Institute for Ethics and Society

Events

 Upcoming

The Religion and Global Society Annual Lecture for 2017

The Religion and Global Society Annual Lecture for 2017 will be given by Professor Erin Wilson from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Professor Wilson is the Director of the Centre for Religion, Conflict, and the Public Domain, and she has published on religion and global justice, globalization, active citizenship and the politics of asylum. She has most recently edited the volume, Religion and the Humanitarian Crisis (2017). Professor Wilson’s visit will coincide with the Religion and Global Society Program symposium, Religion and the Humanitarian Challenge, on August 9th & 10th 2017.

Religion and the Humanitarian Challenge: The Religion and Global Society Symposium 2017

The Religion and Global Society program are pleased to announce their symposium on Religion and the Humanitarian Challenge, August 9th & 10th at the University of Notre Dame Australia (Broadway Campus), organised around the visit of Dr Erin Wilson from the University of Groningen. For full details, including instructions for submitting an abstract for consideration, please see the Symposium web-page.


Distinguished Visitor in Moral Philosophy

The Institute for Ethics and Society is proud to host Professor Candace Vogler as a distinguished visitor to the Univesity of Notre Dame Australia from 19 August – 7 September 2017. Professor Vogler is Professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago, Director of the Templeton project ‘Virtue, Happiness & the Meaning of Life’ and one of the world’s leading moral philosophers. More information...

 

Ongoing

IES Research Seminar

The IES Research Seminar provides a forum for IES researchers, adjuncts, interested collaborators and visiting scholars to present their current research projects. Details for specific presentations can be found above in the upcoming events section. If you would like to give a paper at this seminar, please contact Annette: annette.pierdziwol@nd.edu.au

Annual Staff Ethics Education Forum

Launched in April 2015 with great success, the IES plans to make its Staff Ethics Education forum an annual event in the Notre Dame calendar. Details of this year’s event program can be found below in the past events section.

QndA

 

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2016

The School of Medicine, Sydney in conjunction with the Institute of Ethics and Society are pleased to host this event which will provide important insights relevant to the current political and social policy debate on legalising euthanasia in Australia.

Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and Director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, CancerCare Manitoba. His seminal publications have helped define core-competencies and standards of end-of-life care worldwide. Last year the Federal Government appointed him to chair a panel, examining options for a legislative response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to introduce physician-hastened death.

Margaret Somerville is Professor of Bioethics in the School of Medicine, Sydney at The University of Notre Dame Australia and Samuel Gale Professor of Law Emerita, Professor Emerita in the Faculty of Medicine, and Founding Director Emerita of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University, Montreal where she taught from 1978 to 2016. She has a distinguished academic record and an extensive national and international publishing and speaking record and is a frequent commentator in all forms of media. Her most recent book is Bird on an Ethics Wire: Battles about Values in the Culture Wars (MQUP 2015).

Date: Tuesday 15 November
Time: 5.30pm for 6.00pm
Venue: Level 2 Lecture Theatre - 160 Oxford St Darlinghurst

For catering purposes, please RSVP by Tuesday 8 November, 2016

For more information Tel: (02) 8204 4455 or email: susan.jones@nd.edu.au

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14 September 2016
Prof Elizabeth Shakman Hurd
2016 Religion & Global Affairs Lecture

The Religion & Global Affairs Program at the Institute for Ethics & Society invites you to hear one of the world’s leading scholars in the study of religion and international relations.

In recent years, Western nations have sought to legally remake religion in other countries through an unprecedented array of international initiatives. Policymakers have rallied around the notion that the fostering of religious freedom, interfaith dialogue, religious tolerance, and protections for religious minorities are the keys to combating persecution and discrimination around the globe.

In this public lecture, Professor Elizabeth Shakman Hurd will ask:

What prospects do these government-sponsored initiatives have for success? Drawing on her ground-breaking book Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion (Princeton University Press, 2015) Professor Hurd will consider whether the politics of promoting religious freedom may create the very social tensions that they intend to overcome.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion featuring Professor Hurd and other international scholars.

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd is Professor of political science and religious studies at Northwestern University, Chicago, USA. She is the author of Beyond Religious Freedom, The Politics of Secularism in International Relations, and the co-editor of Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age and Politics of Religious Freedom. For the past decade she has challenged established assumptions and helped set new directions in the study of religion and world politics. Her commentary on global affairs has been published in The Atlantic, Washington Post, Boston Review, Huffington Post, and Chicago Tribune.

Date: Wednesday 14 September 2016
Time: 5.30pm (Refreshments at 5pm)
Venue: St Benedict’s Hall NDS2 | Room 140 The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus
RSVP: By Sunday 11 September to ies@nd.edu.au
Cost: Attendance is free

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14 – 15 September 2016
2016 Religion & Global Affairs Symposium

In honour of Professor Elizabeth Shakman Hurd’s visit to the University of Notre Dame Australia, the IES is proud to host an interdisciplinary symposium around the theme of the politics of religious freedom in the Asia-Pacific. Attendance at the symposium is open to researchers and postgraduate’s working in the field.

For RSVPs and inquiries, please contact A/Prof John Rees, Convenor of the IES Religion and Global Affairs Program, rgap@nd.edu.au

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Visiting Expert in Ethics Education at the Institute for Ethics & Society, Sydney campus - 16-22 September, 2016

Prof. Mary Gentile
Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
Creator and Director of Giving Voice to Values

Public Lecture
‘Giving Voice to Values: How to find your voice and lead with integrity’
Thursday 22 September, 6.30pm
St Benedict's Hall, Broadway Campus
YouTube Recording of Lecture

Intensive GVV Training Workshop
‘How to Use GVV in your teaching’ (for academics and ethics educators)
Tuesday 13 September, 1 – 4pm OR
Wednesday 21 September, 4pm – 7pm (repeat)
NDS16-103 (Moorgate Directors' Boardroom), Broadway Campus.

Ethical Leadership Breakfast (Healthcare focus)
‘Giving Voice to Values in Healthcare Contexts’
Friday 16 September, 7.30 – 9am
NDS14-701 (Governors' Boardroom), Darlinghurst Campus.

Academic Symposium
‘Philosophical Moorings of ‘Giving Voice to Values’: In Conversation with Prof. Mary Gentile
Monday 19 September, 9am – 3 pm
NDS15/301 (School of Business Boardroom), Broadway Campus

Professional Development Seminar
‘Voicing your Values at Work’ (open to all UNDA academic and general staff)
Tuesday 20 September, 12.30 – 1.30pm
NDS2/322, Broadway Campus

Giving Voice to Values in Healthcare Contexts (Melbourne event)
Wednesday 14 September, 5:15 – 6:45pm
Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade East Melbourne


29th August 2016
Prof Margaret Somerville and A/Prof Natasha Michael
Euthanasia and Palliative Care: Medical and Ethical Perspectives

This is an Institute for Ethics and Society (IES) event, in partnership with Catholic Health Australia.

Speakers

World-renowned bioethicist Margaret Somerville is Professor of Bioethics in the School of Medicine at The University of Notre Dame Australia and is affiliated with the Institute for Ethics and Society, also at Notre Dame. She was previously Professor of Law, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University, Montreal.

Dr Natasha Michael is Director of Palliative Medicine at Cabrini Health in Melbourne, as well as Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Notre Dame’s Melbourne Clinical School.

Workshop Structure

  • Professor Margaret Somerville: ‘Why Assisted Dying is not a Medical Treatment’
  • Associate Professor Natasha Michael: ‘Reflections on Palliative Care: Theoretical and Practical Issues’
  • Interactive discussion session

Date: Monday 29th August 2016
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: Governor’s Boardroom (NDS14-701), The University of Notre Dame Australia, Darlinghurst Campus

Event flyer [pdf]

For further enquiries, please email ies@nd.edu.au



21 July 2016
Scott Stephens
Moral Attention in a Media Age

Date: Thursday 21st July 2016
Time: 1-2pm
Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Business Boardroom, 29-35 Shepherd Street, Chippendale, NSW

Speaker

Scott Stephens is Editor of the ABC's Religion and Ethics website, and specialist commentator on religion and ethics for ABC radio and television. He is also co-host (with Waleed Aly) of The Minefield on Radio National. He presented two series of the critically acclaimed "Life's Big Questions" program on ABC1, and is guest presenter of Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC local radio, as well as Philosopher’s Zone and Counterpoint on Radio National. He has published widely on moral philosophy, theology and political theory, and is currently writing a book on whether public ethics can survive in a media age. Before coming to the ABC, he taught theological ethics and Hebrew exegesis for many years, and served as a lay pastor in the Uniting Church in Australia. Before joining the ABC Scott also taught theology for many years, and has written extensively on philosophy, theology, ethics and politics.

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IES Research Seminar
Semester 1

The IES Research Seminar will be held fortnightly in Semester 1 on Wednesdays, 12.30-1.30pm. All welcome!

