2009 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.

Global Progressive Politics in the Age of Obama

Public Meeting with Rabbi Michael Lerner

When: Tuesday 1st December 2009, 6-8 pm
Old Geology Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney (next to the Parramatta Road Footbridge)
Entry by Gold Coin donation

Rabbi Michael Lerner

  • Author of The Left Hand of God: Taking Our Country Back from the Religious Right
  • Chairperson, Network of Spiritual Progressives
  • Rabbi, Beyt Tikkun, San Francisco
  • Editor of TIKKUN magazine: A Bimonthly Jewish Critique of Politics, Culture and Society

TIKKUN is one of the most respected Jewish intellectual/cultural magazines, controversial because of its stand for Palestinian rights, and critiques of anti-religious and anti-spiritual biases of the secular Left.

The meeting will be Moderated by Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney.

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For further information contact: Keryn Scott or Lyn Dickens, CPACS, 9351 7686

Film screening and discussion

John Pilger, 2009 Sydney Peace Prize Recipient

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies invites you to a 15 minute film screening and discussion – journalism’s role in attaining peace with justice – with 2009 Sydney Peace Prize recipient, John Pilger.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009, 10 - 11.30am
Old Geology Lecture Theatre
The University of Sydney
Edgeworth David Geology Building, Science Road
Map reference D15

This event is by invitation only. Please RSVP before Monday, 9 November to Keryn Scott or Leah Chan or (02) 9351 7686.

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Burma's Border Conflict

With Keynote Speaker
Dr CYNTHIA MAUNG
and Dr Myint Cho and Associate Professor Jake Lynch

When: Thursday 20 August 2009, 12.00 – 2.00 pm
at Room 107, Mackie Building, University of Sydney
Entry by Gold Coin donation


Dr Cynthia Maung established and runs the Mae Tao Clinic on the Thai-Burma Border that treats hundreds of thousands of civilians affected by the conflict in Burma each year. Dr Cynthia Maung has been awarded numerous humanitarian awards for her devotion to the health and welfare of Burmese refugees and internally displaced persons.

Dr Myint Cho, National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (Burmese government in exile).

Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney.
A Joint Initiative of CPACS; APHEDA and Burma Campaign Australia.
For further information contact:
Keryn Scott or Lyn Dickens,
CPACS, 9351 7686

Sri Lanka's Human Rights Emergency

Bruce Haigh Political commentator and author; former Australian diplomat and Deputy High Commissioner to
Sri Lanka.

Dr John Whitehall Paediatrician and Associate Professor in Public Health at James Cook University; volunteer medical worker in Sri Lanka; finalist, Senior Australian of the Year, for raising relief funds for Tsunami victims.

Dr Sam Pari Tamil Human Rights Advocate; volunteer worker, post-war and post-tsunami regions of Sri Lanka.

We will also hear eyewitness accounts from government-run internment camps where 300,000 people are being held, away from the scrutiny of international humanitarian agencies and media.

When: Monday 31 August 2009, 6.30 – 8.30 pm
at the Footbridge Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney
Entry by Gold Coin donation

A Joint Initiative of CPACS and the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, UTS.

For further information contact:
Keryn Scott or Lyn Dickens,
CPACS, 9351 7686

After Israel’s Attack on Gaza: How do we work for peace and justice?

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies will be hosting a special event, After Israel’s Attack on Gaza: How do we work for peace and justice? The event will address what we can do to help Palestinians and Israelis working for peace.

When: Thursday May 7, 6pm to 8:30pm

Where: Holme and Sutherland Room, University of Sydney

  • Kerry Nettle – Former Senator, NSW Greens, on effectiveness in lobbying government;
  • Angela Budai – Jewish Activist, on reaching out to the Jewish community;
  • Speaker TBC – on Academic Boycott of Israel;
  • Associate Professor Jake Lynch – Director, CPACS, chairperson and facilitator;
  • Rihab Charida – Gaza Defence Committee, on BDS campaign;
  • Paul McAleer, MUA – on working with the Trade Unions and the Labor Party (invited);
  • Weller Zheng – CPACS, on lessons from social movement theory.

Please RSVP by May 6 if you wish to attend by contacting Keryn or Lyn on 02 9351 7686 or Click here to email

For more information, click here.

