PPLS | PERFORMANCE | Luke Captain: Songman | Thursday 31 May 2018 | 6.30-7.30pm

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Luke Captain Meriam Le is a musical performance in celebration of National Reconciliation Week.

Luke is from Murray Island in the Eastern Group of the Torres Strait Islands. He is cultural advisor, singer song writer, film maker and actor and strong advocate for Torres Strait Island inclusion. His songs reflect his home and zogo – spirit of his ancestors.

Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda Vic 3182

Cost: Free

Bookings: online through EventBrite

City of Port Phillip Council
Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS)
Tel: 9209 6655

WIN | FILM TALK | All Saints: Film Screening | Refugee Week Saturday 23 June 2018 | 3-6pm

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Come share an inspiring true story of displacement, discomfort, faith and discovery. 

A film showing a pastor's first assignment is to close a church and sell the prime piece of land where it sits. He is challenged when the Church starts to welcome refugees from Burma.

The story gives focus to the experience of refugees (the Karen) in a new country and the challenge a faith community has in deciding which need takes priority.

Mark Htoo Saw, a relative of those featured will share reflections on the refugee experience and to relate themes of the story to experience in Australia. Come share an inspiring true story of displacement, discomfort, faith and discovery.

This is an opportunity for faith communities to come together in support of refugees at a time of need. We show through our actions that our varied traditions welcome and support the stranger in our midst.

Refugee Week is always held from Sunday to Saturday of the week which includes 20 June (World Refugee Day).

Where: Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church, 235 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing, Vic 3019
The venue has a seating capacity for 160 guests. 

Cost: $5 (adults) | Children free | Refreshments will be provided

Bookings: Please click here.

Wyndham Interfaith Network
Wyndham Community & Education Centre
Laurence Gray
Tel: 03 9742 4013

A collaboration with Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church and Karen Congregation of the Werribee Baptist Church.

PPCFR | CALLING WRITERS | Don't Make History a Mystery writing competition | entries CLOSE 24 August 2018

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Open to all adults, secondary and primary school students from Victoria, this year's judging panel includes author Tony Birch and academic Clare Bradford. 

The competition offers a $4,200 prize pool across one adult and five student categories.

Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation is a voluntary, not for profit community group. It began in 1997 at a public meeting, at St Kilda Town Hall, convened by Jacki Willox and attended by hundreds of people, including politicians, councillors, indigenous musicians and general public.

Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation Inc. (PPCfR)

SKFM | Indigenous films | Wednesday 23 May 2018 | 7.45-9.30pm

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Join David Batty as he reflects on 35 years of filmmaking in remote Aboriginal Australia. 

View rarely-screened gems from his vast archive of work interspersed with personal anecdotes in this interactive screening moderated by Batty’s close friend, writer Jim Buckell.

After kick-starting his career in Alice Springs in the 1980s, David was instrumental in establishing the first television production unit at the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA). He continued to make films with and for Aboriginal people for the next four decades, culminating in his latest production Black As which has reached more than 100 million viewers.

From the Warlpiri Sesame St, to the iconic Bush Mechanics series, get behind the scenes insight into Batty’s uniquely Australian narratives with universal appeal.

Classification Notice: As films featured in the St Kilda Film Festival are unclassified, persons under the age of 18 will not be admitted.

Where: St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Cost: $20/$17 full/conc

Bookings: Online through Ticketmaster

ST Kilda Film Festival

SMCC | COMMEMORATE | National Sorry Day | Friday 25 May 2018 | 12.30-2.30pm

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A community lunch with Aboriginal Elders and friends.

Cost: Gold coin donation

South Melbourne Community Centre
1 Ferrars Street, South Melbourne
Tel: 9699 8804

CoPP | RAISING | Flag | Monday 28 May 2018 | 11am-1pm

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Featuring a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony.

Cost: Free


City of Port Phillip (CoPP)
99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda
Tel: 9209 6502

CoPP | CELEBRATING | Mabo Day | Monday 4 June 2018 | 11am-2pm

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A feature performance of traditional Torres Strait Islander dance.

Where: St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda

City of Port Phillip (CoPP)
99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda
Tel: 9209 6502

S2b | ENGAGING | Citizens of the World | Wednesday 6 June-Friday 29 June 2018

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Six artists from refugee backgrounds focus on the idea of belonging in a new country.

Hours: Tuesday-Monday 10am-5pm; Satruday 10am-2pm

Where: Space2b, 144 Chapel Street, St Kilda

Cost: Free

Space2b Social Design
144 Chapel Street, St Kilda

GAP | THEATRE | Which Way Home | Tuesday-Wednesday 19-20 June 2018 | 7.30pm

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An Aussie road trip comedy 80,000 years in the making.

