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30 November. An address by Senator the Hon Marise Payne. Senator Payne has served as a Senator for New South Wales since 1997. She served 12 years on the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, including a period as Chair of its Human Rights subcommittee. She was Minister for Human Services from 2013 to 2015 when she assumed the Defence portfolio, becoming the first woman to hold the position of Minister for Defence. She was appointed Foreign Minister in August 2018. Cost: Various. 12.45 pm to 1.45 pm. Lowy Institute, Level 3, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney. 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

3 December. Workshop: State Violence – An Interdisciplinary Workshop with Professor Phil Scraton. The workshop aims to identify the complex legal, policy and cultural processes involved in institutionalised state violence, the efficacy of legal and advocacy strategies for justice for survivors and families affected, and alternative models for the delivery of justice where state instrumentalities have been the perpetrator. Professor Phil Scraton is the leading British critical criminologist in the field of deaths in custody, controversial deaths, the use of inquests and justice for institutionalisation and was instrumental in obtaining justice for the survivors and families of the 96 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. Cost: Free, register before 29 November, 5.00 pm. 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. The Incubator, 8 Hadenfeld Avenue, Macquarie University, New South Wales 2109. Enquiries: Dr Tobia Fattore, (02) 9850 8074 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information and registration

3 December. Lecture: Is liberalism dead? And if so, is inequality to blame? Liberalism in 2019 has few friends: some commentators are even heralding the death of liberalism. What, then, went wrong in the liberal tradition to get us to this point? Is the liberal model itself to blame – including liberal understandings of freedom and the state? Further, how might we conceive of alternatives to liberalism, or reimagine the liberal tradition, so as better to respond to these failings? The lecture will be chaired by Professors Ratna Kapur, Mark Tushnet and Richard Holden and Dr Michaela Hailbronner, co-moderated by UNSW’s Dr Ben Golder and Professor Rosalind Dixon. Cost: Free, registration essential. 5.30 to 7.00 pm. Law Theatre, Room G04, UNSW, Kensington. 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

5 December. China’s Xinjiang detentions. China is holding hundreds of thousands of Uighurs in detention camps in Xinjiang, western China, in what appears to be a systematic targeting of an entire ethnic and religious group in the name of national security. The Lowy Institute's Richard McGregor will host the discussion of the situation in Xinjiang, and panel will feature: Nury Turkel, the Washington-based chair of the Uighur Human Rights Project; Dr Mamtimin Ala, President of the Australian Uighur Association; David Brophy, of Sydney University; and Lowy Institute researcher Kelsey Munro. Cost: Various. Lowy Institute, Level 3, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney. Information and tickets

6 December. Lecture: ‘We the peoples …’ 2018 Human Rights Lecture. We are all born free and equal in dignity and rights, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all towards achieving peace, justice and strong institutions. On the eve of the 70th Anniversary of signing of the Declaration, it is an opportunity for all Australians to reflect upon and be engaged with the Australian human rights framework setting out human rights for all peoples. The lecture will be led by the Honourable John Dowd AO QC, President, International Commission of Jurists, Australia. His work in human rights is universally known – as Attorney-General for New South Wales (1988–1991), Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW (1994–2004), Vice-President of International Commission of Jurists in Geneva (2009–2014), President of the Community Justice Coalition, and missions carried out in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Nepal and Timor-Leste. Cost: Free, registration essential. 6.00 pm, Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney. Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information and registration

7 December. Launch: Bieler & Morton - Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis. This book assesses the forces of social struggle shaping the past and present of the global political economy from the perspective of historical materialism. Based on the philosophy of internal relations, the character of capital is understood in such a way that the ties between the relations of production, state-civil society, and conditions of class struggle can be realised. This involves analysing historical and contemporary themes on the expansion of capitalism through uneven and combined development, the role of the state and geopolitics, and conditions of exploitation and resistance. Cost: Free, registration essential. 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm. 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney. Enquiries: (02) 9660 2333 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information and registration

9 December. Panel: From Good International Citizen to Pariah? Co-presented by Sydney Ideas and the Evatt Foundation. The panel will reflect on Australia’s human rights record, with a keynote address from Gillian Triggs, as well as responses from Tanya Plibersek and Elizabeth Evatt. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights – the first declaration of universal human rights to be made by nations in concert – turns 70 on Monday 10 December 2018. Australia is no longer an international leader in upholding human rights, at home or abroad. The nation’s reputation as a good international citizen is contested. Can Australia be cast as an international pariah? Cost: Various. 6.00 pm to 7:30 pm. Seymour Centre, City Rd & Cleveland Street, Chippendale. Information and tickets

10 December. Lecture: An Evening with Malala Yousafzai. The Growth Faculty is delighted to bring the world's youngest ever Nobel Prize winner, equal rights and education activist, Malala Yousafzai to Sydney and Melbourne this December. At age 11, Malala began her campaign for the rights of girls to receive an education, blogging about life under the Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Her story continued after surviving a targeted attack by the Taliban at just 15 years old. Now a student at Oxford University, Malala continues to fight for the education of all children, all over the world. Cost: Various. 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. ICC Sydney Theatre. 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; Dinesh Wadiwel, Senior Lecturer in human rights and socio-legal studies, University of Sydney. Cost: Various. 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

14–25 January. Indigenous Languages Summer School 2019. Charles Darwin University in collaboration with the Australian National University and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education is offering Indigenous Languages Summer School in Sydney. Travel scholarships are available for Indigenous language workers to attend the workshops. Courses: Linguistics for Indigenous Languages; Introduction to Yolngu Languages & Culture; Gamilaraay 1 (offered through ANU). Please note: students can do only one unit at the Summer School as all classes will happen simultaneously. All units are fully accredited and can be credited towards study. Cost: two-week workshop $1000. 9.00 am to 1.00 pm, 14 to 25 January 2019. Contact: phone (08) 8946 6876 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information and registration.

 

 

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