24 February - Dr Christopher Mayes (VELIM, University of Sydney): 'Australian Bioethics, a Distinct History' (NDS5-402 Directors' Boardroom, Pioneer House, Broadway campus)

9 March - A/Prof Philip Cam (UNSW): 'A Philosophical Approach to Moral Education' (NDS5-402 Directors' Boardroom, Pioneer House, Broadway campus)

23 March - Dr Dan Flemming (Broken Bay Institute): 'New Insights About, and Challenges for, Conscience Formation' (NDS5-402 Directors' Boardroom, Pioneer House, Broadway campus)

6 April - Dr Wendy Lipworth (VELIM, University of Sydney): 'Conflicts of Interest in Neoliberal Times: Perspectives of Australian medical students' (NDS14-701 Governors' Boardroom, Darlinghurst Campus)

27 April - Dr Laura D'Olimpio (UNDA, Fremantle): Provisional topic: 'Philosophy in Schools, Narrative and Empathetic Engagement' (NDS5-402 Directors' Boardroom, Pioneer House, Broadway campus)

11 May - Dr Stephen Matthews (The Centre for Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics, ACU): Title TBC (NDS5-402 Directors' Boardroom, Pioneer House, Broadway campus)

25 May - Dr Audrey Stratham (University of Melbourne): Title TBC (NDS5-402 Directors' Boardroom, Pioneer House, Broadway campus)

For further details and abstracts for individual talks, see below. Enquiries: ies@nd.edu.au


IES Reading Group on Ethics Education
Semester 1

The Institute for Ethics & Society will be hosting a reading group on the broad area of Ethics Education during Semester 1. The group will meet fortnightly on Wednesdays 12.30-1.30pm.

The first discussion will be Wednesday 16th March, 12.30-1.30pm on the article: Muriel J. Bebeau and Verna E. Monson, “A theoretical and evidence-based approach for designing professional ethics education” in 'Handbook of Moral and Character Education' (2nd edn), edited by Larry Nucci, D...

Future readings will relate to topics in the areas of professional ethics education and moral philosophy (e.g., the cultivation of virtue) and moral psychology, and some weeks will focus on articles critically examining the “Giving Voice to Values” approach to ethics education.

Meetings will be held in Pioneer House, The University of Notre Dame Australia (Broadway Campus). See below for room numbers.

All are welcome to attend. Please email annette.pierdziwol@nd.edu.au for further information and copies of the readings.

Dates and rooms:
16 March - Pioneer House, Director's Boardroom (NDS5-402)
30 March - Pioneer House, Director's Boardroom (NDS5-402)
20 April - Meeting Room, Pioneer House (NDS5-609)
4 May - Pioneer House, Director's Boardroom (NDS5-402)
18 May - Pioneer House, Director's Boardroom (NDS5-402)



11 July 2016
William Cavanaugh Symposium
Economy, idolatry and secularism

Date: Monday 11th July 2016
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm (all sessions are open to visitors throughout the day)
Venue: University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Broadway Campus, Moorgate Director’s Boardroom (NDS16-103)

William T. Cavanaugh is the Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology (CWCIT) and a Professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. He is an internationally recognised scholar working at the intersection of political theology, economic ethics, and ecclesiology.

At the symposium:

  • Prof William Cavanaugh will compare conceptions of the economic realm in the period of Vatican II with contemporary statements on the global economy by Pope Francis.
  • Four academics will respond to themes raised in Prof Cavanaugh’s work.
  • Q&A sessions will offer attendees a chance to discuss themes of critical importance to the theological study of global affairs.

This unique event is hosted by the Religion and Global Affairs Program at the Institute for Ethics and Society, University of Notre Dame Australia, in partnership with Australian Catholic University and Campion College.

Event flyer [pdf]

For more information please contact Associate Professor John Rees at: rgap@nd.edu.au

Please send RSVPs to: ies@nd.edu.au



11 July 2016
Roundtable Breakfast with William Cavanaugh
Economy, Idolatry and Secularisation

Date: Monday 11th July, 2016
Time: 7.45-9.30am
Venue: L1, 104 Broadway, Broadway (Presbytery building)

Fifteen places are available to take part in a roundtable discussion over breakfast with Professor William Cavanaugh. Places are open to those with an active research interest in the central themes of Cavanaugh’s work. Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

William T. Cavanaugh is the author of seven books, including The Myth of Religious Violence (Oxford, 2009), and Migrations of the Holy (Eerdmans, 2011), and he is co-editor of the journal Modern Theology. He is the Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology (CWCIT) and a Professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. He is an internationally recognised scholar working at the intersection of political theology, economic ethics, and ecclesiology.

Participants in the roundtable will be asked to prepare a couple of questions and/or a “three minute thesis” they would like to discuss with the group. The discussion will be informal but moderated in order to ensure everyone has a chance to participate. A catered breakfast will be provided.

To apply to take part please email a brief biography and statement regarding your research interest in Prof. Cavanaugh’s work to: ies@nd.edu.au

Event flyer [pdf]



12 May 2016
IES Public Lecture
The Challenge of Barbarianism and How to Deal with It

Date: Thursday 12th May 2016
Time: 6.30pm (refreshments available from 6.00pm)
Venue: St Benedict’s Hall, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Broadway Campus

Hosted by the Institute for Ethics and Society (IES), at The University of Notre Dame Australia, and supported by the Order of Malta (NSW Branch) as part of its 2016 lecture series.

Notre Dame presents one of the world’s foremost Catholic philosophers and a significant public intellectual, Professor John Haldane, who has been appointed to a Visiting Professorship. He holds professorships at Universities in the UK and USA, codirects the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (University of St Andrews); Research Fellow of the Center for Ethics and Culture, (University of Notre Dame, USA), and Chair of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, London. Professor Haldane will be presenting a public lecture on the topic of Sex and Society.

Professor Haldane will be presenting a public lecture on The Challenge of Barbarianism and How to Deal with It:

‘The idea of barbarians as besiegers and destroyers of civilisation arose in the first millennium as western cultures found themselves challenged, threatened, attacked and sometimes destroyed by ‘alien forces’. With the rise in the third millennium of aggressive, militant ideological groups originating outside of the West, including jihadist terrorists such as those of ISIL/Daesh, the term terms ‘barbarism' and ‘barbarianism' are gaining currency in official political discourse. This lecture will explore these issues and suggest means of dealing with barbarianism, be it internal or external.’

Event flyer [pdf]

For further enquiries, or to RSVP your attendance, please email: ies@nd.edu.au



9 May 2016
Roundtable Lunch with Prof. John Haldane
Moral, Social and Political Philosophy

Date: Monday 9th May, 2016
Time: 12.15 pm - 2 pm
Venue: L1, 104 Broadway, Broadway (Presbytery building), The University of Notre Dame Australia, Broadway Campus

Fifteen places are available to take part in a roundtable discussion over lunch with John Haldane, Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Places are open to those with an active research interest in the central themes of Haldane's work, with a particular focus on moral, social and political philosophy. Senior undergraduate, postgraduate and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Professor Haldane is currently the J. Newton Rayzor Distinguished Chair in Philosophy at Baylor University, USA. He is also Professor of Moral Philosophy and co-director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs in the University of St Andrews, Scotland; Visiting Professor in the Centre for Character and Virtues in the University of Birmingham, England; Permanent Research Fellow of the Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame, USA, and Chair of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, London. Professor Haldane has published 200 academic papers, and authored many books, including 'Practical Philosophy: Ethics, Society and Culture' (2009). Professor Haldane is also founding and general editor of St Andrews Studies in Philosophy and Public Affairs.

Participants in the roundtable will be asked to prepare a couple of questions and/or a "three minute thesis" they would like to discuss with the group. The discussion will be informal but moderated in order to ensure everyone has a chance to participate. A catered lunch will be provided.

To apply to take part please email a brief biography and statement regarding your research interest in Prof. Haldane's work in the area of moral, social and political philosophy to ies@nd.edu.au.

Event flyer [pdf]



27 April 2016
IES Research Seminar
Dr Laura D’Olimpio: “Philosophy, Narrative and Empathetic engagement”

Time: Wednesday 27 April 2016, Fremantle 10.30-11.30am / Sydney 12.30-1.30pm
Venue: Fremantle ND1-201 / Sydney (by video-link): NDS5-402.

Speaker: Dr Laura D’Olimpio is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at The University of Notre Dame Australia. Laura completed her PhD 'The Moral Possibilities of Mass Art' at The University of Western Australia. Her Thesis examines the moral impact of mass artworks, particularly film, in society. Laura has published in the areas of philosophical pedagogy, aesthetics and ethics and is a regular contributor to The Conversation and Radio National’s Philosopher’s Zone. Laura is Chairperson of the Association for Philosophy in Schools (APIS, Inc., W.A.) and co-editor of the open access Journal of Philosophy in Schools (www.ojs.unisa.edu.au/index.php/jps/).

