Monday, 30 September 2013

Dale Hess Calendar - 13-09-30 : Films galore; Festival of Ideas; Human Rights; Religion & The Media; Environments; BDS and so much more

Booked out:  Tuesday 1 October, 6 pm - 8.30 pm:  Festival of Ideas: Human Rights, Social Equity and Health: An Australasian Pulse Check.  Speakers: Ian Anderson, Chair; Marcia Langton, Papaarangi Reid, Arnold Zable, Julian Burnside, Joy Murphy Wandin. Venue:  Carillo Gantner Theatre, University of MelbourneWebsite:  Opening Night - Human Rights, Social Equity and Health: An Australasian Pulse Check

Tuesday 1 October, 6.30 pm for 7 pm: Herb Feith Memorial Lecture: Democracy in Indonesia Revisited. Speaker: Prof. Edward AspinallAustralian National University. This lecture will revisit some of the analyses made at that conference in the light of Indonesia's contemporary democratic transformation. How does contemporary Indonesian democracy compare with that of the 1950s? Approaching contemporary Indonesian democracy in this way, it is hoped, will throw new light both on its well-known failings and its surprising achievements. Venue: Building H, Level 1, Rm 116, Monash Caulfield. RSVP for catering purposes by 24 September 2013.

Wednesday 2 October, 9.30 am - 8 pm: Festival of Ideas: Environments. See website for programs and speakers:
Venue:  Carillo Gantner Theatre,University of Melbourne.

Wednesday 2 October, 6 pm shared meal; 7.30 presentationGaza's Ark - Sailing out of the Blockade! Speaker:  James Godfrey. He is a member of the International Steering Committee for Gaza'Ark.  He has just returned from a speaking tour in in England and ScotlandGaza'Ark is building hope by rebuilding a 24-metre fishing boat in Gaza, converting it into a cargo vessel to carry Palestinian products, and thus challenging the illegal and inhuman Israeli blockade. Gaza's Ark affirms our confidence that the Palestinians of Gaza can rebuild their economy through outbound trade that threatens no-one'security. Venue: Friends Meeting House, 631 Orrong Road, Toorak. Enquiries:  Helen Bayes 0422 138 991; See for more information about the project.

Thursday 3 October, 10 am -  8 pm: 
Festival of Ideas: Food & Nutrition. 
See website for programs and speakers: 
Carillo Gantner Theatre,University of Melbourne.

Thursday 3 October, 10.30 am - 12 pm: A community information session about Asylum seekers with Sister Brigid Arthur. One of the major challenges facing the world today is protecting refugees who have been forced to leave their homes by armed conflict and human rights abuses. Good Shepherd Australia and New Zealand invites you to our special event Stand in Solidarity with Asylum Seekers with Sister Brigid Arthur as special speaker. Sr Brigid a Brigidine Sister and Asylum Seeker Advocate will talk about current issues facing asylum seekers in the community. Venue: Good Shepherd Chapel, St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067. Entry by donation:  All proceeds will go to The Brigidine Asylum Seeker project. For more info contact: 9470 9742

Thursday 3 October, 6 pm - 7.30 pm: 
IPCC Climate Change Science Report 2013: 
Insights from Australian Scientists. 
Join world-leading climate scientists as they explore the findings and significance of the latest comprehensive report on the science of climate change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). RMIT Storey Hall, 330 Swanston StreetMelbourne, 3000. Free event. Master of Ceremonies: Rob Gell; Speaker Panel: Dr Scott Power and Dr Julie Arblaster, Bureau of Meteorology; Prof Neville Nicholls, Monash University; Dr Penny Whetton, CSIRO; Dr Malte Meinshausen, University of Melbourne. Register:

Thursday 3 October, 6.30 pm:  We won't be silenced: Pro-Palestine activists speakout - BDS, Lawfare and Free Speech. Special guest speaker: Professor Emeritus Stuart Rees, Director, Sydney Peace Foundation at the University of Sydney. Other guest speakers: Naomi Farmer, Max Brenner 19; Nada Breik, Students for PalestineInspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid, the Palestinian-initiated BDS campaign is conducted in the framework of international solidarity and resistance to injustice and oppression and calls for non-violent punitive measures to be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognise the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with international law. Entry by donation. Venue: Kaleide Theatre, RMIT, Building 8, 360 Swanston StMelbourne City. Website: For more info: Tel: 0439 454 375 or 0481 270 450.

Friday 4 October, 9.30 am 7.30 pm: Festival of Ideas: Families. See website for programs and speakers:  Carillo Gantner Theatre, University ofMelbourne.

Saturday 5 October, 9 am- 11.30 am: OASES October Breakfast Conversation & Open Day: Sustainable eating - is it possible? With special guests Arabella Forge, Marcus Garafillis & Angie Orrego. With fresh food constituting up to half the waste we send to landfill, so called ˜lifestyle" diseases on the rise, and demand for meat and other high impact food sources growing, what are we to do? How can we feed ourselves sustainably on a planet with over 7 billion people? Cost: $25/$15 including delicious buffet breakfast (with vegetarian options). Please RSVP at info at  or 9819 3502. Open Day at 12 noon –4.30 pm. Free entry,with lunch from 12 pm. Join us for stalls, workshops, music, performance, art, library tours & more.

Saturday 5 October, 9.30 am - 10 pm: Festival of Ideas: Brains and Minds. See website for programs speakers:  Carillo Gantner Theatre,University of Melbourne.
Sunday 6 October, 10 am - 4.40 pm: 
Festival of Ideas: Democracy. 
See website for programs and speakers:
Carillo Gantner Theatre, 
University ofMelbourne.

