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Issue 1, Spring 2011



ACU Voice: The Ethics of War

Is war a vital evil in the protection of human rights? Should scientists take responsibility for the weapons they create that enable grand scale destruction?

Join the heated debate, led by Dr John Forge, as a diverse expert panel discusses the ethics of war at the University's inaugural ACU Voice public speaker event to be held at The Australian Museum on 20 October.

Guest speaker Dr Forge, winner of the ACU Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics, will be joined by Claire Mallinson, National Director of Amnesty International Australia; Father Frank Brennan AO, Professor of Law at ACU's Public Policy Institute; and Professor Tony Coady, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.

When: Thursday 20 October - 6pm drinks for 6.30pm start (concludes 8pm)

Where: The Australian Museum  Theatrette, 6 College Street, Sydney

RSVP: By Friday 14 October to or phone 07 3623 7498

Contact: To find out more,email or phone 02 9739 2221

There will be time for audience members to engage in a Q&A session with the panel. To submit your questions, please engage on Twitter using @ACUVoice or #ACUVoice or email

ACU Voice is a free public speaker series that examines a range of topical issues through a guest lecturer and expert panel discussion format. Held quarterly, the series is designed to encourage public debate. To find out more visit


ACU Education Research Week

Research Week 2011, to be held from 3-7 October, will profile the current research activities of ACU education staff and students and provide opportunities for prospective Higher Degree Research students, the community and research partners to find out more about what ACU education can offer.

A range of activities, workshops and presentations will be held on each campus.

All events are free but registration is essential. For more information visit


Nursing Research Symposium

St Vincent's & Mater Health Sydney and ACU will host a Nursing Research Symposium on Thursday 24 November, 9am-4.30pm.

The event will feature a variety of multi-disciplinary and nursing research, with the aim of bringing together those who are interested in or actively involved in research.

Attendance is free but you must register your name, place of employment and contact details by 10 November, 2011, at


Business MBA and postgraduate information sessions

Information sessions on postgraduate courses and the Master of Business Administration will be held frequently in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

For information on dates and locations please call 1300 615 511 or email


Guinness and God

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven will be the guest speaker at Guinness and God on Tuesday 4 October, 2011.

Held from 6.30pm-9pm at King O'Malley's pub in Garema Place, Canberra, the evening is an opportunity to meet other young Catholics from around Canberra, share a meal, and listen to a speaker break open a relevant topic in a comfortable environment.


Euthanasia: The issues

ACU, in cooperation with the Catholic Education Office's Department of Religious Education & Evangelisation, will host a public seminar on the legal, ethical and theological issues involved in the euthanasia debate on Monday 17 October.

Presenters include Robert Pelletier, a lawyer and lecturer in Civil Procedure and Criminal Law at the University of Notre Dame; Professor Robert Gascoigne, a British Commonwealth Scholar and Professor of Theology at ACU; and Associate Professor Bernadette Tobin, Director of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics and Reader in Philosophy at ACU.

The seminar will be held at Parliament House in Sydney from 9am-3pm. The cost is $14 per person and lunch is included.

Register online at

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