Abstract: Following neo-Aristotelians Alasdair MacIntyre and Martha Nussbaum, I claim that we are story-telling animals who learn from the stories of diverse others. Moral agents use rational emotions such as compassion to imagine ‘what it is like’ for another prior to deciding how they should act. Narrative artworks (i.e. novels and films) allow us the opportunity to engage imaginatively and empathetically with diverse characters and scenarios in a safe protected space that is created by the fictional world. By practicing what Nussbaum calls a ‘loving attitude’, her version of ethical attention, we can form virtuous habits that lead to phronesis (practical wisdom). A pragmatic approach to moral education assumes we learn interactively by doing because we are social creatures. I will illustrate this claim using the example of Philosophy for Children (P4C) where philosophy is a praxis, conducted in a classroom setting using a Community of Inquiry (CoI). Advocates of P4C recognise students as embodied meaning-makers who are rational as well as affective: thinking as well as feeling. As such, narrative artworks provide useful stimulus material to engage students, generate student questions, and motivate philosophical dialogue and the formation of good habits.

Event flyer [pdf]

For further enquiries please email ies@nd.edu.au


6 April 2016
IES Research Seminar
Dr. Wendy Lipworth, “Conflicts of Interest in Neoliberal Times: Perspectives of Australian medical students”

Time: Wednesday 6 April 2016, 12.30-1.30pm / Fremantle: 10.30 – 11.30am
Venue: Darlinghurst Governor’s Boardroom (NDS14-701), UNDA Darlinghurst Campus, Sydney. Also available in Fremantle by video-link: ND19-112 (DVC meeting room).

Speaker: Dr. Wendy Lipworth is a medically trained bioethicist and health social scientist, and Senior Research Fellow, currently working at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney. She oversees a program of research that focuses primarily on the ethics and politics of biomedical innovation, with a particular emphasis on: (1) Health technology and medicines innovation: How health technologies (especially medicines, but also medicial devices, diagnostics, biological therapies and complementary medicines) are discovered, tested, commercialised, regulated, funded and translated into clinical practice; (2) Research involving biobanks/big data; and (3) Biomedical publication.

Abstract: Medical professionals are deeply—and increasingly—dependent upon pharmaceutical companies to provide them with continuing medical education and research funding. While such interactions are often mutually beneficial, they also raise concerns about potential ‘conflicts of interest’ on the part of medical professionals—particularly when the interactions involve exchanges of value in the form of money, gifts, food, drug samples, or services. In this talk I will discuss the problem of financial "conflict of interest" in health and medicine, I will then report on the findings from 6 focus groups conducted with Australian medical students, which explored students’ perceptions of conflicts of interest and the influence of commercial values in health care and medical education. Finally, I will discuss the implications of these findings for medical education.

Event flyer [pdf]

For further enquiries please email ies@nd.edu.au

 

23 March 2016
IES Research Seminar
Dr. Dan Fleming, “New Insights About, and Challenges for, Conscience Formation”

Time: Wednesday 23 March 2016, 12.30-1.30pm
Venue: Directors' Boardroom, Pioneer House (NDS5-402), UNDA Broadway Campus ( map)

Speaker: Dr Dan Fleming is Dean of Studies and Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at The Broken Bay Institute. He is also a conjoint lecturer for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle, and an adjunct lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Tasmania. Dan holds a PhD in moral philosophy and theology, and he is the author of 17 publications in the areas of moral theology, social ethics, religious education, moral education and theology. His most recent publication is forthcoming in the international journal Teaching Religion and Theology and is focused on the philosophy and experience of theological education.

Abstract: In this presentation I will focus in on some of the implications of the vision of conscience developed in the Second Vatican Council’s Gaudium et spes: that radical, and universal, call to personal moral responsibility which all people must answer through seeking to understand what constitutes moral goodness, and committing themselves to dispositions and actions – indeed to whole lives – which respond adequately to this call. This, combined with the emphasis on the historical and developmental nature of human persons found in the Conciliar documents and reflections in moral theology since, lends itself to an emphasis on the formation of conscience, a phenomenon that has been well studied in the field of moral education. With attention to this field, I will present recent challenges to the Catholic understanding of conscience, including new forms of determinism arising in some of the sciences. I will provide a defense of the Catholic understanding of conscience and at the same time renew my call for attention to conscience formation within the field of moral theology, highlighting some important learnings from the field of moral education in so doing.

Event flyer [pdf]

 

23 March 2016
QndA
Professor John Haldane: Life, God, and Other Small Topics

Date: Wednesday 23th March 2016, 7pm
Venue: St Benedict’s Hall, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Broadway Campus

QndA draws pollies, priests and professors - of different faiths and traditions - to UNDA to thrash out (what should be) the hot issues of the day. It’s about faith and reason in action. QndA lets the audience ask the questions: on anything, from anyone. Going beyond the sound-bite and the narrowly political, QndA brings together people of depth to discuss issues of depth. It’s open, passionate, and respectful.

QndA will have its first event of 2016 on Wednesday evening, March 23. QndA typically features a panel, although this time we are very lucky to have The University of Notre Dame Australia Visiting Professor, John Haldane, all to ourselves. John Haldane is an internationally renowned philosopher and one of the world’s foremost thinkers and public intellectuals within the Catholic tradition.

Join the live event in person with our Chair, Patrick Langrell, and follow the Twitter conversation on the night at #QndA.

Event flyer [pdf]

 

17 March 2016
IES Public Lecture
Sex and Society
Professor John Haldane

Hosted by the Institute for Ethics and Society (IES), at The University of Notre Dame Australia, and supported by the Order of Malta (NSW Branch) as part of its 2016 lecture series.

Date: Thursday 17th March 2016
Time: 6.30pm (refreshments available from 6.00pm)
Venue: St Benedict’s Hall, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Broadway Campus

Notre Dame presents one of the world’s foremost Catholic philosophers and a significant public intellectual, Professor John Haldane, who has been appointed to a Visiting Professorship. He holds professorships at Universities in the UK and USA, codirects the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (University of St Andrews); Research Fellow of the Centre for Ethics and Culture, (University of Notre Dame, USA), and Chair of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, London.
Professor Haldane will be presenting a public lecture on the topic of Sex and Society.

As a catalyst to discussion, he notes that:

‘The English poet Philip Larkin wrote “Sexual intercourse began in nineteen sixty-three … Between the end of the “Chatterley” ban and the Beatles’ first LP”. Fifty years on one might be surprised that while many other crazes born of that period have passed away the cultural preoccupation with sex and sexuality has increased. This lecture will review something of the cultural preoccupation with sex and consider its implications for society.’

For further enquiries, or to RSVP your attendance, please email: ies@nd.edu.au

Event flyer [pdf]

 

9 March 2016
IES Research Seminar
A/Prof. Philip Cam, “A Philosophical Approach to Moral Education”

Time: Wednesday 9 March 2016, 12.30-1.30pm
Venue: Directors' Boardroom, Pioneer House (NDS5-402), UNDA Broadway Campus ( map)

Speaker: Dr Philip Cam is Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales, where he was on the academic staff for thirty years. He has an MA in Philosophy from the University of Adelaide and a DPhil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford. An international authority on philosophy in schools, Philip has run workshops for educators around the world as well as helping to pioneer the introduction of philosophy into schools in Australia. He has written extensively for teachers and students and his work has been widely translated. His books include Thinking Together, Twenty Thinking Tools, and Teaching Ethics in Schools, as well as philosophical stories published as the Thinking Stories series of storybooks, Sophia’s Question, a philosophical novella, and Philosophy Park, a history of philosophy in story form, all of which have accompanying teacher resource books.

Philip is President of the Philosophy in Schools Association of New South Wales. For many years he was President of the Asia-Pacific Philosophy Education Network for Democracy, for which he edited, in association with UNESCO, a series of books on philosophy, democracy, education and human values. Philip developed a successful ethics pilot program for public schools in New South Wales which resulted in Ethics being introduced into primary schools as an alternative to Special Religious Education. He was also a consultant to ACARA for the development of the general competence of Ethical Understanding in the Australian Curriculum.

Abstract: Moral education needs to be distinguished from moral training and to find its way into the school curriculum. It should meet academic standards relating to knowledge and understanding of the moral domain in much the same way as do other areas of study. This paper briefly explores the aims, subject matter and methods of such an undertaking from a philosophical point of view. The approach helps to overcome the common dichotomy in which students are regarded as moral beings so far as their general conduct is concerned and as amoral beings when it comes to the subject matter that they study. When integrated into the curriculum, it brings out the moral aspects of various areas of study and assists students to understand them.

