Author: mnguyen

Urgent call for collective action on climate change

Professor Will Steffen, Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University delivered an engaging and timely Lunchtime Lecture at Affinity on Wednesday 28 August  titled, The Anthropocene: Rising Risks, Critical Choices. Professor Steffen, who is a Councillor on the publicly-funded Climate Council of Australia, during his sobering presentation showed the impact of human activity on the planet. “The earth has experienced a temperature rise that goes beyond the envelope of natural variability. No matter what indicator we used, it all swings upwards,” he said. “This shows that what humans are doing is affecting the stability of the earth,” he warned. Professor...

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Interpersonal relationships and human rights: Affinity continues with difficult but necessary conversations

On Thursday, 16 August, Affinity Intercultural Foundation, continuing with its popular panel series hosted a special Lunchtime Lecture with two highly distinguished Australian law figures: former Justice of the High Court, Hon Michael Kirby AC and the University of Sydney’s Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO.In a conversation titled Interpersonal Relationships and Human Rights, the pair discussed the issues that are faced by people within the LGBTQIA community, as well as those living with a disability. The facilitator of the discussion was Pauline Wright, Executive Director of the Law Council of NSW.Michael began by sharing how the socio and political...

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Reframing Conversations and Centring the Reader: A Day in the Life of a Modern Newspaper Editor

On Wednesday, 15 August, Affinity Intercultural Foundation continued its successful Morning Conversation series with a talk from Lisa Davies, editor of The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH). The conversation was facilitated by Natalie Ahmat, senior journalist from SBS National Indigenous Television (NITV).In a talk titled ‘A Day in the Life of a Modern Newspaper Editor’, Lisa gave a glimpse into the the newsroom of an 187 year-old newspaper and shared her insights on the evolving world of print journalism.From a young age, Lisa knew that she wanted to get into a career involving words. “When I was younger, I just...

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The struggle of identity politics in India

Professor Anwar Alam, a visiting academic from India presented an optimistic view of modern Indian identity politics at the special lunchtime conversation hosted by Affinity Intercultural Foundation on Wednesday 25 July in Sydney. Professor Alam is currently a Senior Fellow with Policy Perspectives Foundation, New Delhi having served as a Professor in the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Science, Zirve University, Gaziantep, Turkey. Earlier he was a Professor and Director of the Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), Associate Professor at the Centre for West Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU),...

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“Your story is the Australian story”: Affinity Parliamentary Iftar

On Tuesday 29 May more than 300 guests gathered at NSW Parliament House to break bread in the spirit of harmony and diversity at Affinity Intercultural Foundation’s tenth annual Friendship and Dialogue Iftar dinner. The gathering saw guests from diverse backgrounds in attendance, including members of Parliament, police, religious, community and education leaders, business people, members of the judiciary and media as well as representatives from other faiths.In his keynote address, Chief Justice Tom Bathurst, seventeenth Chief Justice of New South Wales said the dinner contributed to building social cohesion and trust between different people.“It is a wonderful thing...

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