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1 November. Politics in the Pub: ‘Climate Change Impact – Government, business and public’. Speakers: Prof. Andy Pitman, Director, ARC Centre for Excellence for Climate Extremes, and Kate Mackenzie, Director Policy and Finance Metrics, Climate-KIC Australia Ltd. Cost: Free. 6.00 for 6.15 pm, Gaelic Club,1/64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills. Enquiries: (02) 9674 9179 and email. Information

2 November. Film screening: After the Apology. After the Apology is a powerful documentary following four Aboriginal grandmothers, each facing their own uphill battle to challenge unfair and racist government policies, and bring their grandkids home. With the grassroots actions of these strong and inspiring women spearheading a nationwide conversation about the skyrocketing rates of child removal, this is a feature not to be missed. Join acclaimed author and director Larissa Behrendt for a post-screening Q&A. Cost: Various. 6.00 to 8.30 pm. UTS Business School, Building 8-Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, 14-28 Ultimo Road, Ultimo. Information and tickets

3 November. Contemplation and Action Seminar. The event, a Meditation seminar hosted by the Australian Christian Meditation Community, will include keynote talks, Christian meditation, panel discussion and Q&A. Speakers will be international social change educator, preacher and activist Jarrod McKenna and writer, speaker and contemplative activist, Donna Mulhearn. They will be joined in discussion by a panel consisting of: CEO of Wayside Chapel, Jon Owen; activist and meditator, Sister Susan Connolly; Aboriginal educator, Ceane Towers and justice campaigner and meditator Jon O’Brien. Cost: $30 to $40. 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney. Enquiries: 0412 949 862. Information and tickets

3 November. Information session: Palms Australia. We know there are so many things to consider before undertaking an assignment abroad. We’re not here to give you the hard sell on working in another community! Discover the good, the bad, and the ugly of an assignment abroad over a casual coffee with some former participants in your own area. Our returned participant Peter is back in Kempsey after working with communities abroad. You can hear their fascinating stories and see what opportunities Palms can offer you in Asia and the Pacific at this chat at Netherby House River Cafe. Whether you are thinking about participating in an assignment or just want to connect with other members of your community, you’ll have a great afternoon. Cost: Free.10.30 to 11.30 am. Netherby House River Cafe, 5 Little Rudder Street, Kempsey. Enquiries :(02) 9560 5333. Information

5 November. Lecture: Improving the health of people with intellectual disability. Imagine waking up every day knowing that your life expectancy is on average more than 25 years less than the rest of the population. And that you are twice as likely to die from a potentially avoidable cause as someone in the general population! That’s the reality for Australians living with an intellectual disability. It does not have to be that way. Australia has committed to ensuring ‘persons with disabilities have the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health’. Yet the research shows very limited progress towards this goalWhat is at the root of this issue? What needs to be done? And whose responsibility is it? Cost: Free. 4.00 to 6.00 pm. UNSW CBD Campus, 1 O’Connell Street, Level 6, Sydney. Information and tickets

5 November. Information session: Palms Australia. Looking for a change of pace? Want to use your skills to create sustainable change in a developing community? Embark on an assignment abroad with Palms Australia. We’re looking for skilled professionals to volunteer their skills in 2019 in developing communities in Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, American Samoa, Kiribati, Myanmar, and Ethiopia. The session will be an opportunity to find out what Palms Australia does, what an assignment abroad involves, and ask questions about current opportunities. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be available. Cost: Free.5.30 to 7.00 pm. Aquinas Academy, 141 Harrington Street, Sydney. Enquiries: (02) 9560 5333. Information

5 November. Book launch: Climate Change and the Media. Over the last 25 years the weight of evidence about the causes and consequences of climate change has become compelling. The solutions are fairly simple and yet they remain elusive – globally we produce significantly more greenhouse gases now than we did in 1990.How do we explain this colossal global failure? The media are pivotal in this equation: they have the power to set the public and the political agenda. Join an international panel of experts for the Sydney launch of Climate Change and the Media, edited by Benedetta Brevini and Justin Lewis. Panellists: Peter Hannam, Sydney Morning Herald; Professor Justin Lewis, University of Cardiff; Dr Alana Mann, Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney; Dr Terry Woronov, Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney and Dr Benedetta Brevini, Department of Media and Communications. Cost: Free.5.00 to 6.30 pm, New Law Foyer, New Law School Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information and registration

