ACU (Australian Catholic University)

ACU Alum

Issue 2, Winter 2012


ACU Voice: Ethics and Euthanasia

Should we have the right to decide on our own life and death? Can euthanasia ever be justified? Is there an ethical difference between killing someone and letting them die?

Euthanasia is is derived from the Greek word euthanatos, which means easy death. It is against the law in Australia, and has long been at the centre of emotional debates on the religious, ethical and practical considerations.

Join the heated discussion, led by Dr Bernadette Tobin, as a diverse expert panel discusses ethics and euthanasia at the University's third ACU Voice public speaker event.

Dr Tobin is Director of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics, a joint initiative of ACU and St. Vincents & Mater Health, Sydney, for the study of ethical issues in health care and biomedical research.

She will be joined by Philip Nitschke, euthanasia campaigner and founder of Exit International, and Father Frank Brennan AO, Professor of Law at ACU's Public Policy Institute.

When:Wednesday 20 June – 5.30pm drinks for 6.30pm start (concludes 8pm)
Where:  The Australian Museum Theatrette, 6 College Street, Sydney
RSVP:By Friday 15 June to
Contact: Email or phone 02 9739 2221

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

The Simone Weil Lecture in Human Value 

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy Professor Richard Kearney will explore the healing function of narrative, in both fiction and history. Starting with Aristotle’s famous definition of catharsis in the Poetics, he will trace the therapeutic role of storytelling from ancient myth to the modern novel. He will also engage with recent controversies on the moral and spiritual importance of trauma testimonies.

Register online at

North Sydney Campus - Monday 18 June at 6pm, Ryan Auditorium 

Melbourne Campus - Thursday 21 June at 6pm, Mercy Lecture Theatre 

Brisbane Campus - Thursday 14 June at 6.30pm, Lecture Theatre IB.12

Art From Inside

Prison Fellowship Australia Queensland (PFQ) will hold an art exhibition of inmate’s creative expressions at ACU Brisbane’s Peter Sheehan Gallery from 17 May to 1 June.

The exhibition supports the therapy conducted within the prison, with entries including painting, sculpture, installations, ceramics, drawing and applied art.

The Clancy Prize for Religious Art

The 13th Annual Clancy Prize Religious Art Exhibition for Catholic Secondary Schools calls on high school students to explore the theme "There where you are, you will find God" through visual art.

An exhibition of their work will be held at the ACU Melbourne Gallery from 28 June to 12 July.      

256 Images of Aung San Suu Kyi 

An exhibition of images of one of the world’s most renowned human rights activist, Aung San Suu Kyi will be held at the McGlade Gallery at ACU’s Strathfield Campus from 7 July to 31 July.

The exhibition will feature original works of the pro-democracy leader submitted by the public. 

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