Population Debate Symposium

From July 24, 2011 15:00 until July 24, 2011 17:00


The Muslim and Catholic symposia series invites you to:

The Population Debate Symposium

Date: Sunday 24 July 2011     Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Mercy Lecture Theatre, Australian Catholic University, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy.

(Please find attached a map for detailed directions)


Keynote Speakers:

PROFESSOR DES CAHILL: Des Cahill, Professor of Intercultural Studies at RMIT University, has been a world leading researcher and teacher in the areas of immigrant, cross-cultural and international studies for more than three decades. His Ph.D. was a study of family environment and the bilingual skills of Italo-Australian children. His many publications and research projects have focussed on many immigrant and refugee groups in Australia: Argentinian, British, Cambodian, Chilean, Dutch, Filipino, Greek, Italian, Lebanese, Maltese, Polish, Turkish, Uruguayan and Vietnamese, and he has conducted research in Japan, the Philippines, Switzerland and Viet Nam. His areas of interest have been in immigrant, multicultural and international education, cross-cultural communication, bilingualism and biculturalism, ethnic minority youth, immigrant settlement, ethnic community development, world population movements, cultural diversity policy development and evaluation, intermarriage, international students and, more recently, religion and globalization.

Professor Des Cahill is chair of Religions for Peace Australia, and represents Australia on Religions for Peace Asia of which he is co-president and deputy moderator.

DR BERHAN AHMED: At the age of 15, Berhan Ahmed became a refugee from Eritrea. He was awarded a scholarship to study in Egypt and, in 1987, came to Australia as a refugee.  From these humble beginnings he has gone on to complete his PhD in Agricultural Science and is now a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Berhan Ahmed has been instrumental in building bridges between the African and wider Australian communities, influencing policy decisions and forging relationships with politicians, community, business leaders and philanthropic organisations.  He encourages people to focus on the things that unite us as human beings, not the superficial differences.  He initiated and implemented a number of projects for Melbourne's African community to raise the standard of living, educational engagement and achievement, level of employment, and integration.  He has personally supported many newly-arrived refugees, and is always there to offer guidance and a helping hand through the difficult process of arriving in a new country after traumatic experience.

Dr Berhan Ahmed was selected as Victorian Australian of the Year in 2009 and is currently the Chairperson of the African Think Tank.

Free parking during the time of the symposium may be available along Victoria Parade but please pay close attention to parking restrictions.

For those of you who wish to attend with your partner and friends, please feel welcome to do so.

It will be greatly appreciated if you are able to please RSVP your attendance by Tuesday 19 July 2011, by email to fatih.tuncer@acu.edu.au, or by leaving a message on (03) 9953-3920.

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Contact Details
Fatih Erol Tuncer on (03) 9953-3920 or email fatih.tuncer@acu.edu.au

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