Sunday 6 October, 2.30 pm - 5 pm: Religion in the media. 
This Forum will have panelists: Michael Gawenda (Director, The Centre for Advanced Journalism, University of Melbourne), Barney Zwartz (Religion Editor, The Age), Dr Nasya Bahfen (Journalist & Communications, Lecturer, RMIT), MC: Margaret Coffey(ABC Radio National). Venue: Richmond Town Hall333 Bridge RoadRichmond VIC 3121. (Stairs only access). Costs: $15 per person; $10 students or concession; $30 family. 
Please book and pay: (Preferred) or Pay at Door. Contact: Helen Heath. Tel: 9287 5590; Email:; Website:

Monday 7 October, 1 pm - 2 pm.  Divestment Birthday Celebration for David Gonski. David Gonski, Chair of the Future Fund, is turning 60. The Future Fund is a government investment fund that currently has $227 million invested in nuclear weapons companies. The time has come to celebrate divestment and remind the Future Fund that taxpayers' money should invest in a better future than nuclear war. The Future Fund have previously divested from landmine, cluster munitions and tobacco companies. Investing in the nuclear weapons industry undermines global efforts for peace and disarmament. Our message is simple: it's best to divest. Any use of nuclear weapons would have catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences, as well as violating international law. Venue: 120 Collins StMelbourne. Dress: festively! RSVP:

Tuesday 8 October, 7 pm sharp: Uranium Mining and Radioactive Racism: Screening Atomic Footprints, At Eye Level and Dirt Cheap: 30 Years On. Discussion with Kirsten Blair, Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation. Free event. Venue: Longplay Bar and Cinema, 318 St Georges Road, NorthFitzroy. Full program and more details at the Facebook event here.

Saturday 12 October: March Against MonsantoPlease organise or join the next March Against Monsanto in your town. The movement for GM-free is now grass roots and global! Find the cities already participating at:

Sunday 13 October, 2.30 pm to 6 pm: Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium. Glenn Frost Room, Croydon Library. Rsvp to Jane on 0416279811 or  Check out:

Sunday 13 October - Saturday 19 October: Anti-Poverty Week.  Anti-Poverty Week is a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia or overseas. It was established inAustralia as an expansion of the UN's annual International Anti-Poverty Day on October 17. Please follow the link for fliers and other information:

Sunday 13 October - Sunday 20 October: The Tao of Sustainability: Intensive week-long residential short courseThis one-week residential course is designed to challenge popular misconceptions and develop a deeper understanding of how we can achieve truly sustainable societies. During the week expert facilitators will help you develop your knowledge, thinking & practice around all aspects of sustainability, including transport, energy, waste, food, biodiversity, community, business, economics & their inter-connections. Cost: $1,050 inc. all accommodation, food, day tours & materials. For more info & to register interest, click here.

Thursday 17 October, Registration 8 am for 9:15 am start; close 5 pm: Australia's human rights future. Cutting-edge presentations by human rights experts and practitioners, and discussion on human rights, inequality, and poverty. Practical experience from the human rights field across the non-profit sector. Up-to-date analysis of Australia's progress with its human rights obligations and policy directions. Keynote speakers Jacqueline Phillips (Director Policy & Campaigns, Australian Council of Social Services ACOSS), Les Malezer (Co-Chair, National Congress of Australia's First Peoples), and Professor David Hayward (Dean, School of Global Urban & Social Studies, RMITUniversity). Plus workshops and panels. Venue: Fitzroy Town Hall 201 Napier Street Fitzroy (Melway 2C B9). Cost: $50 full, $10 concession. Register with this FLYER by Friday 11 October, orbook online (places are limited). Contact 03 9895 5935.

Tuesday 22 October, 7 pm sharp: Climate Change vs. Nukes: Screening Climate of Hope andWomen of Fukushima. Discussion with Jim Green, Friends of the Earth. Free event. Venue: Longplay Bar and Cinema, 318 St Georges Road, North Fitzroy. Full program and more details at the Facebook event here.
Saturday & Sunday 19 & 20 October, 16 & 17 November:  Creating Connections & Opening Up CreativityA 4-day short course learning deeply about our inherent creativity. An aesthetic experience can spark an enlightening moment where things become clearer and make more sense. This course will guide participants to create your own bridges towards clarity. For more info & to register, click here. Venue: Oases Graduate School, Community Learning and Research Centre, 2 Minona Street, Hawthorn.

Tuesday 12 November, 7 pm sharp: 17,300 Nuclear Weapons: Screening Maralinga PiecesGenie in a bottle: Unleashed and The War Game. Discussion with Dimity Hawkins, Tim Wright (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) and Gisela Gardener. Free event. Venue: Longplay Bar and Cinema, 318 St Georges Road, North Fitzroy. Full program and more details at the Facebook event here.

Wednesday 13 November, 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm: Human Rights Under Threat in AustraliaSpirit of Eureka (Melbourne) together with Rob Stary & Associates are organising a public forum. Speakers so far include: Ged Kearney, ACTU President; David Manne, Human Rights Lawyer, Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre; Humphrey McQueen, activist historian. Invitations to speak have also been sent to Julian Burnside and Robert Richter. The forum will be chaired by Rob Stary, democratic rights lawyer. The forum has been endorsed by Liberty Victoria, IPAN, and several other community organisations. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Further info:Shirley 0417 456 001.

Tuesday 26 November, 7 pm sharp: Muckaty and Radioactive Waste: Screening Muckaty Voices and Into Eternity. Discussion with Dave Sweeney, Australian Conservation Foundation. Free event. Venue: Longplay Bar and Cinema, 318 St Georges Road, North Fitzroy. Full program and more details at the Facebook event here.

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