2000 Seminars, Conferences and Other Events

8 March
Lunchtime Seminar
Development Work in a Conflict Setting
Balacahandiran Gowthaman, Project Manager, Community Aid Abroad, Sri Lanka.

21 March
International Students' Workshop: Peace Education
Keisen University, Tokyo

12 April
Lunchtime Seminar:
'Armenia: Mobilising Communities for Peace'
Dr Armen Gakavian, Convenor of the Armenian Genocide Research Unit of the Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies, Macquarie University, a council member of CPACS, and a staff member of Navigators, a campus-based urban network for faith and justice, shared his experiences from a recent visit to the former Soviet Republic of Armenia. He plans to return there and mobilise communities around the Gandhian model of peace.

Like Gowthaman, Gakavian also talked of the failure of international aid to right the wrongs of a society. In a country used to full employment during the society era, and where now 60% are unemployed, a ‘hand-out’ mentality exists whereby individuals feel powerless to do anything but wait for outside help in the form of overseas aid. Gakavian believes that this impacts negatively upon the Armenian people.

On his return to Armenia he hopes to show, through education and example, that individuals can make a difference, that they can encourage and effect change, not through violence but through peaceful means. Martin Luther King, Aung San Suu Kyi, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama are guiding and shining examples.

Whether the conflict is in Armenia or Sri Lanka, these seminars highlight the importance of working at the local level, to build peace on firm foundations of forgiveness, co-operation and responsibility.

2 May
His Excellency, the Honourable Gordon Samuels AC, Governor of New South Wales launches Human Rights, Corporate Responsibility: A Dialogue, edited by Professor Stuart Rees and Shelley Wright.
The Great Hall, University of Sydney.

17 May
Peace Prize Breakfast
Peace in the Workplace Breakfast Seminar presented by the Sydney Peace Foundation: Peace in the Workplace: achieving fairness and justice.

Guest Speakers, Ron Callus, Director and John Buchanan, Deputy Director, Australian Centre for Industrial Relations, Research and Teaching (ACIRRT), provide answers to the questions:

"What is peace in the workplace and how can it be achieved?"

ACIRRT is the leading centre researching the nature of organizations and labour market policies. Callus and Buchanan are contributing authors to Australia at Work (1999), which examines the changing nature of work and its impact on people’s lives.

2 June
Work for All Who Want It: Questioning Employment
This seminar was based on a substantial piece of research undertaken by Michael Jarques in collaboration with the Conflict Resolution Network entitled: Work For All?

Examining the prospects for full employment in the next millennium. The author begins to unravel the complexities of labour market and human rights ideals in the context of unemployment.

7 June
Burma? An economy built on slave labour
Join Trevor Edmond, Secretary of Friends of the National League for Democracy, Australia (FNLDA). The association, born of the need to inform the public about Burma, is dedicated to campaigning for recognition of the legitimacy of the National League for Democracy, the political party popularly elected in 1990, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Laureate.

Burma presents a situation which sees its rich natural resources exploited from within by the military regime that holds the country in the grip of fear, and from without by companies and individuals who deal with a totalitarian regime. Burma’s social and environ-mental fabric is in tatters and its minority races driven from their land or exterminated.

25 July
The Future of Micro-credit in East Timor
Grameen Bank representative Shan Ali will give an eyewitness account of what he has seen and experienced in East Timor. He will also address the question of how micro-credit can be established in East Timor and outline the potential benefits such a system would bring to the East Timorese.

26 July
Bringing All the Voices to the Table: Open Forums as a Medium For Deep Democracy.
Shushann Movsessian (Mapp. Sci.- Social Ecology).
Democracy has a vision of human rights, social justice and equality. Rules or laws and policies are used to enforce peoples' rights, however, it begs the question: Who makes the rules? Who sets the standards and whose voices are represented in the mainstream? Laws can be useless in picking up subtle or covert forms of prejudice and the way powerful people oppress others.

Deep Democracy, is a term phrased by Dr Arnold Mindell, founder of Global Process Work based in Oregon, USA. It emphasises the importance of representing marginalised positions in a community in order to create wholeness. It is based on the understanding that relationships between groups and individuals are not equal in power in the mainstream. Particularly if these voices have been disempowered in communities over long periods of time.

28 August
West Papua? The Path to Freedom: Following in the Footsteps of East Timor?
John Ondawame, a member of the West Papuan independence movement, will talk on the following:
The current social and political developments in West Papua over the last two years.
National, Regional and International Responses.
The West Papua Project.
John Ondawame, a West Papuan, has just completed his PhD at the ANU. Catch him before he leaves for New York to lobby the UN.

24 October
The Safer Arming of Police and Security Guards.
Why do police and security guards in Australia carry guns? Is there a non-lethal alternative? New non-lethal technologies may set the climate for a less violent and more peaceful society.
Join us for a discussion on this topic, lead by CPACS council member Andrew Greg, coordinator of a new group advocating the safer arming of police.

9 November
Sydney Peace Prize Lecture: Building Peace -The Challenge for East Timor
By Xanana Gusmao the winner of the 2000 Sydney Peace Prize. Seymour Theatre Centre, 6:30 PM