Event: Iraq Never Again Conference at Sydney Uni

Below is information on an upcoming conference at the University of Sydney.  Khaldoun’s very own Noah Bassil will be one of the speakers.

Iraq Never Again:Ending War, Building Peace

The assumption by leaders that violence is a way to obtain resources and even to promote democracy has contributed to the catastrophe of Iraq. Running parallel to this age old reliance on militarism is the inability of leaders to plan for a just peace. This conference will examine the non violence policy alternative to war, the human costs of Iraq and the humanitarian means of security. In Iraq and elsewhere, only these alternatives promise a more peaceful and joyful future.

In addition to marking the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, this conference will celebrate the 20th birthday of
Sydney University’s Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies and the 25th anniversary of the launch of the international Peace Boat.

Tuesday and Wednesday April 15th and 16th 2008
Two Day Conference
Customs House
Circular Quay, 31 Albert Street, Sydney

Day One – The Fascination with Violence
8.30 Registration
9.00 Welcome

A/Professor Jake Lynch, Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Professor Richard Broinowski, Adjunct Professor, University of Sydney, former Australian diplomat and former General Manager, Radio Australia
9.30 Fascination with Wars, Illiteracy about Non-Violence
Facilitator: Dr. Lynda-Ann Blanchard, Executive Officer, Sydney Peace Foundation
Dr. Michael McKinley, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Strategy, Australian National University
Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees, Director, Sydney Peace Foundation
11.00 Morning tea
11.30 The Human Costs of Iraq and other Wars
Facilitator: Donna Mulhearn, Peace Activist
Dr. Susan Wareham, President, Medical Association for the Prevention of War
Dr. Richard Hil, Senior Lecturer, Southern Cross University
1.00 Lunch
2.00 Iraq War and Regional Consequences
Facilitator: Nick Deane, Marrickville Peace Group
I. Asia Pacific – Professor Kenji Isezaki, Tokyo University for Foreign Studies, United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL)
II. Middle East – Noah Bassil, Associate, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Macquarie University
3.30 Afternoon tea
4.00 Thinking Differently about Iraq? – Poets and Poetry for Peace
Orchestrated by: Brendon Doyle, Lynette Simons, Stuart Rees
Teachers in “Passion, Peace and Poetry”, University of Sydney
4.45 Peace Boat Festival Announcement
4.50 Closing
Professor Sev Ozdowski, Adjunct Professor CPACS, former Human Rights Commissioner

Evening Session: Peace Festival – On the Peace Boat
5.30 – 9.30 Performing Arts as Antidote to War

Day Two – The Non-Violent Alternatives
8.45 Registration
9.00 Building Peace in Iraq: Youth Visions
Roza Germian, Kurdish Journalist and Peace Activist
Samer Khamisy, Iraqi Refugee
Representative from the Peace Boat
10.30 Morning tea
11.00 Ending War, Building Peace: The International Canvas
Facilitator: Dr. Hannah Middleton, Sydney Peace Foundation
Professor Joseph Camilleri
Professor of International Relations and Director, Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe
11.45 Coalition of the Unwilling: Washington or Democracy, Not Both
A/Professor Jake Lynch,Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney
12.30 Closing
Ian Cohen,Green MP, Member of the NSW Legislative Council
12.45 Farewelling the Peace Boat leaving Sydney Harbour
Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
The University of Sydney
Mackie Building K01
NSW 2006, Australia NSW 2006, Australia
Ph: + 61 2 9351 7686 Ph: +61 2 9351 2222
http://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/cpacs http://www.usyd.edu.au
Please register online at http://www.usyd.edu.au/neveragain
Cost: $95 full price and $55 concession, includes conference materials,
lunch (vegetarian and halal options available) and morning and
afternoon tea.

One Response to Event: Iraq Never Again Conference at Sydney Uni

  1. Silverado says:

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