ACU to sponsor a public lecture 'The Right to be Bigots?' at the Wheeler Centre this month.
When Attorney-General Senator George Brandis stated that people have the right to be bigots he provoked a public outcry. At the forefront of the public conversation were questions such as "do the new laws licence bigotry and will they lead to increased racial tension?"
Australian Catholic University's new Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry and The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) are proud to sponsor a public lecture ‘The Right to be Bigots?' at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne this month.
The Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC and some of Australia's leading sociologists will discuss section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act (1975) and its role in Australian multiculturalism.
Other speakers include Professor Farida Fozdar, ARC Future Fellow, University of Western Australia; and Professor Andrew Markus, Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation, Monash University.
Professor Farida is one of Australia's foremost experts on national identity and racism. Her work on racism (including her finding that those who fly Australian flags on their cars are more likely to be racist) has been widely covered in the media.
Professor Markus has published extensively on Australian immigration and race relations. He heads the Scanlon Foundation social cohesion research program, which is to issue its sixth annual report in 2013. He is also the principal researcher on the Australian Jewish population and Yiddish Melbourne research projects.