Tash and her Dad are going on a road trip. Home to country, where the sky is higher, and the world goes on forever.
It’s a long way from the wide streets and big old houses of Tash’s childhood. Two Black faces in a very white suburb. Dad still thinks he’s the king of cool, but he’s an old fella now. It’s time for Tash to take him home.

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company tells stories about what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today.

Infused with humour and heart Which Way Home draws on writer Katie Beckett’s own memories of growing up with her single Aboriginal father.

Where: Gasworks Theatre

Cost: Full $45; Concession $40; Under 30 $40; Group (6+) $30

Bookings: Online through Gasworks

Gasworks Arts Park (GAP)
21 Graham Street, Albert Park VIC 3206
Tel: (03) 8606 4200

CoPP | SUSTAINING | Port Phillip

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The average Victorian household throws out of $2,200 worth of food per year.

Most household waste can be avoided by better planning of meals and the right storage of food.
In an average household garbage bin, the contents are 8% green waste, 17% recyclables, 30% organic and 45% Rubbish - meaning 55% of the contents could be diverted from land fill.

Start a compost or worm farm for food scraps.

Even if living in an apartment, by implementing a few simple changes could reduce what is sent to landfill by half.

Sustainable Port Phillip
City of Port Phillip (CoPP)
99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Melbourne VIC 3182
Tel: (03) 9209 6690

POV | BUILDING CITIZENRY | Civics curriculum professional development

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Teachers are invited to register for a new professional development program on the civic curriculum. 

Being offered free of charge by the Victorian Parliament, it can be delivered in metropolitan or regional areas, or at Parliament House.

Each program will be tailored to meet the year level being taught, from years 3-12, and is available for VCE legal studies. To register and more information, see contacts below.

Parliament of Victoria (POV)
Tel: 8682 2655

GOVA | OPENING | More doors for Australians

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The Australian Government has recently introduced a series of measures to help Australians at all stages of life find the right home. 

This includes helping first home buyers and downsizers, building new infrastructure to help boost housing supply, and providing ongoing support to homelessness services so we can help those who need it most.

With general advices and specific information for different categories of seekers:
  • Looking to buy my first home
  • Own my home
  • Foreign Investor
  • Looking to or currently renting out a property
  • Renting
  • Social and Public Housing
Australian Government (GOVA)

JMA | LAUNCH | Love & Legacy Exhibition Open Day | Sunday 6 May | 10am to 5pm

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Join in the fun and free open day to celebrate the launch of Love & Legacy. Throughout the day there'll be a mix of activities including arts and crafts, music and food. An open day highlight will be a storytime session with a special-guest grandmother from another cultural background.

“Yes there is a traditional Jewish grandmother. I do believe that. I’m one of them!”
Rahel Vivat, one of the grandmothers featured in Love & Legacy.
Love & Legacy, is a new and exuberant exhibition, celebrating Jewish Australian grandmothers. It launches with a free open day on Sunday 6 May, and begs the question – what does the Jewish Grandmother in the 21st century look like?

Featuring stories of grandmothers from diverse Jewish backgrounds – orthodox to secular, from India to Egypt to Poland and beyond – our exhibition honours the complexity of the role of the grandmother in contemporary Australian society. Love & Legacy also details the many ways cultural knowledge, shared histories and family traditions are kept alive from one generation to the next, providing a space to celebrate and fully acknowledge the achievements, contributions, experience and knowledge of our grandmothers.

The exhibition includes interviews and commissioned portraits by photographer Elli Bardas of the following women – Lady Anna Cowen, Barbara Ajzenberg, Hazel Kelly, Genia Janover, Renata Singer, Rahel Vivat, Claire Aghion and Claudine Berman, Nechama Werdiger, Carol Schwartz and Lee Ann Basser.

Curator Juliette Hanson says “It has been a real privilege to meet the women whose experiences are at the heart of this exhibition. They all have amazing life-stories and such varied perspectives on their role as grandmothers and on the role of women more broadly. This exhibition provides a warm reminder of how strong grandmothers can be, what they have overcome, and what they continue to give to our community.”

Prepare to be dazzled by this moving, joyful and surprising exhibition. Love & Legacy will elevate the Jewish grandmother to the status she well deserves – leaders of our community, givers of life and knowledge, powerful supporters of family and loved ones. So celebrate your grandmother, and join us for this heartfelt exhibition, honouring our bubbes, our bubbies, our savtas, our nannas and our grandmas.

