Australian Catholic University, North Sydney Campus
20-23 July 2015
Australian Catholic University (ACU) is organising a series of academic seminars and guided cultural tours for interested participants of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) 25th General Assembly, AUSJAL General Assembly 2015, Jesuit Higher Education Conference 2015, and Presidents’ Roundtable.
To be held from 20 – 23 July 2015 in Sydney, the program of events includes seminars on leaders of tomorrow’s Catholic schools; students, learning and teaching; and community engagement. Also included are guided cultural tours of the Mary MacKillop Place Museum, ACU North Sydney Campus, and a Tribal Warrior Cultural Cruise on the waters of beautiful Sydney Harbour.
Registration now open
Registration is free for all registered delegates of the IFCU 25th General Assembly and related events. All guided tours are also open to delegate partners/spouses.
Tribal Warrior Cultural Cruise (including lunch on board)
Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in an Aboriginal cultural cruise on the waters of beautiful Sydney Harbour. The cruise will depart from Eastern Pontoon, Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour. While aboard the ‘Mari Nawi’ cruiser, delegates will discover Aboriginal culture and enjoy the sights of Sydney in the relaxed and friendly company of their Aboriginal hosts and crew. Delegates will learn the Aboriginal names of significant Sydney landmarks, and will visit a National Park island and enjoy an Aboriginal cultural experience. Walking shoes and umbrella are recommended.
5.30pm - 7.30pm
Faculty of Education and Arts Anniversary Seminar: Who will lead tomorrow’s Catholic schools?
Professor David Hall fms, Dean, La Salle Academy for Religious Education
David’s expertise and interest is in the evangelisation of young people and the training and support of those who engage in this mission. It is from among these people that the leaders of tomorrow’s Catholic schools will emerge. Dr Hall proposes that ecclesial leadership now and into the future will need to be more prophetic and more mystical. In this seminar he will explore what this means in the context of Australian Catholic education.
Level 22, Tenison Woods House, 8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney
Finding Our Way to the Common Good: The Importance of People, Principles, Programs and Structures
Professor Jude Butcher cfc AM, Director, Institute for Advancing Community Engagement
An essential feature of Catholic social teaching is its insistence on subsidiarity: the principle that what individuals can do should not be taken over by larger social groups, and that what small social groups can do should not be taken over by larger ones. In practical terms, this principle also requires that decisions be made at the level closest to those they affect. The principle of subsidiarity reinforces and gives a practical expression to the principles of the dignity of the human person, and participation. It is a helpful guide for us as we work towards the common good in a world of many cultures, increasing complexity and interdependence, of great disparities in income, infrastructure and security. Together we will examine some ACU and other community engagement programs and structures in terms of:
the people and communities with whom we share spaces of engagement
why engagement is at the heart of the mission of a Catholic University
ways that the university community can build collaborative and mutually beneficial pathways to engagement
assessing our participation in advancing the Common Good
what are we learning from our engagement, about our mission as Catholic universities and communities.
Room 16AB, Level 16, Tenison Woods House, 8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney
12.30pm - 2pm
Level 16, Tenison Woods House, 8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney
Flights and accommodation
Flights and accommodation will be at delegate’s own expense. Several flights are available daily from Melbourne to Sydney operated by a number of airlines including Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, and Tiger Airways. We recommend that you arrive in Sydney by Sunday, 19 July so you have plenty of time to rest before the cruise and seminar on Monday.
Below is a list of recommended hotels conveniently located near the ACU Sydney Campus. Links to their websites are provided to assist you in the booking process.