6 October 2009: Professor Raimond Gaita, Foundation Professor of Philosophy at Australian Catholic University (ACU), presented the inaugural ACT Councils Rights of the Child Lecture to mark the 90th anniversary of Save the Children.
Professor Gaita presented the lecture entitled For Love of our Children and for Love of the World: Reflections on Rights, Needs and Hope at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.
Hope (as we sometimes speak of it with a capital H) takes it deepest and most secure form when it is transformed by an unconditional love of the world. Hope thus transformed is the greatest gift we can offer children, he suggested.
Professor Gaita, based at the Universitys Melbourne Campus, is also a Professor of Moral Philosophy at Kings College, London. His research interests and publications lie largely in the field of ethics. He is the author of the 1998 prize-winning memoir, Romulus, My Father, which has been made into a feature film of the same name.
I think it is important for philosophers to address an educated and hard-thinking lay audience as well as their colleagues, Professor Gaita said.
Save the Children has been fighting for childrens rights since 1919 and provides aid to children worldwide by supplying food and medicine.
Additional guest speakers at the 90th anniversary lecture also included Suzanne Dvorak, CEO of Save the Children Australia, and Professor Hilary Charlesworth, Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice at Australian National University.
Professor Gaita is also an ambassador for the Mirabel Foundation, which provides assistance to children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental illicit drug use and are now in the care of extended family.