6 November. Panel: Rise and Resist. Amanda Tattersall chairs a conversation with Clare Press, author of ‘Rise & Resist: How to Change the World’ (Melbourne University Press) and David Ritter, CEO Greenpeace Australia Pacific and author of The Coal Truth: the fight to stop Adani, defeat the big polluters and reclaim our democracy (UWA Publishing).Join Clare and David as they examine the potential of an observable new activism. Today’s context calls for increasingly creative strategies to make our voices heard. Cost: Free. 6.00 to 7.30 pm. SSB Lecture Theatre 200 Social Sciences Building, Science Road, The University of Sydney, Camperdown. Enquiries: Lindy Baker, (02) 9351 7355 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information and tickets

7 November. Film screening: The Baulkham Hills African Troupe. After fleeing violence in their homelands, Aminata, Rosemary, Yordy and Yarrie find a safe haven in Australia. Originally hailing from Eritrea, Kenya, Guinea and Sierra Leone, these remarkable women hold their painful memories inside until one day deciding to join a theatre group and speak out. The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe charts their collective progress through trauma towards artistic triumph, as their life stories are gradually transformed into an extraordinary live theatre experience. Presented by Human Rights Watch. Cost: $17 Concession, $22 Adult. 6.00 pm start. Golden Age Cinema, Lower Ground, Paramount House, 80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills. Information and tickets

12 November. Forum: Australia and the Global Compact on Migration. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia is co-hosting a public forum with Western Sydney University’s Humanitarian and Development Research Initiative and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) on ‘Australia and the Global Compact on Migration (GCM): Opportunities for a New Agenda’. The forum aims to raise public awareness and understanding of the importance of the GCM. Presenters: Carolina Gottardo, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia; Professor Peter Shergold, Western Sydney University; Mr. Par Liljert, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and; Tamara Domicelj, Act for Peace. Cost: Free. 6.00 to 7.30 pm, Baker McKenzie Sydney Office, Level 46, Tower One - International Towers Sydney, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney. Information and tickets

13 November. Lecture: Australia, the United States and the international order. We are now halfway through Donald Trump’s first term as president of the United States. With a polarised US public and a fraying international order, the president faces his first electoral report card since 2016 in the mid-term elections. The results will influence the trajectory of US politics and foreign policy for the next two, and possibly six, years. Join Lowy Institute Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove for a discussion of the Trump administration, the effect of the midterms on US foreign policy and what this means for Australia and the world order. The event will be chaired by Lowy Institute’s Research Director Alex Oliver. Cost: Various. 12.45 to 1.45 pm. Lowy Institute, Level 3, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney. Enquiries: (02) 8238 9000. Information and tickets

13 November. Evatt Foundation Annual General Meeting (AGM). All members are entitled, invited and encouraged to attend the AGM to review the Evatt Foundation’s activities over the past year and consider Evatt’s focus and direction for the next year. The guest speaker at the meeting will be Dr Jim Stanford, one of Canada’s best-known economics commentators. He will be speaking about the challenges and prospects for the labour movement. Cost: Free (Members only). 5.30 to 6.30 pm. NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney. Information

14 November. AFTINET Annual general meeting (AGM). All AFTINET members and supporters are invited to this annual AGM to discuss what AFTINET has done over the past year and to make plans for next year. AFTINET Convenor Dr Patricia Ranald will report on the lessons learned from the TPP campaign. Attendees will also hear from the Secretary of the South Coast Labour Council, Arthur Rorris, on impact on regional development of free trade deals. Cost: Free. 5.30 pm start. United Services Union Level 7, 321 Pitt St, Sydney 2000 (near corner of Bathurst St, 5 mins from Town Hall station). Information

14 November. Panel: Domestic violence and how to stop it. Panellists: Julie Boon, Superintendent, NSW Police, Acting Commander at Mudgee LAC; Moo Baulch, CEO Domestic Violence NSW. Facilitator: Pallavi Sinha, Adjunct Lecturer at the College of Law and ANU. Free; RSVP by 12 November. 12.00 pm light lunch; panel 12.30 to 1.30 pm. Affinity Intercultural Foundation, Level 5, 51–57 Pitt St Sydney 2000. Information and registration.

15 November. Lecture: Professor Joseph Stiglitz. Nobel Prize-winning Economist and lifelong champion for global economic justice, Professor Joseph Stiglitz, will receive the 2018 Sydney Peace Prize ‘for leading a global conversation about the crisis caused by economic inequality, for exposing the violence inflicted by market fundamentalism, and for championing just solutions to the defining challenge of our time: How can we break the cycle of power and greed to enable all peoples and the planet to flourish?’ Cost: Various. 5.30 to 8.00 pm, Sydney Town Hall, 483 George St, Sydney. Enquiries: (02) 9351 4468 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information and tickets

