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THIS SATURDAY on SBS (4:30-5:30pm)
The International Festival of Language and Culture 2015
Saturday 28 November 4:30-5:30pm on SBS
Sirius College, in partnership with the Australian Intercultural Society, hosted Australia's first 
International Festival of Language and Culture in Melbourne. Students from 18 countries performed in their native languages and in English as a way of displaying of our global diversity.

What began in 2003 as a competition in Turkey with only 62 students from 17 countries has grown to become an international phenomenon with festivals held this year in 15 countries, featuring 2750 students from 150 countries. This year, Melbourne hosted Australia's first IFLC.

Upcoming Events
Professor John Esposito
Director, Center for Christian-Muslim Relations
Georgetown University

Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, John L. Esposito is Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Previously, he was Loyola Professor of Middle East Studies, College of the Holy Cross. Esposito’s more than 45 books include: The Future of Islam, Islamophobia and the Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century, Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (with Dalia Mogahed), Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?, and Islam and Politics.

MODERATOR: Tasneem Chopra
Chair of the Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights (featured on ABC's Q&A 23 Nov)
DATE  Friday 4 December, 2015
TIME  5:30 (for a 6:00pm start) - 7:30pm
Phillipa Brazil Lecture Theatre
Australian Catholic University (ACU)
115 Victoria Parade Melbourne VIC

PLEASE RSVP: or call 03 9867 2248

This event is organised by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Australian Catholic University and the AIS. 

Andrew Colvin (17 February 2016) 

Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police and a Member of the Order of Australia.  Details

Mandy Wicks (2 March 2016 )

Director, Audio and Language Content at SBS.  Details

Mark Dreyfus (17 March 2016)
Australia's Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for Arts,
Federal Member for Isaacs, former Director of the Law Council of Australia. Details

Past Events
OCTOBER: "The battle of the Ayatollah's, Caliphate zealots and the "secular" strong men: What a contested and unstable Middle East means for the region and the world"
AIS hosted Peter Khalil, the current Executive Director of Arcana Partners, former Executive Director of Corporate Affairs, Strategy and Communications at SBS in addition to Foreign Policy and National Security Adviser and as Senior International Adviser to the Federal Government. Peter provided an insightful and thought provoking presentation, touching upon the refugee crisis, the position of Iran and the condition of Turkey. Details
NOVEMBER: "The power, and confusion, of language: How a professional wordsmith adapts and appreciates the real power words have in our community"
On 18 November,  Andrew Holden, editor-in-chief of The Age since June 2012, spoke about how our choice of words affect our view of global and local issues. Details

The Australian Intercultural Society respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we stand. We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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