Event flyer [pdf]


24 February 2016
IES Research Seminar
Dr. Christopher Mayes, “Australian bioethics, a distinct history”

Time: Wednesday 24 February 2016, 12.30-1.30pm
Venue: Meeting Room, Pioneer House (NDS5-609), UNDA Broadway Campus ( map)

Speaker: Christopher Mayes is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney. Christopher’s research interests are in continental philosophy, bioethics, public health and food studies. His latest book 'The Biopolitics of Lifestyle: Foucault, Ethics and Health Choices' (Routledge, 2015) investigates the use of ‘lifestyle’ as a device through which choices and behaviours are governed in response to the purported obesity epidemic.

Abstract: This paper traces pivotal developments of Australian bioethics. As a relatively young field of inquiry, bioethics emerged in the 1980s at the intersection of the university, medical industry, medical profession, scientific research, religious organizations, feminist movement, legal profession and government. Some of Australia’s most prominent philosophers and public intellectuals participated in public debate and government inquiries over reproductive technologies, abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research. To date, the history of these developments and their social significance has not been examined. Australian bioethics is often assumed to share the history of American or English bioethics. This paper aims to advance understanding of the distinctive contribution of Australian bioethics and its unique history that is tied to the advancement of biotechnology industries, growth of the neoliberal university and debates about secularism in Australia.

Event flyer [pdf]

For further enquiries please email ies@nd.edu.au

 

2015


22 December 2015
Health Leadership Series
Bird on an Ethics Wire: Battles about Values in the Culture Wars
- with Professor Margaret Somerville

Date: Tuesday 22 December
Time: 4:45 for 5:00pm
Where: Level 2 Lecture Theatre - 160 Oxford St Darlinghurst

Event flyer [pdf]


21 October 2015
IES Research Seminar
Francisco Esparraga, “Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility – Maintaining Ethical Awareness”

Time: Wednesday 21 October 2015, 12.30pm
Venue: Directors' Boardroom, Pioneer House (NDS5-402), UNDA Broadway Campus ( map)

Speaker: Senior Lecturer, Francisco Esparraga, was a Government lawyer in both the NSW and Commonwealth Governments before turning to academia. The Attorney-General’s Department; the Privacy Committee of NSW and the Independent Commission Against Corruption are some of the institutions where he practiced. He specialises in teaching Alternative Dispute Resolution and Administrative Law, being the author of an Administrative Law textbook published by Oxford University Press. He has written numerous journal articles; presented papers at multiple International Conferences and is a judge at several International Mooting, Negotiation and Client Interview Competitions. In October 2015, he presented at the International Bar Association’s Annual Conference in Vienna. He has recently commenced writing a book on the Teaching of Legal Ethics and also commenced his PhD in Law on this topic.

Abstract: Lawyers should play three distinct, although overlapping roles: technical experts, wise counsellors and effective leaders. At the heart of the paper is a discussion on how lawyers maintain ethical and professional responsibility. Knowing what it means to be ethical does not mean that a lawyer will be ethical. Ethical, conceptual and regulatory questions are discussed with emphasis on the word ‘ethics’ combined with the word ‘professional’. What can go wrong if a lawyer is not ethical? What are the attributes of ethical leadership? What of behavioural ethics and the career ladder?

Event flyer [pdf]

For further enquiries please email ies@nd.edu.au


14 October 2015
Dr. Nigel Zimmermann
Renewing the Hippocratic tradition, one physician at a time

Time: Wednesday 14 October 2015, 12.30pm (Sem 2, week 11)
Location: Directors' Boardroom, Pioneer House (NDS5-402), UNDA Broadway Campus (map)

Abstract: In a time in which our trust in experts is high but our trust in institutions at a significant low, medical care sits at the intersection of a complex range of expectations and demands. In this paper I argue for the renewal of the Hippocratic tradition, recognising that ethics must consider both the general and broad-ranging context in which care is offered as well as the particular cases involving specific individuals. The Hippocratic tradition has the potential for positively attending to the needs of patients and increasing the professional capacity for virtue of each physician. In a context in which we use the term ‘dirty hands’ to describe the messy nature of practical ethics, virtue is more needed than ever.

Biography: Dr. Nigel Zimmermann is an Adjunct Lecturer with IES. View his academia.edu profile here.


7 October 2015
IES Research Seminar
Dr. Ben Myers, “Wisdom's Children: Biblical Proverbs and Western Culture”

Time: Wednesday 7 October 2015, 12.30pm (Sem 2, week 10)
Venue: Directors' Boardroom, Pioneer House (NDS5-402), UNDA Broadway Campus (map)

Speaker: Dr. Ben Myers is lecturer in systematic theology at Charles Sturt University's School of Theology in North Parramatta. His publications include Milton's Theology of Freedom (2006), Christ the Stranger: The Theology of Rowan Williams (2012), and Salvation in My Pocket (2013).

Abstract: Ben is currently completing a book titled Wisdom's Children: Biblical Proverbs and Western Culture. The book argues that biblical proverbs have played a surprisingly significant role in the development of western literary traditions. It explores the way the book of Proverbs has informed diverse styles of monastic writing, religious poetry, satirical literature, and revolutionary poetry. He will be presenting a sample from one of the chapters of this book.

Event flyer [pdf]

For further enquiries please email ies@nd.edu.au


1 October 2015
Corporate Social Responsibility Summit
Business Ethics and the Common Good

Time: Thursday 1 October, 10am – 4pm
Location: CPA Australia, Level 3, 111 Harrington Street, Sydney

For further details and registration, please visit the website.


9, 16, 23 & 30 September 2015
IES Research Seminar
Four-week reading group in September – "Giving Voice to Values” by Mary C. Gentile

For four weeks in September, the IES Research Seminar will transform into a reading group that will focus on Dr. Mary Gentile’s book “Giving Voice to Values” – a text that a number of UNDA’s Schools are using to inform their approach to teaching ethics. The four meetings are intended as an opportunity to engage in extended discussion about the book’s arguments and their possible applications.

All those with an interest in professional ethics and values education, at any level of expertise, are very welcome to attend. IES staff will lead the discussion each week. Feel free to attend one or all the sessions. Copies of the book are available for those who would like to participate.

Reading group plan:

Wed 9 Sep, 12.30-1.30pm: Intro & Chapters 1-2 (pp. i-46)
Wed 16 Sep, 11.30am-12.30pm: Chapters 3-5 (pp.47-107) [note: different time]
Wed 23 Sep, 12.30-1.30pm: Chapters 6-7 (pp.108-169)
Wed 30 Sep, 12.30-1.30pm: Chapters 8-9 (pp.170-222)

Venue: Directors' Boardroom, Pioneer House (NDS5-402), UNDA Broadway Campus (map)

Event flyer [pdf]

For further enquiries please email ies@nd.edu.au


24 September 2015
The Religion and Global Affairs Lecture
Why Religion Matters in Times of Conflict and Peacebuilding
Dr Denis Dragovic, University of Melbourne

To mark the launch of the Religion and Global Affairs Program of the Institute for Ethics and Society, you are invited to attend our inaugural keynote lecture and panel discussion, moderated by RGAP Convenor, A/Professor John Rees.

Time: Thursday 24 September 2015, 5pm for refreshments, 5.30pm start
Venue: St Benedict’s Hall, Building NDS2, Room 104, UNDA Broadway Campus ( map )

RSVP: ies@nd.edu.au

Denis Dragovic is an expert on religion and international affairs. He has worked for over a decade with various UN agencies and NGOs in conflict and post-conflict environments in the Middle East (including three years in Iraq), Africa and Asia leading humanitarian and development programs. He holds a PhD in political theology from the University of St Andrews, UK, and is the author of 'Religion and Post-Conflict Statebuilding: Roman Catholic and Sunni Islamic Perspectives' (Palgrave, 2015) as well as numerous literary and policy articles.

Drawing on experience as a senior aid practitioner Denis will discuss current practises in the field and relate them to his recent research on the role of religious institutions. He will argue that the challenge for scholars and practitioners alike is in gaining a better understanding of what motivates religious groups and in turn where their ambitions may align with those of international organisations.

The Religion and Global Affairs Program (RGAP) is an initiative of the Institute for Ethics and Society. The program aims to study the impacts of religion within the fields of international relations such as regional security, diplomacy, international development and global ethics. For more on RGAP click here.

Event flyer [pdf]


2 September 2015
IES Research Seminar
Wil Cunningham, “A (Partial) Defence of Aristotelian Slavery”

Time: Wednesday 2 September 2015, 12.30pm (Sem 2, week 6)
Venue: Directors' Boardroom, Pioneer House (NDS5-402), UNDA Broadway Campus (map)

Speaker: Wil Cunningham is a lecturer in the LOGOS program, the University’s core curriculum program. His particular research interests include Aristotelian, Thomistic-Aristotelian and Neo-Aristotelian ethics, politics and social philosophy and comparative normative ethics.