Cost: No bookings required. Free open day celebrating the launch of Love & Legacy

Jewish Museum of Australia (JMA)
Address: 26 Alma Road
Post: PO Box 117, St Kilda 3182

Part of the Multicultural Museums Victoria 'Grandmothers' project

VAWSU | INVITATION | Victory Day Celebration | and | LAUNCH | No-one Forgotten, Nothing Forgotten | 9 May 2018 | 6pm

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Celebrate the cessation of military conflict and witness personal stories from turbulent times. 

Films are based on the true stories of the Second World War veterans, living among us today.

Victory Day Celebration Concert featuring Alan Kogosowski, Vered Harel, Rada Tochalna and many more…

Where: Glen Eira Town Hall

Cost: Free

Victorian Association of World War II Veterans from the Ex-Soviet Union (VAWSU)

Supported by NCJWA, ANZAC Centenary and State Government Victoria

UNVESAKVIC18 | COMMEMORATION | Modern-day Multicultural Celebration of the Buddha’s Birth Enlightenment and Passing | Saturday 12 May 2018

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Join Buddhists and friends from around Victoria, Australia and the world to celebrate one of the most important days in the Buddhist Calendar. Commemorate together the Buddha’s universal peace message for the world.

SANGHA DANA | Arrive 9.45am for 10am
Lunch Offering to Buddhist Monks and Nuns
Where: St Peters Eastern Hill Anglican Church Hall, 15 Gisborne Street, East Melbourne

Free vegetarian lunch packs available.
Traditional Drummers, Buddha Floats, Flags, Lanterns, the colours of Victoria’s Buddhist Community
Where: Assembling at Parliament Gardens Reserve, corner Nicholson Street Extension (opp Her Majesty’s) & Albert Streets, East Melbourne. Public car parking nearby. Opp Parliament Station. Walk Spring Street and Collins Street to Melbourne Town Hall

COMMEMORATION | 1.30-3.30pm
• Veneration of Buddha Relics
• Chanting & Blessing from various Buddhist Traditions and languages
• One Community
Guided Meditation
• Interfaith Messages
Where: Melbourne Town Hall, corner Swanston & Collins Streets

Cost: Free

Victorian United Nations Day of Vesak Inc (UNVesakVIC18)

This event has been kindly sponsored by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, City of Melbourne and other kind donors.

PPLS | AUTHOR TALK | Yvonne Fein: Choose Somebody Else | Thursday 17 May 2018 | 6.30-7.30pm

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Join Yvonne Fein, author and daughter of holocaust survivors, as she discusses her enthralling, entertaining and compelling collection of short stories redolent of the great Yiddish storytelling traditions in tone and style.

The author will be appearing in conversation with author and teacher Lee Kofman.

Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda Vic 3182

Cost: Free

Bookings: online through EventBrite

City of Port Phillip Council
Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS)
Tel: 9209 6655

REAU | CELEBRATING | National Reconciliation Week | 27 May – 3 June

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National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The theme for NRW 2018 is Don’t Keep History a Mystery.

This year, we invite Australians to Learn, Share, and Grow – by exploring our past, learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and developing a deeper understanding of our national story.

Make reconciliation part of your story, and your future.

Reconciliation Australia (REAU)

PWR | ANNOUNCING | Second line-up of luminaries who will address the global interfaith stage | 1-7 November 2018

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2018 Parliament of the World's Religions Luminaries Are Creating a More Just, Peaceful, and Sustainable World

Today, we are honored to release the second line-up of keynote speakers who will take the stage at the Parliament of the World's Religions, sharing with both assembly and plenary audiences what it means to lead grassroots and global collaborations with people of faith and conscience to achieve a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

Among them: two of 2017's Nobel Laureates steadfastly fighting for the abolition of nuclear weapons, Canada's first Jewish woman and refugee to serve as Justice on its Supreme Court, the eminent Archbishop of Toronto, the United Nations Principal Representative for the Baha'i faith, a beloved Swami whose work touches India's forgotten, an author whose words on religion and compassion have echoed around the world through 45 languages, a Sikh activist and scholar setting new standards for the dignity and rights of all peoples in democratic society, the Episcopal leader who is taking grassroots Interfaith leadership to new heights and new nations for the United Religions Initiative, and the Muslim educator and social entrepreneur who has provided aid and educational opportunities to countless vulnerable and oppressed children.

Join us, once again, in welcoming to the Parliament of the World's Religions these exceptional living examples of the promise of inclusion and the power of love.

