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Upcoming Events

"Reporting the Middle East: Perils and possibilities" (2 March 6-7:30pm) 
Hosted by the Australian Intercultural Society and supported by the University of Melbourne's Centre for Advancing Journalism

What role should journalism play in promoting democracy in the Middle East? Social media has been hailed as a game-changing medium for reporting in the region, but is it enough?

Kerim Balci, Editor in Chief of the Turkish Review journal, and Tony Walker, International Editor at the Australian Financial Review, will discuss their ideas for creating a freer media in the Middle East, and why social media alone won't get the job done.

Chaired by Jennifer Martin, Lecturer at the Centre for Advancing Journalism.

"Tolerance, multiculturalism and the law"
(17 March 6-7:30pm) 
Evening lecture with the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, Federal Member for Isaacs, as well as Australia's Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for Arts. A former Director of the Law Council of Australia, he was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 1999.  Details

Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia
(5 April 12-1:30pm)

Luncheon lecture by the Honourable Diana Bryant AO, Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia. Details

In 2015, AIS supported the inaugural International Festival of Language and Culture, which attracted over 4000 spectators in Melbourne. This year, everyone can enjoy the colourful performances at the Sydney Opera House. Tickets available online
Past Events

Luncheon with AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin (17 February)
"The police are the public and the public are the police"

Last week, Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin AO discussed social cohesion as a shared responsibility in an event facilitated by Chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission Helen Kapalos. Details
Luncheon with Governor the Hon Linda Dessau AM (9 February)
The AIS Advisory Board and Executive Members had the pleasure of sharing a meal and discussing ideas with Hon Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria, at the Government House. 
Lecture by Prof John Esposito  
(4 December 2015)
"It's not diversity that's the problem. It's a problem when some are privileged and others are left out."

Professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies from Georgetown University in Washington D.C and co-author of Who speaks for Islam? What a billion Muslims really think, Prof John Esposito covered the complex topic of Christian-Muslim relations to a packed room of 250 people in December.

Facilitating the event and Q&A session was cultural consultant Tasneem Chopra.
We thank our co-hosts, the Australian Catholic University and the Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Prof Esposito also spoke on the radio to ABC NewsRadio Breakfast and 3AW with Tom Elliott.
Chinese court delegation visits AIS
In partnership with Sabelberg Morcos Lawyers, the AIS hosted a Chinese senior court delegation in November. They were visiting Melbourne to study the Australian court system and multicultural society.

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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