Abstract: When discussing Aristotle’s views regarding slavery, and their moral and political implications, it is necessary to differentiate those views of Aristotle’s that are consistent with and demanded by his core principles from those that are inconsistent with his core principles but demanded (or at least suggested) by his cultural and historical moment. Aristotle’s philosophical views of slavery may benefit by being drawn out from and cleansed of their cultural taint. That is, his cultural bias can be re-examined in light of his core principles. In the same way, our own views of ourselves as those who neither support nor tolerate slavery, and our views of our social and economic institutions as promoting free and fair workplaces, may benefit from being re-examined in the light of Aristotle’s core principles. The purpose of this paper is to identify those of Aristotle’s views that may be called his core principles, and to identify those of his views that are a result of cultural bias. The core principles then are used to provide a critique of both ancient and contemporary slavery, as well as other forms of abuse related to labour and economy. The conclusion presented here is that Aristotle’s core principles (both just and justifiable) call for a radical restructuring of current labour relations, no less than those of the past.

Event flyer [pdf]

For further enquiries please email ies@nd.edu.au


27 August 2015
IES Research Seminar
Prof. Keith McNaught, Current Research Agendas in Catholic Healthcare

Time: Thursday 27 August 2015, 9.30am-12pm
Location: Governors' Boardroom (NDS14-701), UNDA Darlinghurst Campus (map)

Abstract: In this session, Prof. McNaught will offer a presentation coming out of his recent involvement at the Catholic Health Australia conference in Canberra, and his work in St John of God Healthcare. The research areas being explored at SJG Subiaco Hospital will be outlined, to provide examples of some of the current and future research interests, which provide potential opportunities for Notre Dame staff. The presentation, and collaborative discussion, will explore current areas for research linked to ethics, professional standards, and staff formation and development, within Catholic Healthcare.

Biography: Prof. Keith McNaught was previously the Executive Director and Head of Campus, Broome, and Director of the Academic Enabling and Support Centre, covering both the Fremantle and Broome campuses. In March 2015, he moved to be Director of Mission at St John of God Hospital, Subiaco, the largest hospital in the SJG group. Subiaco is strongly research-active, with excellent professional and university partnerships, including Notre Dame. Keith has a strong publication and research record, and is transitioning from his current research areas to those connected to his new role, and his appointment as an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Ethics and Society.

Flyer pdf


19 August 2015
QndA
Archbishop Anthony, Ryan T. Anderson, Hon Michael Kirby, Hayden Ramsay, Lyle Shelton & Justine Toh

Time: Wednesday 19 August 2015, 7pm
Location: St Benedict’s Hall, NDS2/104, UNDA Broadway Campus (map)


18 August 2015
Ex Corde Ecclesiae – The next 25 years
Book launch and panel discussion

Time: Tuesday 18 August 2015, 5pm for drinks and refreshments, 5.30pm start
Location: St Benedict’s Hall, NDS2/104, UNDA Broadway Campus (map)

Flyer pdf


12 August 2015
IES Research Seminar
Tracy Llanera, “Rorty, Taylor, Dreyfus and Kelly: Redemption in a Secular Age”

Time: Wednesday 12 August 2015, 12.30pm (Sem 2, week 2)
Venue: Moorgate Directors' Boardroom (NDS16-103), UNDA Broadway Campus (map)

Speaker: Tracy Llanera is a PhD Candidate in Philosophy at Macquarie University. She is specifically interested in the scholarship on Richard Rorty, and more generally in philosophy of religion and American pragmatism. Her thesis, entitled “Richard Rorty: Rethinking Redemption in Modernity,” was submitted in June 2015. Her teaching responsibilities at Macquarie University and Open Universities Australia include the units Philosophy, Morality, and Society, Philosophy of Religion, and Theories of Justice.

Abstract: In recent debates on the sacred in a secular age, some contemporary philosophers have identified the combination of anthropocentrism/nihilism as the primary existential malaise of modernity. Two key positions have emerged as a response: expressivism + renewed theism (Charles Taylor) and Homeric polytheism (Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Kelly). Both projects aim to remedy the spiritually impoverishing effects of nihilism by revealing and articulating modern sources of human meaning and fulfilment. This paper suggests an alternative approach. It raises the argument that Richard Rorty’s work on redemptive self-enlargement as an antidote to egotism can reveal a way to undercut the modern phenomenon of nihilism.

Flyer pdf

For further enquiries please email ies@nd.edu.au


5 August 2015
IES Research Seminar
A/Prof. John A. Rees, Human Flourishing and ‘The Good That Governments Do’: A postsecular reading of state authority

Time: Wednesday 5 August 2015, 12.30pm (Sem 2, week 2)
Location: Directors' Boardroom, Pioneer House (NDS5-402), UNDA Broadway Campus (map)

Speaker: Dr. John Rees is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations (IR), School of Arts & Sciences at UNDA Sydney and Convener of the Religion and Global Affairs Program at the Institute for Ethics and Society. John’s research is situated at the intersection of IR and political theology. He is a recognised scholar of religion in world politics and the curator of The Religion Gap blog on E-International Relations, the world’s leading website for students and scholars of international politics. John holds a PhD in IR from the University of New South Wales and postgraduate degrees in theology (by research), international relations and ancient history.

Abstract: The paper offers an interpretation of the influential New Testament text of Rom 13:1-7 in the context of contemporary theories of the state and civil society. It is argued that the political hermeneutics drawn from the text and its wider canonical contexts hold potential to inform Christian communities of an imperative that the modern state create the conditions of human flourishing (as goodness and conscience) for all citizens.

Flyer pdf

29 July 2015
IES Research Seminar
Prof. Sandra Lynch, Values and Voices: Integrity and Self-Defence in Ethics Education

Time: Wednesday 29 July 2015, 12.30pm (Sem 2, week 1)
Location: Pioneer House (NDS5/609), UNDA Broadway Campus (map)

Abstract: In this presentation Prof. Lynch will offer a paper coming out of her recent research visit to work with Dr. Mary Gentile, Founder and Director of the “Giving Voice to Values” Curriculum, at Babson College. (Full abstract coming soon).

Biography: Dr. Sandra Lynch is Director of the Institute for Ethics and Society and Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney campus). Dr. Lynch is a moral philosopher, with expertise in applied and professional ethics, ethics and values education, the constitution of the self, friendship, critical thinking, and the intersection of philosophy and literature. Her most recent work has been focussed on responding to the need to deepen students’ active engagement in ethical discourse and to enrich their studies by including a focus on the demands of acting on one’s values in complex workplace and social settings. Her research into best practice in the teaching of ethics is underpinned by a commitment to ensuring that our students develop the confidence and competence to contribute to the flourishing of their professions and of the societies of which they are part.

30 June 2015
Professor Margaret Somerville
Death Talk: The Case Against Euthanasia

Hosted by the Institute for Ethics & Society, the School of Law and the School of Medicine, UNDA.

Time: Tuesday 30 June 2015, 5.45pm for 6pm
Location: NDS2, Room 201, UNDA Broadway Campus (map)
Contact: Tel (02) 8204 4240 or Email: ies@nd.edu.au
(For catering purposes, please RSVP by Friday 26 June, 2015)

Flyer

Biography: Margaret Somerville is a Professor of Law, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University, Montreal, where she has taught since 1978. Professor Somerville’s works include Death Talk: The Case Against Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide (2002); and The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit (2006). Her forthcoming book, to be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, is titled, Bird on an Ethics Wire: Battles about Values in the Culture Wars. Professor Somerville consults, nationally and internationally, to a wide variety of bodies including governments, NGOs, UN agencies and private corporations. She has received several honours and awards including the Order of Australia, eight honorary doctorates and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2003, she was chosen by an international jury as the first recipient of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science and in 2013 was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for services to higher education.

Audio: audio pt 1 | audio pt 2


 

8 April 2015
IES Inaugural Staff Ethics Education Forum
How do we prepare our students well for the ethical challenges they face in their professional and personal lives?

Time: Thursday 8 April 2015, 2:30-5pm
Location: St Benedict’s Hall, NDS2/104, UNDA Broadway Campus (map)
Contact: annette.pierdziwol@nd.edu.au

The mission of the Institute for Ethics and Society (IES) includes a focus on supporting and informing the teaching of ethics across the University and within all disciplines. To this end, this semester the IES is holding its inaugural Ethics Education Forum on the Broadway campus on the afternoon of Wednesday, 8th April (during the non-teaching week).

The forum will offer an overview of the ways in which the teaching of Ethics is approached by the IES within different Schools on the Sydney campus via a keynote address from IES Director, Prof Sandra Lynch, as well as input from a great line-up of academic staff reflecting on their diverse experiences. Together we will reflect on the place of Ethics within different curricula, the challenges staff confront in teaching Ethics within their discipline areas, perceptions of successes and suggestions for improving practice in the teaching of Ethics.

