Author: Minh Ai Nguyen

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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Listening to both sides: Legal ethics and life lesson

A panel discussion on the topic ‘Teaching Ethics to Future Lawyers’ was held on  Thursday 15 March at the Affinity Intercultural Foundation, Sydney launching its new Law Panel Discussion series that included panellists Professor Joellen Riley, Dean of the University of Sydney’s Law School and Professor Michael Adams, Professor of Corporate Law and Governance and former Law Dean of Western Sydney University.The panel discussion was facilitated by Professor Mary Crock from the University of Sydney’s Law School where after a short speech from each panellist, the discussion was opened up to the audience for a short and engaging Q&A session.Professor...

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Bob Carr shares vision of a dystopian future

Affinity launched its Lunchtime Lecture program for the year on Wednesday 14 February involving former Australian Foreign Minister and NSW Premier Mr Bob Carr.Affinity’s first official event of 2018 saw an impressive turnout of more than 70 guests, who gathered to hear Mr Carr present a talk titled ‘Australian and the World’. Mr Carr’s talk was facilitated by his close friend and former Australian ambassador to the Holy See, John McCarthy QC and the program was opened by former NSW Premier, Barrie Unsworth.The talk began with Mr Carr reading an excerpt from his new book, which is set in a...

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Celebrating 25 Years of protection against disability discrimination

On Tuesday 28 November, Affinity held its final Lunchtime Lecture of the year with Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Alastair McEwin from the Australian Human Rights Commission. The Commissioner, who is deaf, was accompanied by two AUSLAN interpreters who provided translation assistance. Facilitating the talk was Professor Shane Clifton, Dean of Theology from Alphacrucis College, who suffered a serious accident in 2010 that left him quadriplegic. In a speech titled, 25 Years of Disability Discrimination Law, the Commissioner discussed the ways in which the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), which commenced on March 1 1993, has effected social change and fought against...

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