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Melbourne – FRAYED LIVES, THREADS OF HOPE: AUSTRALIA’S RESPONSE TO THE GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS
14 November 2019 - 15 November 2019
FRAYED LIVES, THREADS OF HOPE: AUSTRALIA’S RESPONSE TO THE GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS
Speakers, Musicians, Supper, Audience Engagement
Melbourne, Thursday 14th November
Woodward Conference Centre, 10th Floor, Melbourne law Building, 185 Pelham Street Carlton.
- Dr Karen Block, Associate Director of the Child Health and Wellbeing Program, Centre for Health Equity, University of Melbourne
- Noosheen Mogadam, Senior Lawyer, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
- Musical performance by Mulu and Haftu (Ethiopia)
The global refugee crisis has reached epic proportions. To create more awareness about how Australians can respond, the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association is hosting three major public forums (“Salons”) in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. These events bring together people with lived experience, experts, musicians and researchers to share insights and experiences. Audience members will be engaged in round-table discussions to learn about the refugee crisis and to identify actions that they can take.
The events are being curated by Dr Mara Adelman: Salon specialist, Fulbright alumna and Emeritus Associate Professor of Communication from Seattle University. AFAA is proud to partner with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (Melbourne and Brisbane); the Asylum Seeker Centre (Sydney) and our sponsor, the University of Melbourne.
The Salons are community-building events for all people interested to take learning, connections and action with them afterwards.
Dr. Iain Butterworth, President of the Australian Fulbright Alumni Organisation and organiser of the events said, “When the lives of people seeking asylum and refuge begin to fray, our whole society frays. The Australian Fulbright Alumni Association is committed to find ways for us all to support some of the world’s most vulnerable people to find threads of hope. Together, we can weave a stronger social fabric that supports and includes everybody.”
“Doing what’s right means upholding people’s basic rights to safety and fairness. Throughout history, people have risked everything for the hope of a better life. We must ensure people’s basic right to live free from danger.”
The Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA) is a professional membership for Fulbright Alumni. Fulbright Scholars are members of one of the most prestigious academic communities in the world representing some of the most talented and accomplished people across Australia and the USA. AFAA facilitates academic, professional and social activities in Australia and the U.S. for Fulbright Scholars, Alumni, Sponsors and friends – such as this series of Salon events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in November.