We are excited about the opportunity this event will provide to learn from one another and to share with you the Institute's resources. We hope you will join us!

Contact: annette.pierdziwol@nd.edu.au

Program:

IES Ethics Education Forum
Supporting and informing the teaching of Ethics across the University

2.30-3.30pm – Session 1
(Moderator: Matthew Beard, IES)
Introduction: Prof Hayden Ramsey
(Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chair of Philosophy & Theology)
Keynote: Prof Sandra Lynch
(Director, Institute for Ethics and Society)
"How do we prepare our students well for the ethical
challenges they face in their professional and personal lives?:
Ethics Education at Notre Dame"


3.30pm – Afternoon tea

3.45-4.30pm – Session 2
Ethics Education in Action: Experiences from the Field

(Moderator: John Rees, Arts & Sciences and IES)
Robert Pelletier and Francisco Esparraga (School of Law)
Bethne Hart and Cathy Costa (School of Nursing)
Phil Cenere (School of Business)
Renée Kohler-Ryan (School of Philosophy & Theology)

4.30-5pm – Session 3
Facilitating the Teaching of Ethics: IES Consultancy in Practice

(Moderator: Annette Pierdziwol, IES)
Discussion panel members:
Sandra Lynch (IES)
Jane Stenning (School of Arts & Sciences)
Anna Evangeli (School of Arts & Sciences)

5.00pm – Drinks and light supper

2 April 2015
IES Research Seminar
Dr. Lori Bruce: A New Paradigm for Medical Ethics Policy: Integrating Community Voices, Views, and Values

Time: Thursday 2 April 2015, 9.30-10.30am
Location: Moorgate Directors' Boardroom (NDS 16-103), UNDA Broadway Campus (map) Contact: matthew.beard@nd.edu.au

Dr Lori Bruce, Assistant Director of the Yale Summer Institute in Bioethics and Visiting Fellow at Monash University, is currently visiting Sydney, and will be presenting a talk at our Broadway Campus this Thursday at 9:30am on the Ground Floor of the School of Philosophy & Theology, Grafton St, Chippendale. We hope many of you will be able to attend despite the late notice.

Dr. Bruce will be discussing her Community Bioethics Forum and advertising a Bioethics Intensive Seminar that her Institute will be running later in the year. Many of you will be interested in Dr. Bruce’s questions surrounding the synthesis of universal moral truths concerning bioethics, legal enforcement, and the cultural backdrop within these norms are developed, enforced, and in which healthcare is provided.

Dr Bruce is currently a member of Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Adult Ethics Committee. She also serves as Vice President of Community Voices in Medical Ethics (a nonprofit) and directs a policy advisory group, the innovative “Community Bioethics Forum” at Yale Medical School’s Program for Biomedical Ethics. These organizations seek to amplify the voices and values of community into medical ethics policy and to bring bioethical issues to the public’s awareness. Lori also sits on end-of-life advisory committees for the State of Connecticut.

Lori has consulted for a member of President Obama’s Commission on Bioethics, worked with Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland on his concepts of “love and work” (focusing on the neural mechanisms of happiness and emotion and a history of the concept of “the mind”), and has presented her research in various locations worldwide.

 

15 May 2014
Ideas on Broadway
Prof. John Finnis: Prisoners’ Votes and Judges’ Political Power

Biography: Professor John Finnis is an internationally renowned legal scholar and philosopher. He is a Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy at the University College, Oxford; Biolchini Family Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana; and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by The University of Notre Dame Australia. Professor Finnis has expertise in the fields of social, political and legal theory with particular reference to the work of St. Thomas Aquinas and William Shakespeare. He has authored six books, including: Moral Absolutes: Tradition, Revision and Truth, Aquinas: Moral, Political and Legal Theory and Natural Law and Natural Rights.

 

29 May 2014
Ideas on Broadway
Prof. John Finnis: The Nature of Testimony and the Truth of the Gospels

Biography: Professor John Finnis is an internationally renowned legal scholar and philosopher. He is a Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy at the University College, Oxford; Biolchini Family Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana; and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by The University of Notre Dame Australia. Professor Finnis has expertise in the fields of social, political and legal theory with particular reference to the work of St. Thomas Aquinas and William Shakespeare. He has authored six books, including: Moral Absolutes: Tradition, Revision and Truth, Aquinas: Moral, Political and Legal Theory and Natural Law and Natural Rights.

 

14 February 2014
Crossing Borders Symposium
Mental Health and the Experience of Seeking Asylum

Each year, thousands of people across the world are forced to flee their homelands to escape war, genocide, torture and persecution. Despite this, those seeking asylum often display admirable resilience in the face of dislocation, trauma and profound fragmentation of the self.
Crossing Borders brings together experts in the area of mental health, including Professor Beverley Raphael and Associate Professor Suresh Sundram, novelist and human rights advocate Dr. Arnold Zable and community representatives with their own stories of resettling, to explore how we can best support the needs of this vulnerable sojourning population.

Symposium program

Symposium booklet

 

22-24 June 2014
Hosting the 21st Annual meeting of The Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics (AAPAE)
Conscience, Leadership and the Problem of Dirty Hands

The development of professional duties and responsibilities is no panacea for Applied Ethics. At times, professional responsibilities appear to clash with deeper moral beliefs regarding what one ought to do, or how one ought to live. At other times, situational necessities seem to justify some individuals violating or ignoring their moral duties. We are left with this question: Are we sometimes obliged to get our hands dirty?
This conference considers the various pragmatic moral conflicts that emerge when one works in a profession aimed at creat­ing social benefit. How do professional duties and duties to the goals of one’s profession weigh against one’s own conscien­tious beliefs regarding right and wrong?
Keynote speakers: Kath Albury, Raimond Gaita, Stephen Coleman, Aden Ridgeway

Conference program

March – April 2014
Scholarship in the Cathedral:
A series of Lenten Reflections on recent Popes and the Evangelisation of Culture

Program:
Friday 7 March, 6:30pm: Fr. Don Richardson on Cathedrals & The Locus of Faith & Culture
Friday 14 March, 6:30pm: Scott Stephens on Resisting the Pedagogy of Dwarves: Pope Benedict, C.S. Lewis and the Conversion of Imagination
Friday 21 March, 6:30pm: Tracey Rowland on Catholic Education & the Bureaucratic Usurpation of Grace
Friday 28 March, 6:30pm: Anthony Krohn on The Glass Bead Game & Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Friday 4 April, 6:30pm: Robert Tilley on The Cathedral of Being: The Re-enchantment of the world through the writings of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis
Friday 11 April, 6:30pm: Fr. Richard Umbers on Formation in Catholic Universities
Monday 14 April, 7:00pm: Performance: Following this cycle of reflections, there will be a performance of Bach’s Johannes-Passion in the Crypt.

Contact: Fr. Richard Umbers, Managing Editor of Solidarity (richard.umbers@nd.edu.au) &
Thomas Wilson, Music Director at St Mary’s Cathedral (twilson@stmaryscathedral.org.au)

 

2013

13 December 2013
Research Symposium
State of Play: Birth and Beyond

A one-day interdisciplinary symposium exploring the connections between play and philosophy, well-being, literature and the arts.

Location: Level 4, Pioneer House (Room 403), 140 Broadway, Broadway NSW

Panelists: A/Prof. Dee O’Connor, Prof. Marilyn Freer, and David Bluestein

Conveners of discussion:
Dr Cynthia à Beckett is a senior lecturer in Early Childhood at the University of Notre Dame. She has also worked as an advisor for early childhood teachers and for the past twenty years as an academic in early childhood education programs.

Dr Deborah Pike is a senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Notre Dame. She has also worked as a writer, editor and translator. Her research interests include interdisciplinary connections among play, wellbeing and the study of literature.

Dr Sandra Lynch is Director of the Centre for Faith, Ethics & Society at the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests include ethics and values education, the constitution of the self, friendship, and the intersection of philosophy and literature.

 

 

22 August 2013
Annual Lecture on Religious Liberty, co-hosted with the School of Law
His Eminence George Cardinal Pell AC

 

9 July 2013
Research Collaboration Forum 2013
CFES, IHR and Nulungu Directors in conversation

Time: Tuesday 9 July, 12:30pm

Want to learn more about the research centres at Notre Dame? Join our Directors for a lunchtime seminar to hear more about each centre, their areas of research, and how you can become involved.

Speakers:
Prof. Lyn Henderson-Yates, Director, Nulungu Centre for Indigenous Studies
A/Prof. Sandy Lynch, Director, Centre for Faith, Ethics and Society
Prof. Beth Hands, Director, Institute for Health Research

 

3-5 July 2013
Tradition Conference
Does tradition unite or divide us?

