2016 Blackfriars Lecture Series

Theme: 'Young People: Empowering Our Future'

The Blackfriars Lecture Series was established to honour the contributions of the Dominican Friars to the Canberra Campus of Australian Catholic University. For 800 years the Dominican Orders have been committed to the ongoing, systematic and critical search for Truth in all its forms. These lectures provide an opportunity for the University to engage the community in the ongoing quest for the true, the beautiful and the good.

Upcoming lectures

19 October

"Safeguarding our young - Empowering our young - reflections from a Royal Commissioner" by Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM, Royal Commissioner of the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Time: 5:30 - 7pm
Location: B10, Blackfriars Building, 129 Philip Avenue, Watson ACT


2 November

"The state of Reconciliation in Australia - Our history, our story our future" by Justin Mohamed, CEO Reconciliation Australia

Time: 5:30 - 7pm
Location: B10, Blackfriars Building, 129 Philip Avenue, Watson ACT


29 November

Julie Tongs OAM, CEO Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service

Time: 5:30 - 7pm
Location: B10, Blackfriars Building, 129 Philip Avenue, Watson ACT


Past lectures

17 November 2015

"Parent Engagement & Student Learning" by Dr Dianne Jackson, CEO of Australian Research  Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)

Time: 5:30-7:00pm
Location: Blackfriars Building, 129 Philip Avenue, Watson ACT


20 October 2015

"Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church" by Mr Francis  Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council

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25 August 2015

"Children at the Centre: putting child rights into practice" by Ms Megan  Mitchell, National Children’s  Commissioner

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21 July 2015

"Reforming in Child Protection: time for a new paradigm?" by Dr Adam  Tomison, Honorary  Professor with the Institute of Child Protection Studies

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9 June 2015

"The deliberately silenced and the preferably unheard: families and children in a polarized society"
Dr John Falzon

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23 September 2014

"Human Rights and Human Dignity" by Professor Raimond Gaita


28 August 2014

"Asylum Seekers and the Limitations of Human Rights" by Dr David Corlett


7 August 2014

"A Case Study on Human Rights in the ACT – 2014 Audit of Women’s Conditions of Detention at the Alexander Maconochie Centre" by Dr Helen Watchirs


26 June 2014

"Two cheers for human rights"
Dr Anne Gallagher AO, United Nations Adviser

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29 May 2014

"The end of rights and the beginning of responsibilities"
Mr Tim Wilson, Australian Human Rights Commissioner

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10 April 2014

"Human Rights, the national interest and the will of the people"
Fr Frank Brennan SJ

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