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Social cohesion symposium at Macquarie

15 June, 2007

Here are the details of an upcoming symposium to be held at Macquarie.

National Social Cohesion Symposium:
Australian Muslims – Growing Together or Apart

29 June 7pm Macquarie University

As a framework for living with cultural diversity the ideal of
multiculturalism has come under increasing attack in recent years both
in Australia and overseas. In the last two years a subtle shift in
policy and discourse has begun to take place involving a greater
emphasis on notions such as ‘integration’ and ‘social cohesion’. This
shift in debate comes at a time of increased concern in some circles
over the ability of certain ethnic communities, especially Muslims, to
integrate into Australian society, despite Australia’s reputation as a
nation committed to the notion of a ‘fair go’. This symposium will
provide a platform for informed debate on these current trends in
Australian multiculturalism.

Speakers include:

* Prof Terry Lovat – Pro-Vice Chancellor, Education & Arts, Newcastle
* Prof Ghassan Hage Chair, Department of Anthropology, Sydney University
* Assoc Prof Greg Noble – School of Humanities and Languages, UWS
* Dr Eva Cox – Chair, Women’s Electoral Lobby Australia, Senior
Lecturer, UTS
* Peter Manning – Author, TV producer, Journalism Lecturer, UTS
* Mehmet Ozalp – Author, President, Affinity Intercultural Foundation

6:45 for 7:00pm start,
Mason Theatre, Building E7B
Macquarie University,
Balaclava Rd, North Ryde

$15 per person on entry.

For registrations email:


Convened by

Affinity Intercultural Foundation
Macquarie University
University of Technology, Sydney
Newcastle University

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