2008 Seminars, Conferences and Other Events

CPACS organises regular seminars and other events at the Centre or at other locations on the University of Sydney Camperdown campus.

CPACS seminars are generally free and open to anyone interested. For some events there may be a small charge.

Religion Symposium - Saturday 11 October, 2008

Thou shalt not kill...?
What the world's major religions say about war and peace and how they are used and abused to justify violence

An All-day Symposium hosted by the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, the University of Sydney.

Speakers -

  • Jonathan Inkpin – General Secretary, New South Wales Ecumenical Council
  • Dr Ken Macnab – Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Marion Maddox – author, God Under Howard
  • Professor Garry Trompf – University of Sydney
  • Kalon Takla – Elected minister, Tibetan Government in Exile
  • Kuranda Seyit – Director, Forum on Australia’s Islamic Relations (FAIR)
  • Bishop Irinej – Serbian Orthodox Church (invited)

Saturday October 11, 2008

Wool Room
International House
University of Sydney

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Mini-conference - Wednesday 3 September, 2008, 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Human Security and Global Governance

A free mini-conference co-hosted by the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney and World Citizens’ Association (Australia)

With the election of the Rudd government, Australia has entered a new era of re-engagement with the United Nations. Speakers discussed some exciting proposals that could strengthen global efforts to promote peace and human security, including a look at Australia’s contribution.


  • Professor John Langmore, Department of Political Science, University of Melbourne and National President, United Nations Association of Australia
  • Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees, Director, Sydney Peace Foundation
  • Kavitha Suthanthiraraj, Global Action to Prevent War, New York
  • Annie Herro, UNEPS Project, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
  • David Penklis, former Senior Executive in UN Peacekeeping Field Operations and Headquarters Department of Management
  • Assoc. Prof. Chris Hamer, President, World Citizens Association (Australia)
  • Vinay Orekondy, Campaign Director, World Citizens Association (Australia)

Wednesday 3 September 2008
2:00pm - 5:00 pm

H R Carne Lecture Theatre
(R M C Gunn Building, Regimental Crescent)
University of Sydney

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Forgotten Victims of the Middle East? Thursday 28 August, 2008

* The plight of Iraqi refugees and Australia’s role
* Countdown to apartheid in Israel/Palestine?

Guest speakers:
His Grace, Bishop Mar Meelis Zaia - Assyrian community, Sydney
Dr Jeff Halper - Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

From 6.00pm - 7.30pm:
His Grace Bishop Mar Meelis Zaia AM on the Assyrian Christian community in Iraq, the impact of the coalition-led intervention and efforts to assist this community inside and outside of Iraq.
* Donna Mulhearn, Peace Activist and former Human Shield in Iraq, will join His Grace, together with
* Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director of CPACS.

From 7.30pm - 9.00pm:
Dr Jeff Halper, co-founder, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, peace
and human rights activist, author, An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel.

Thursday 28 August 2008
6.00pm - 9.00pm

Footbridge Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney
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Concert for Zimbabwe - Monday 1 September, 2008

By arrangement with the Sydney Peace Foundation, the Sydney Soloists and the Movement for Democracy in Zimbabwe, a Love War and Peace concert will be held on Monday, September 1st at 7pm at the Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Love War and Peace is a stirring concert designed to provoke reflection on the meaning of war and the means of expressing love and peace.

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Love War Peace - Sydney Soloists

It is fitting that a concert entitled "Love, War, Peace" - played by highly talented musicians against a background of films of war - should be giving attention to the struggle for civil liberties and democracy in Zimbabwe. Money raised by the concert will go to victims of political violence via a fund organised by the President of Zimbabwe's Movement for Democracy (Morgan Tsvangirai).

STRAVINSKY The Soldiers Tale
MESSIAEN Quartet for the End of Time
SCHUBERT Shepherd on the Rock


BRECHT Bread of the People
REES From Marrickville to Bethlehem

Monday 1 September 2008, 7.00pm
Tickets: $25. On line booking at www.cityrecitalhall.com
Tel: 8256 2223