RUCGR | TALK | Professor Gillian Triggs | LAUNCH | Dr Susan P. Ennis' book Religion, Spirituality, and the Refugee Experience in Melbourne, Australia, 1990s-2010 | Thursday 24 November 2016 | 5.30-7.30pm

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An in-depth study of selected refugees from Ethiopia, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan.  

It examines relationships between refugees’ religious and spiritual beliefs and refugee experience. Susan takes a closer look at circumstances of refugees' flight, their asylum, and their initial period of settlement in Melbourne, Australia during the period between the 1990’s and the early 21st century.

Speakers:
  • Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, with a five year appointment. She was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. She is a former Barrister and a former Governor of the College of Law. Professor Triggs has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and has advised the Australian and other governments and international organisations on international legal and trade disputes. Her focus at the Commission is on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, and to work with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights. Professor Triggs' is the author of many books and papers on international law, including International Law, Contemporary Principles and Practices (2nd Ed, 2011). Professor Gillian Triggs will formally launch and share her reflections on Dr Susan Ennis' new book.
  • Professor Desmond Cahill OAM is the Professor of Intercultural Studies with RMIT the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.
  • Dr Susan P. Ennis for more than 30 years has coordinated and taught English to newly arrived adult refugees and immigrants in Melbourne. Sue has also taught English as a Second Language in Turkey, China (during the Tiananmen Square incident), and Cambodia (during the UN mandate) and lived in Israel.

Where: RMIT University, Building 80, Level 1, Room 002, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria

Cost: Free Event

Bookings: online through EventBrite

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RMIT University Centre for Global Research
411 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Melbourne City campus, Building 37, Level 5
Email: globalresearch@rmit.edu.au
Tel: 9925 1921