil war. Alongside his musical appearance for the Festival, for one night only he discusses peace and reconciliation, his experiences as a child soldier and survivor, and his memoir War Child.
Fairfax Studio, the Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Rd Melbourne. $20 and $12 concession. Booking fee applies. Website: http://wheelercentre.com/calendar/event/emmanuel-jal-speaks/
Friday 21 October, 5:30 pm -7:30 pm; Saturday 22nd October 2011, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm: National Justice Symposium. Keynote speaker: Frank Vincent QC.
Frank Vincent will be addressing the question: What does a humane and effective justice system look like? Key leaders across the justice system will address: crime prevention; sentencing and restorative justice; prisons; transitional and post release support. Friday evening entry by donation
TO BOOK:www.trybooking.com/UNP; Saturday $75 or $50 concession - TO BOOK: www.trybooking.com/UYZ.Registration closes on 14 October. Limited seating capacity - bookings essential. Enquiries - Tel: (03) 9427 7388 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For information -www.jss.org.au/nationaljusticesymposium.
The Symposium is jointly sponsored by Jesuit Social Services and the Public Policy Institute, Australian Catholic University.
Saturday 22 October, 8 pm: Notes from the Hard Road and Beyond: A Musical Collaboration from Revolution to Redemption.
Mavis Staples, Joss Stone, Rickie Lee Jones, Paul Dempsey, Emmanuel Jal, The Black Arm Band, John Schumann. notes from the hard road and beyondchronicles an inspiring canon of songs from civil rights, anti-war and women's suffrage to environmentalism, feminism and the abolition movement in a glorious and daring celebration of the music of protest, rebellion, love and hope. Weaving together music by Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Leonard Cohen, Pete Seeger and Green Day, to name just a few, notes from the hard road and beyond is a unique and joyous testament to the indomitable nature of the human spirit, expressed through music.
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, King's Domain, Cnr Linlithgow and Alexandra Avenues, Melbourne 3004. Website:http://www.melbournefestival.com.au/program/production?id=3869&activityid=34899
Thursday 27 October, 6 pm – 7.30 pm: Ethics in Philanthropy Debate.
Does philanthropy reinforce the distinction between the haves and have nots? Come and hear what some of our leading philanthropic and public policy thinkers and commentators have to say. Speakers: Prof. Dennis Altman, Rod Quantock, Emeritus Prof. Dorothy Scott, Stephanie Alexander and Cath Smith. Co-hosted by Melbourne Writers Festival, Australian Communities Foundation, ABC Radio National and Federation Square.
BMW Edge, Federation Square. Free, bookings essential. Book now
Friday 28 October, 2 pm – 5 pm: Free public forum on religion and ecology to launch the Forum on Religion and Ecology @ Monash.
Panelists: Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black (founding President of Greenfaith Australia), Assoc. Prof. John Bradley (MonashIndigenous Centre), Dr. Padmasiri Da Silva (Monash Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology),Prof. Norm Habel (Theology, Flinders University), Elyse Rider (Monash Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies), Dr. Salih Yucel (Monash Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology).
Monash University Caulfield H Building Room 1.16. RSVP (for catering purposes):