Introductory Training Workshop: Basic Mediation Skills

SATURDAY 23 and SUNDAY 24 MAY 2009

Facilitated by Abe Quadan, Master of Dispute Resolution, Accredited Mediator and Trainer, Restorative Justice Practitioner, former Youth Justice Conference Convenor, and Kathleen Dan, who holds qualifications in social work, adult education and theatre studies, and is an accredited mediator. Kathleen has consulted in both the private and public sectors for 15 years.

COST: $ 300.00
$ 150.00 Concession holders, CPACS members and students

INCLUDES: Course notes
Saturday and Sunday lunches, morning and afternoon refreshments

VENUE: Audiovisual Room, Department of Performance Studies
John Woolley Building, Manning Road, University of Sydney

DATES: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May 2009
TIMES: 9.30 am – 4:30 pm Saturday and Sunday

FURTHER INFORMATION AND REGISTRATIONS BY TUESDAY 19 MAY:
Lyn Dickens or Keryn Scott, Administrative Assistants
Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Mackie Building, KO1, University of Sydney, NSW 2006
Tel. 9351 7686 or Click here to email

To download a registration form click here

Introduction to Conflict Resolution Skills

SATURDAY 9 MAY 2009

9.30 am - 4.30 pm

Facilitated by Christina Batchen, Master of Arts (Peace and Conflict Studies), and Principal, Real Resolutions (Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Facilitation, Training).

1. Introduction to the 12 skills set developed by the Conflict Resolution Network; levels of conflict.

2. Empathy; developing the skill. Valuing difference in behavioural styles: DISC model. Empathy blockers. Active listening for different purposes: role play. Creating empathy.

3. Appropriate Assertiveness. Reactions to conflict: Fight, Flight, Flow. Responding as an alternative to reacting. I statements as a tool for developing appropriate assertiveness. Role play the difference between aggressive and assertive behaviours.

4. Co-operative power. Bases of power contributing to conflict. Distinguishing manipulation from influence. Understanding and transforming the power game triangle dynamic. Developing personal power; transforming “I should” to “I choose”.

5. Managing Emotions. Cycle of emotions. Emotions - bodymindenergy events –implications for health. Recognising, accepting and learning from emotional signals. Becoming a source of positive emotions, nourishing core needs.

6. Willingness to resolve. Projection and shadow. Self discovery exercise. Managing unwillingness to resolve in others.

COST: $ 60.00 full price
$ 40.00 concession holders, CPACS members and students

INCLUDES: course notes, morning and afternoon refreshments

VENUE: CPACS, Mackie Building, Seminar Room 107
(Arundel St, Glebe, over Parramatta Rd footbridge from main campus, University of Sydney)

FURTHER INFORMATION AND REGISTRATIONS BY TUESDAY 5 MAY:
Lyn Dickens or Keryn Scott, Administrative Assistants, 02 9351 7686,

Film Screening - Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War

Film Screening and Talk on Talisman Sabre war games

Film: Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War

This powerful and disturbing film is dedicated to
breaking the silence about the environmental impact of war.
The environment remains war’s silent casualty. From the production of weapons through combat to cleanup and restoration, war entails actions that pollute land, air, and water, destroy biodiversity, and drain natural resources. Yet the environmental damage caused by war and preparation for war is routinely underestimated, underreported, even ignored.

Talk: Dr Hannah Middleton, from the Sydney Peace Foundation and the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition, will talk about Talisman Sabre, the joint US-Australian military exercises held every two years in central Queensland, their environmental and other impacts and the peace convergence being organised to oppose them.

When: Thursday 30 April, 2009, 7 – 9pm
Room 107, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Mackie Building, Arundel Street, Glebe (near Parramatta Rd footbridge)

Soldiers of Peace - film screening

This award-winning documentary is an uplifting story of how community movements have brought the world towards an 'outbreak of peace'.

A discussion session with the film's director, Tim Wise, Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director of the Centre, and Stuart Rees, Director of the Sydney Peace Foundation, will accompany the screening.

When: Thursday 19 March, 2009, 7pm
at The Footbridge Lecture Theatre,
The University of Sydney.

Israel and Palestine - Towards and Apartheid State?

Seminar with guest speaker Professor Jeff Helper, Israel Committee Agains House Demolitions

Jeff Halper is the author of Obstacles to Peace, a resource manual of articles and maps on the Israel/Palestine conflict. His new book, An Israeli on Palestine, focuses on his work against the occupation.

When: Friday 20th March, 2009, 12 - 2pm
at the H R Carne Lecture Theatre, R M C Gunn Building
The University of Sydney
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