Each year we mark birthdays, religious festivals and secular celebrations with rituals and ceremonies; cakes and candles, palm leaves and ash. But what role does tradition play in the modern world? And why is it a concept worth defending?
The Tradition Conference 2013 brings together Australian and internationally renowned speakers to explore how religious and cultural customs shape our understanding of ourselves and the world we inhabit.
The conference will culminate in a lively debate moderated by ABC Radio National’s Phillip Adams at the ABC Studios, led by notable philosophers Mark Kingwell and John Haldane. They will discuss the Catholic Church's role in forging and maintaining Sacred Tradition as well as the often fraught relationship between religious and cultural tradition. Tradition: a friend or foe of freedom? Which side will you choose?

Speakers
:
Professor John Haldane  - University of St Andrews, UK
Professor Mark Kingwell - University of Toronto, Canada
Professor Christian Brugger - St John Vianney Theological Seminary, USA
Sr Mary Prudence Allen RSM - St John Vianney Theological Seminary, USA
Professor Matthew Levering - University of Dayton, USA
Professor Timothy Chappell - Open University UK
Bishop Anthony Fisher OP - Bishop of Diocese of Parramatta
Dr John Armstrong - University of Melbourne
Professor Tracey Rowland - John Paul II Institute
Dr Renee Kohler-Ryan - The University of Notre Dame Australia
Dr Robert Tilley - Catholic Institute of Sydney
Dr Luciano Boschiero - Campion College Australia
Rev Dr Gerald Gleeson - Catholic Institute of Sydney
Archbishop Tim Costelloe SDB - Archbishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Perth
Mrs Elsie Heiss
Mr Aden Ridgeway - UTS, Sydney
The Hon Linda Burney MP - NSW Labor Deputy Leader of the Opposition

Conference website

 

29 April – 31 May 2013
UNDA Special Topics Unit with Prof. John Finnis
The Moral, Political and Legal Theory of Saint Thomas Aquinas

The School of Philosophy and Theology in association with the Centre for Faith, Ethics and Society is pleased to announce an intensive Special Topics Unit taught by Professor John Finnis, an internationally renowned legal scholar and philosopher. For more information or to enrol, please contact the School of Philosophy and Theology.

 

16 May 2013
Ideas on Broadway
Prof. John Finnis: Opposing ‘death with dignity’ and ‘same-sex marriage’: faith or reason?

Biography: Professor John Finnis is an internationally renowned legal scholar and philosopher. He is a Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy at the University College, Oxford; Biolchini Family Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana; and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by The University of Notre Dame Australia. Professor Finnis has expertise in the fields of social, political and legal theory with particular reference to the work of St. Thomas Aquinas and William Shakespeare. He has authored six books, including: Moral Absolutes: Tradition, Revision and Truth, Aquinas: Moral, Political and Legal Theory and Natural Law and Natural Rights.

 

18 February 2013
Reconciliation through Cultural Awareness: What is my role?
Presentation with Prof Lynette Henderson-Yates

Time: Monday 18 February 2013, 5:30pm

The Centre for Faith, Ethics and Society joins with the School of Education to offer two exciting events: an evening with Prof Lynette Henderson-Yates, followed by a cultural awareness workshop.
Be inspired by Prof Henderson-Yates before attending the workshop to explore the role you can play in the reconciliation endeavour between aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples.
Prof. Henderson-Yates, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Broome Campus and Director of the Nulungu Research Centre, will share her compelling story of life as an Aboriginal woman.

 

19 February 2013
Reconciliation through Cultural Awareness: What is my role?
Cultural Awareness Workshop with Steve Kinnane and Bruce Gorring

Time: Tuesday 19 Feburary 2013, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Steve Kinnane and Bruce Gorring, both members of Broome’s Nulungu Research Centre, will run a Cultural Awareness professional development day, supported by Aboriginal colleagues from Notre Dame and beyond.

 

16 May 2013
Ideas on Broadway
The Honourable Barry O’Keefe AM, QC: Catholic Faith in a Legal Professional Context

Time: Wednesday 31 October 2012, 6pm

Biography: The Hon. Barry O’Keefe graduated with Honours in Law from the University of Sydney. He was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1957 and appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1974. He was appointed Chief Judge of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of NSW in 1993. Mr O’Keefe was President of the National Trust from 1991 until 2006 and Chairman of Interpol’s International Group of Experts on Corruption from 2000. He was the ICAC Commissioner from 1994 until 1999, President of the NSW Bar Association in 1990 and 1991 and Mosman’s longest serving Mayor.
Mr O’Keefe retired from the Supreme Court in March 2004 and joined Clayton Utz as a Consultant, where he specialises in commercial, construction and probity matters. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1989, a Freeman of the City of London in 1991 and awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001.

 

2012

 

16 August 2012
Book Launch
Religion in International Politics and Development by Dr. John Rees

The Centre for Faith, Ethics & Society warmly invites you to the launch of two books on the topic of religion and world politics:

Religion in International Politics and Development by Dr. John Rees
From the publisher: This unique and fascinating book illustrates that in moving the research agenda forward – despite whatever methodological pitfalls that may await in the attempt – the dynamics of religion must now be considered to be of central and abiding importance in the study of world politics.”

Religion and Foreign Affairs: Essential Readings
"The work of Dr. John Rees has been included in this international primer on religion and world politics alongside contributions from renown scholars and intellectuals such as Charles Taylor, George Weigel, Rowan Williams, Madeleine Albright, Katherine Marshall, Scott Appleby (Notre Dame, Indiana), Vali Nasr, Robert Kagan and Daniel Philpott (Notre Dame, Indiana).

Launched by Dr. Steven Lovell-Jones, Dean of Arts & Social Sciences, The University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney)
Response by Dr. John Rees, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at The University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney)

When: Thursday 16 August, 6pm
RSVP: Friday August 10, 2012
Contact: elle.glynn@nd.edu.au

 

10 May 2012
Ideas on Broadway
Law, Philosophy and Immigration Policy: A public discussion with Professor John Finnis

Time: Thursday 10 May 2012, 6pm
Biography: Professor John Finnis is an internationally renowned legal scholar and philosopher. He is a Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy at the University College, Oxford; Biolchini Family Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana; and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by The University of Notre Dame Australia. Professor Finnis has expertise in the fields of social, political and legal theory with particular reference to the work of St. Thomas Aquinas and William Shakespeare. He has authored six books, including: Moral Absolutes: Tradition, Revision and Truth, Aquinas: Moral, Political and Legal Theory and Natural Law and Natural Rights.

 

17 May 2012
Ideas on Broadway
Shakespeare, Religion and Identity: A public discussion with Professor John Finnis

Time: Thursday 17 May 2012, 6pm
Biography: Professor John Finnis is an internationally renowned legal scholar and philosopher. He is a Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy at the University College, Oxford; Biolchini Family Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana; and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by The University of Notre Dame Australia. Professor Finnis has expertise in the fields of social, political and legal theory with particular reference to the work of St. Thomas Aquinas and William Shakespeare. He has authored six books, including: Moral Absolutes: Tradition, Revision and Truth, Aquinas: Moral, Political and Legal Theory and Natural Law and Natural Rights.

 

5 & 10 April 2012
Healthcare Ethics Staff Workshops
Dr Mary Gentile: “Giving Voice to Values”
 

Dates: Fremantle Campus 5 April 2012 & Sydney Campus 10 April 2012

Thanks to the generous support of the Mary Philippa Brazill Foundation, the Centre is fortunate to have Dr. Mary Gentile from Babson College, Massachusetts visit again. Dr. Gentile, a world renowned ethicist, will be working closely with the medical and nursing faculties at UNDA to assist in developing innovative methodologies for teaching and promoting ethical practice.

“What if I were going to act on my values? What would I say and do? How could I be most effective?” Dr Mary Gentile (Director, “Giving Voice to Values”)

Dr Mary Gentile is the Creator and Director of Giving Voice to Values, an innovative curriculum for developing the skills, knowledge and commitment required to implement values-based leadership. Mary is also Senior Research Scholar at Babson College, Massachusetts. From 1985 to 1995, she worked at Harvard Business School as a faculty member, researcher and administrator and has since operated as an independent consultant.

Dr Gentile works with corporate, non-profit and academic institutions on curriculum development, executive coaching, issue definition and strategy related to leadership development, social impact management, ethics, business education and diversity. Mary is also the author of numerous books and articles, including Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right, from Yale University Press.

