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7 November. Lecture: A Journey with Urban Refugees in Bangkok. Members and friends of Catholic Social Services Victoria are warmly invited to a lunchtime conversation with Fr Michael Kelly sj. This is an opportunity to explore an international perspective on issues facing people seeking asylum.Fr Michael Kelly sj, an Australian journalist and publisher, lives in Bangkok, Thailand, where his life intersects with many people seeking asylum. Cost: Free. 12.30 to 2.00 pm, Albert Room, Cardinal Knox Centre, 393 Albert St, East Melbourne. Enquiries: (02) 9287 5570. Information

8 November. Launch: Hope Shines. The Brotherhood of St Laurence is delighted to invite you to the launch of Hope Shines, a new collection of short stories from The Hope Prize. Join us for an insightful conversation about the meaning of ‘hope’ featuring Brotherhood of St Laurence Executive Director Conny Lenneberg with The Age columnist and Daily Life editor, Wendy Tuohy. Cost: Free. 6.00 to 7.30 pm, Readings Hawthorn, 701 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn. Information and tickets

11 November. Lecture. A World at Peace with Itself – Elusive dream or achievable goal? A public event to remember the past and reimagine the future. Presenters: Dr Anne Elvey Member, University of Divinity; Prof Allan Patience, University of Melbourne; Emeritus Prof Marilyn Lake, University of Melbourne and Mr Mohamed Mohideen, President, Islamic Council of Victoria. Cost: $5 – $10. 2.00 to 5.15 pm, Islamic Council of Victoria, 372 Spencer St, West Melbourne. Information and tickets

12 November. Victorian Council of Social Services Annual General Meeting. Join the Victorian Council of Social Services for its annual general meeting. Cost: Free.10.00 am to 12.00 pm, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Information and registration

12 November. Launch of Parity: Mental Health Disability and Homelessness. It has long been acknowledged that there is a greater incidence of mental health issues for many people who experience homelessness, particularly those who experience chronic or long-term homelessness. It has also become increasingly clear that, despite the progress being made with the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the needs and requirements of people with a mental health disability are not being sufficiently acknowledged or supported by the scheme. You are invited to a presentation on the key issues around the nexus between mental health, disability and homelessness from people at the frontline, including people with lived experience of homelessness. This event will also include the launch of the October edition of Parity: Mental Health Disability and Homelessness. Cost: Free. 5.30 to 6.30 pm. William Macmahon Ball Theatre, Ground Floor, Old Arts Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville. Information and registration.

12 November. Seminar: Dying for Change: Improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. If you have an intellectual disability in Australia, you are likely to die 25 years earlier than someone in the general population. And you are twice as likely to die from an avoidable cause. Australia has committed to ensuring ‘persons with disabilities have the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health’. Yet there has been very little progress towards this goal. At this special edition seminar, we will hear from international and local experts including people with intellectual disability on how public health evidence can affect social change and what we can do to make a difference. Presenters: Professor Chris Hatton, Lancaster University; Dr George Julian, London School of Economics; Ms Judy Huett, Speak Out Advocacy Tasmania and; Professor Anne Kavanagh, University of Melbourne. Cost: Free.12.30 to 1.30 pm. Ian Potter Auditorium, Kenneth Myer Building, The University of Melbourne, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville. Enquiries: (03) 8344 5937. Information and registration

20 November. Lecture: Regional Crises, Refugees and Human Rights. Bill Frelick believes the refugee crisis is a test of our common humanity. And it seems clear that as asylum-seeker crises continue to unfold across the globe – and policies against asylum-seekers continue to harden in Europe, in America and here in Australia – we are failing that test. How can we do better for displaced people? As the director of the Refugees Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, Frelick has unique insight into the scope and severity of the crises, as well as some ideas for better solutions. Bill Frelick will focus on the Rohingya crisis, the displacement caused by the war in Syria, the new border policies and nationalist rhetoric in the United States and Australia’s offshore detention. Presented by the Wheeler Centre in partnership with Human Rights Watch. Cost: Free.6.15 to 7.15 pm, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Enquiries:(03) 9094 7800. Information and tickets

20 November. Lecture: Widening the door of hope. One year ago, the Victorian Parliament legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide. By June next year, the law becomes operational. The Office for Justice and Peace, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne offers the chance to examine how we must respond, as individuals and as a community. Presenters: Assoc. Prof. Natasha Michael, University of Notre Dame and Dr Stephen Parnis, Emergency Physician, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. Cost: Free. Mercy Theatre, Australian Catholic University, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy. Enquiries:(03) 9926 5727. Information

26 November. Lecture: Only Human – 70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In December 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, setting out a standard of basic rights and freedoms inherent and inalienable to all human beings across the globe. Seventy years later, we’ll look back on this revolutionary moment and reflect on the status and progress of human rights today. Our panel of experts will discuss some of Australia’s human rights failings – the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and offshore detention for asylum seekers, in particular – within the context of the global progress towards improved human rights. Presenters: Ruth Barson, Human Rights Law Centre; Nyadol Nyuon, litigator with Arnold Bloch Leibler and community advocate; Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director, Human Rights Law Centre. Cost: Free, registration essential. 6.15 to 7.15 pm, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Enquiries:(03) 9094 7800. Information and tickets




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