Learn More About the Voices of PoWR Speakers at the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions


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Parliament of the World's Religions
Address: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 205, Chicago, IL 60601

GEIFN | REPORTS | BMIN | TOUR | Place of Worship: Australian Islamic Centre of Newport | Victorian Mosque Open Day

[Report is compiled from multiple public addresses, multiple sources made over multiple publication dates]

The Brimbank & Maribyrnong Interfaith Network (BMIN) took part in the second annual Victorian Mosque Open Day. A bus of about 40 participants visited the Australian Islamic Centre of Newport. 

The Mosque Open Day is state-wide annual event, run by Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV), supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission and Victorian Government (Office of Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion).

A bus tour to Newport Mosque – “perhaps the first truly contemporary Australian mosque … is an architectural and social marker of a new perception of Islam in Australia (see more at NGV)”.

The Newport Islamic Society (NIS) has been active in serving the community since it was established in 1989. Quickly outgrowing the former Salvation Army hall, they purchased a neighbouring property for women’s only space to eventually outgrow this on big worship days with congregants spilling out into carparks, then streets.

An initiative of NIS, many years in the making, The Australian Islamic Centre (AIC) serves the growing Muslim community (more than 10,000) and for now is the largest under the Southern Hemisphere. Completely self-funded.

The Centre is designed by Australian architect Glen Murcutt in collaboration with Hakan Elevli and built by Haddara Constructions. It comprises a unique Mosque, library, Gym & fitness centre, educational centre, restaurant & cafĂ©, activity rooms, offices, community spaces and Imam’s residence.

Visitors were told of special features that went into the design, and some of the thinking behind the finished result. The removal of minarets and domes, a feature of particular Turkish Islam, to appease local neighbours concerns, local bylaws regarding noise, and a negotiated relocation to an alternative location.

The main Prayer Hall includes special light wells, filled with coloured glass of a palette of 4 colours: Blue (Heaven), Green (Earth), Red (Struggle of Living) and Yellow (Realising Grandeur). Muslims do not have a Central Authority, each individual has a direct connection to Allah, and all is needed to “make a Mosque” is 3 adherents needed to assemble to prayer. 

Unfinished concrete walls are a symbol of the everyday imperfect nature of humanity. A glass wall on the public side is open, inviting and transmitting transparency to local communities. On a sunny day, the glass wall on the moat side allows reflected luminescence from the water into the walls and ceiling of the Prayer room. All glass walls can be opened to allow airflow and natural cooling through the heat of Australian Summer.

On this day, interested parties could dress up in veil, have hands painted in Henna and their names written in calligraphy with Arabic translation. Snacks upon arrival, a sausage sizzle/drinks post-tour provided generously by hosts. Bus pickup from two locations generously provided by Brimbank & Maribyrnong Councils.

On behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to Hosts, Organisers, Volunteers and Participants working to share, build collaborations, celebrate diversity and foster team approach to addressing today's society. Received with gratitude.

Brimbank and Maribyrnong Interfaith Network, Maribyrnong City Council
Tel: (03) 9688 0452; Email:

GEIFN | GOES | VESAK Multicultural Friendship Dinner 2018 | Saturday 7 April 2018 | 6-9.30pm

[Report is compiled from multiple public addresses, multiple sources made over multiple publication dates]

An evening of delicious multi-cultural vegetarian banquet and fun that is the "Vesak Friendship Dinner”. Raising funds for this year's Victorian United Nations Day Vesak Commemoration and Celebrations - Sat 12 May in Melbourne CBD.

An assembly of over 600 people, Ordained Sangha, Lay Sangha, friends supporters and non-Buddhists alike. A wonderful occasion to see living exemplars of what founders taught.
An experience of wonderful delights of Chinese Vietnamese vegetarian hospitality, demonstrations by a range of migrant groups encompassing monastic chanting and performance including song, instrument-playing and dance.

On the surface, a humble dinner looks like an INTRAfaith occasion: different congregations of the one religion (Buddhism) coming together.

But look a bit deeper, and its also:
INTERfaith (different language/ethnicities/cultural groups coexisting);
MULTIfaith (different religions/generations/genders/backgrounds actively engaging in a shared higher purpose; ie, inclusion of Acknowledgement of Country, sharing space, place, company, performance, purpose and time);
TOGATHER: determined, consistent, sharing a goal to assemble with a higher sustainable purpose (ie, large strong Sangha/Congregation with surplus sharing with smaller or less well established Sangha, fundraising for Victoria’s VESAK Commemoration)
NOBLY: The Buddha’s embodiment and wish for a world of happiness, peace, harmony and understanding.