15 and 16 November. Performance: Suitcase Stories. Young refugees who have experienced the horror of war, trauma and persecution, perform their own true stories in a symphony of spoken word, music and movement. Young refugees from Iraq and Syria now attending Holroyd High School and Intensive English Centre, will charm and inspire with their humour, honesty and innocence as they perform pivotal moments from their lives. Cost: Various. 15 November: 10.00 am and 12.30 pm; 16 November: 10.00 am, 12.30 pm and 7.00 pm. The Seymour Centre, Cnr City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale. Enquiries:(02) 9351 7940. Information and tickets

23 November. Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law Conference. Foreign policy bears directly on refugee policy. Today both policy agendas are feeling the twin pressures of nationalism and globalisation, and the long-prevailing rules-based order is now contested. What does this mean for people seeking protection, and for the international legal regime that has governed refugee movements since the Second World War, finding solutions for millions of displaced, even as millions more now face an uncertain future in protracted situations? Can international dialogue promote better cooperation and accountability for protecting displaced people? The Kaldor Centre Annual Conference on 23 November 2018 will bring Australian, regional and global thinkers to Sydney to explore the place of ‘refugee diplomacy’ in today’s turbulent world, and the interdependence of foreign and domestic policy agendas that impact refugees, asylum seekers and other forced migrants. Cost: $100 to $160. 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Central Lecture Block 7, UNSW Sydney. Information and tickets

26 to 29 November. 9th International Conference on Human Rights Education. The international conferences on human rights education (ICHRE) are a series of dialogues on human rights education as a means of promoting democracy, the rule of law, justice, and intercultural and social harmony. The 9th ICHRE will cover the range of human rights education issues such as national and international curricula, pedagogy and best practices, including in the context of discrimination faced by the First Nations, women, persons with disabilities and those of refugee and minority cultural and religious backgrounds. Contemporary challenges to human rights education and how to effectively address them will be considered. Cost: Various. Sir Ian & Nancy Turbott Auditorium, Parramatta South Campus, Western Sydney University. Enquiries: Craig Hassell, Conference Manager, (07) 5580 8677. Information and registration

28 November. Panel: China’s military challenge to the US in Asia. How is China trying to unseat the United States as the dominant power in Asia? What tactics are Beijing using and how is the US responding? Join a Lowy Institute panel for a discussion of China’s challenge to America’s military dominance in Asia, a phenomenon which is upending Australia’s long-standing assumptions about its strategic position in the region. The panel will be hosted by Richard McGregor, Lowy Institute’s Senior Fellow for East Asia, with Oriana Skylar Mastro, of Georgetown University and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Brendan Taylor, of the Australian National University, and Professor Benjamin Schreer of Macquarie University. Cost: Various. 12.45 to 1.45 pm. Lowy Institute ,Level 3, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney. Enquiries: (02) 8238 9000. Information and tickets

3 December. Workshop: Human Rights Law in Practice. This workshop is for community workers to understand Human Rights and how Human Rights laws are applied in Australia. You do not need a background in law to participate in this workshop.  It is relevant for community workers and volunteers seeking to support and uphold the Human Rights of people in their communities. Cost: $130. 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), Level 5, 175 Liverpool St, Sydney. Enquiries: (02) 8898 6506. Information and registration

4 December. Lecture: White Fragility. ‘White Fragility’ is a state in which white people find even a minimal challenge to their position intolerable. This intolerance triggers a range of defensive moves, including argumentation, invalidation, silence, withdrawal and claims of being attacked and misunderstood. These moves function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and maintain white control. Dr Robin DiAngelo is a world-renowned anti-racism educator from the University of Washington School of Education. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. Cost: Free, registration essential. 6.00 to 7.30 pm, F23 Administration Building Auditorium, corner City Road and Fisher Road, University of Sydney, Camperdown. Enquiries: Sydney Ideas, (02) 9351 2943. Information and tickets

10 December. Lecture: Human Rights: What lies ahead for the next 70 years? December 10 this year marks the 70-year anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The past seven decades has seen the development of human rights treaties, international agencies, and a myriad of human rights NGOs seeking to address a range of injustices and violations. But there is still a long way to go. While the world in 2018 looks very different to the way it did in 1948, human rights abuses are still rife – both the old ones that persist and new ones that are surfacing or gaining recognition. This expert panel will showcase some of the most innovative and original human rights work being done in Australia today. Panelists: Larissa Baldwin, Getup; Dulce Muñoz,Mums4Refugees Sydney; Nas Campanella, journalist and newsreader with the ABC and; Dinesh Wadiwel, Senior Lecturer in human rights and socio-legal studies, University of Sydney. Cost: Free, registrations required. 6.00 to 7.30 pm. Law School Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney. Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information and tickets





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