 

2011

10 November 2011
Sports Ethics Dinner with Q&A
Changing Tactics: Football and Ethics: Live Q & A with Craig Bolton, John Eales and Scott Penn, Moderated by Roy Masters

Date: Thursday November 10, 2011, 6.30pm 
Venue: Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Club, 22 O’Sullivan Rd, Woollahra
RSVP: November 3, 2011
Contact: trish.egan@nd.edu.au or (02) 8204 4390

Special Guests:
John Eales played 86 tests for the Wallabies, including 55 as captain. Under his leadership, the Wallabies won the 1999 Rugby World Cup, the 2000 and 2001 Tri Nations, and defeated the British and Irish Lions for the first time in history. John is internationally recognised as one of the greatest rugby union players of all time. Since retiring from rugby in 2001, John has written two books, started his own company and been extensively involved in television and print media.

Craig Bolton retired earlier this year after ten years in the Australian Football League. He started his career with the Brisbane Lions before moving to the Sydney Swans in 2003 where he achieved some of the game’s highest honours. In 2005 he was an integral member of the inaugural championship side and was selected in the All Australian team in 2006 and 2009.

Scott Penn is the Chairman and Co-Owner of National Rugby League Franchise The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. Since the beginning of his career in the late 1980s, Scott has risen to be one of Australia’s most notable figures in sports related business. He was CEO of Weight Watchers Australasia from 1999 to 2005 and has since developed two companies of his own: weight management solution business SP Health Co., and sports marketing and management group Penn Sport.

Moderator: Roy Masters is an icon in Australian sport. He coached for eleven years in the National Rugby League. In 1985 he was voted the Dally M Coach of the Year for guiding St George to the Grand Final, and in 2004 was selected as the coach of the Western Suburbs Magpies team of the century. Roy has since made a name for himself as an award winning sports journalist and writer. His critically acclaimed 2008 book Bad Boys dealt with the controversial behaviour of football players in Australia. He currently works for the Sydney Morning Herald as a columnist.

Press release

 

7 June 2011
Bishops Speaking Out Series
Archbishop of Perth, the Most Reverend Barry James Hickey

In the second of the Bishops Speaking Out lecture series, Archbishop of Perth, the Most Reverend Barry James Hickey, will give an address on Church and the Modern World, followed by a Q & A session.

29 March 2011
Bishops Speaking Out Series
George Cardinal Pell: ‘Catholic Intellectual Life and the Universities’ and the official launch of Solidarity: ‘The Journal for Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics’

In the first of the Bishops Speaking Out series, His Eminence George Cardinal Pell will give a brief lecture, followed by Q & A on questions such as ‘How does the intellect interact with virtue in university life?’ and ‘What is the contribution of Catholic intellectual culture to the university curriculum?’

The Bishops Speaking Out Series is a series of talks in which Australian Bishops and Archbishops speak in Sydney and Fremantle on what they see as the most pressing current social issues.

Press Release
 

25 February 2011
Staff Workshop on Teaching Ethics
Dr. Mary Gentile: “Giving Voice to Values”

Time: Friday 25 February 2011, 10:30-1:30pm

“What if I were going to act on my values? What would I say and do? How could I be most effective?” Dr Mary Gentile (Director, “Giving Voice to Values”)

Dr Mary Gentile is the Creator and Director of Giving Voice to Values, an innovative curriculum for developing the skills, knowledge and commitment required to implement values-based leadership. Mary is also Senior Research Scholar at Babson College, Massachusetts. From 1985 to 1995, she worked at Harvard Business School as a faculty member, researcher and administrator and has since operated as an independent consultant.
Dr Gentile works with corporate, non-profit and academic institutions on curriculum development, executive coaching, issue definition and strategy related to leadership development, social impact management, ethics, business education and diversity. Mary is also the author of numerous books and articles, including Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right, from Yale University Press.

 

2010

10 November 2011
Business Ethics Lunch with Q&A
God and Mammon: Need or Greed in the Big End of Town?

Time: Thursday November 11, 2010, 12.30pm - 2pm
Venue: University and Schools Club, Cnr. of Phillip & Bent St, Sydney
Contact: Campus secretary: trish.egan@nd.edu.au

“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” (Albert Einstein)

We are all capable of wrongdoing and moral indifference, but equally we all have a capacity for ethically intelligent behaviour.
This event provides an opportunity for leaders in business, religious and public life to challenge one another and the audience on questions like these:

  • What responsibility does business have to respond to social need?
  • Is being ethical in business something of a luxury?
  • What is the role of business in society?
  • In the context of financial crisis and burst bubbles how do we sell ethics?
  • How does culture influence behaviour with regard to business ethics?
  • What role do business schools and faculties have in this process?
  • What is the role of regulators in upholding ethics?

 

Speakers:
Cardinal Pell was appointed Archbishop of Sydney in 2001, and elevated to the Sacred College of Cardinals in 2003. Cardinal Pell holds a Licentiate in Theology from Urban University, Rome (1967), a Masters in Education from Monash University, Melbourne (1982), and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Church History from the University of Oxford (1971). He was made a Companion in the Order of Australia in 2005.

David Thodey became Telstra’s Chief Executive Officer on 19 May 2009, announcing a strategy of market differentiation and a renewed focus on customer service and satisfaction. Before joining Telstra, David was Chief Executive Officer of IBM Australia/New Zealand and previously held several senior executive positions in marketing and sales with IBM across the Asia Pacific.

John Moore’s career highlights include his leadership role in marketing and branding for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee invited John to be a member of their prestigious Marketing Commission in 2000. One aspect of John’s work, The Greater Sydney Partnership, will become a major marketing and communications initiative for Australia’s global city in the near future.

John Eales participated in two successful World Cup campaigns; captained the Wallabies in memorable victories including the 1999 World Cup; led Australia through three Bledisloe Cup wins, two successful seasons of Tri-Nations fixtures and the first ever defeat of the British and Irish Lions.
John is an adjunct Professor at The University of Notre Dame Australia and a founding partner of Mettle Group, which develops organisational culture.

Miranda Devine (Moderator for the event) is a syndicated columnist with The Daily Telegraph and News Limited newspapers around Australia. For nine years she wrote a twice-weekly column for the
Sydney Morning Herald.

12 August 2010
Free Public Forum
Euthanasia and Palliative Care: Raising New Questions in the Public Debate

Time: Thursday 12 August 2010, 6pm
Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Medicine Lecture Theatre (ND35/301), 3rd Floor, 38 Henry Street, Fremantle

Speakers:

  • Rev Dr Joseph Parkinson STL PhD, Director of the LJ Goodie Bioethics Centre
  • Mr Peter Quinlan, Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers
  • A/Prof David Watson, Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, UNDA (Fremantle)

 

2010
Academic Seminar Series

Program:

Thursday 22 April, 2010, 12:30 - 1:30pm
Prof. Celia Hammond Vice Chancellor, The University of Notre Dame Australia
Legal education in the contemporary world
Are lawyers business people or indispensable suppliers of "artificial" trust?
How is the legal profession to retain its identity as an independent profession, as opposed to a business or service provider?

Thursday 27 May, 2010, 6:30pm
Dr. Michael Casey, Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
The puzzle of intolerant tolerance
Does the concept of tolerance give secularism license to quash religious opinion or does it demand that a Christian voice be heard?

Monday 19 July, 2010, 6:30pm
Professor Justin Taylor, École Biblique et Archéologique Française & Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The representation of reality in the New Testament’
Justin Taylor studied history at the University of Cambridge in England, where he graduated Ph.D. in 1972. He has been teaching and researching at the École biblique in the fields of New Testament and Christian origins and is currently Professor New Testament and Vice-Director. He is the author of several books and numerous articles.
Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia, Broadway Campus, Room 223

Monday 26 July, 2010, 12:30pm
Monsignor Livio Melina, JPII Institute for Marriage and Family
‘The body and its vocation to love’
Does our body and nature leave clues about human relationships and sexuality? What role does our body have in romance and love?

Thursday, 2nd September, 2010, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Professor Matthew Ogilvie, Dean of the School of Philosophy & Theology, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle
Religion and Terrorism
How did religious terrorism come about? How does religion lead people to acts of terror? How threatening is religious terrorism to today’s society?

Wednesday, 20th October, 2010, 4:30pm
Dr. Diego Bubbio, University of Sydney
Rene Girard and St. Anselm. Ontological Argument and Mimetic Theory
This paper will consider Rene Girard’s proof for the existence of God, showing its connections to the ontological proof, and raising questions about the legitimacy of such an attempt in a post-metaphysical age.

Tuesday, 16th November, 2010, 3:00pm
Dr. Garrick Small
Connecting Economics to Theology
Economics claims to be an independent empirical social science but most evidence of the last century challenges this claim. Does Catholic social doctrine suggest any moral principles that can guide culture, social institutions and hence economic action?

 

16 September 2010
Book Launch
A/Prof Tracey Rowland (CFES & JPII Institute for Marriage and Family): Benedict XVI: A Guide for the Perplexed

Time: Thursday, 16th September, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia, Broadway Campus
St Benedict’s Church & St. Benedict’s Hall
RSVP: cfes@nd.edu.au by 14th September 2010