GEIFN used this occasion to bring together a contingent of 20 individuals, most arriving at 6pm for an informal walk and chat around sculptural garden.
The event, succinctly described by a GEIFN guest:
“We had a great judged by energy expenditure through talking and laughing and energy intake through amazing food. Thanks for your generosity.”
On behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to Hosts, Organisers, Volunteers and Participants working to reduce misunderstandings, build collaborations, celebrate diversity and foster team approach to addressing today's society. Received with gratitude.

Victorian United Nations Day of Vesak Inc (UNVESAKVic)

GEIFN | MEDIA | Mix | May 2018

Approx 5 min reads

Clare Boyd-Macrae shares her view of living in “Faith: Be open to the unexpected moments of grace” via The Canberra Times

Benjamin Law shares lived experience, endurance, and every day life matters through discussing “Dicey Topics: Christine Forster on death, money and bodies” via The Age

Matt Wade explores lessons learned from a family commitment to low carbon-footprint living, reporting “An Australian family living in the slums of India has come home with an important message” via WA Today

Kristie Kellahan explores a Sydney example of disengagement being transformed into sustainable reasons for being collectively proud, budding “Students discover the garden of life” via The Age

Tony Wright explores an example of reconciling past with changing times, reflecting value of sharing memory, lessons, timing, purpose and rituals, try “A long way from the smoke, with room to breathe” via The Brisbane Times

Greg Baum explores sex, religion and performance results, reasoning “Who wins in the hormone race?” via The Brisbane Times

Nassim Khadem explores gender differences, redressing workplace and retirement equity, prosecuting “Want to boost the economy by $60b? Get more women into jobs, says KPMG” via The Canberra Times

Michael Short explores remuneration, comparative disadvantage and social justice, prosecuting to “Want to boost the economy? Give the underpaid a wage rise” via The Canberra Times

Megan Backhouse explores an unsung migrant who applied scientific process in the back yard, reviewing a book “Celebrating Melbourne's housewife naturalist” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Christine Long explores some of the challenges faced by returned service personnel entering civilian life, revealing “After the army: career and finances challenges in civilian life” via The Brisbane Times

John Collett and Caitlin Fitzsimmons explore treechangers leaving bright lights big smoke for star lights and high skies, sharing how “'I feel like a different person' moving from the city to the regions” via The Canberra Times

John McDonald explores symbolism, iconism, passing of time and hidden or lost meaning, describing his experience of “Indisputable masterpieces, The Lady and the Unicorn leave us pondering the imponderables” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Miki Perkins explores expanding our horizons of State Care to reflect current societal norms and improve individual outcomes, calling out “Victoria, you need a lesson in parenting” via The Age

Philip Huggins explores de-light in everyday gratitude, giving reasons to “Take a moment to appreciate everyday miracles” via WA Today

Harold Mitchell explores paving the way from colonialism, conducting good neighborly relations and building lasting mutually beneficially relationships, declaring “Bogor not Bali shows Indonesia's huge potential” via WA Today

Bruce Elder explores fusing identities, ancient traditions and collaborating for modern times, presenting “Gurrumul's final gift: Australia's most original recording?” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Nina Hendy explores gender, tools and sharing a female perspective of “What it’s like to work in a male-dominated industry” via The Brisbane Times

Carolyn Webb explores fleeing from conflict, resettling and seeds for sweet success, celebrate with “The Syrian refugees who run a Lygon Street pastry shop” via The Age

John Silvester explores transformative results to Society that is informed by a dedicated and collaborative few looking back, revealing how “From tragedy, coroners work to bring us lessons and laws” via The Brisbane Times

Kirsten Grieshaber explores how overcoming ignorance is an ongoing work-in-progress, uniting visibly for a common good as “Germans don Jewish skullcaps to protest anti-Semitism” via The Age

Lee Tran Lam explores a growing trend in more mindful eating, chefs getting onboard and compassionate chewing, declaring “The vegan revolution is here: Meat-free plant-based dining hits mainstream” via

Approx 20min presentations

Mae Jemison: Teach arts and sciences together

Stuart Firestein: The Pursuit of Ignorance

Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception

Approx 5 min presentation

Emmylou Harris - One Big Love

Approx 2 min presentation

Sesame Street's Maya Rudolph and Elmo: Brainstorm

Approx 5 min presentation

Tim Rhys-Evans: Only Boys Aloud