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Public Lecture Series

This series of lectures covers a variety of topics presented by invited speakers who are experts in their field.

The lectures are open to the public. U3A Banyule members are requested to enrol through MyU3A as usual and are encouraged to invite friends and family.  A gold coin donation would be appreciated as a contribution to a gift for the speaker.

Lectures are held from 02:00pm to 3:30pm, in Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, Ivanhoe Library and Community Hub (ILCH), 275 Upper Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe.

Enquiries: U3A Banyule Office   0418 749 228   info@u3abanyule.org.au


Semester 1

Mon 27 February – Tim Sligo – “Heide Museum of Modern Art – Future Plans”.

Executive Director of Heide Museum of Modern Art, Tim Sligo, will provide attendees with an overview of Heide’s significant past and present and the exciting plans for expansion. Afternoon tea will be provided at the conclusion of the lecture.

Mon 27 March – Councillor Alida McKern – “An Urban Food Strategy for Banyule”.

Alida McKern's presentation on the development of Banyule’s first Urban Food Strategy will address related topics such as:

  • Creating an approach to healthy, sustainable, resilient and equitable local food systems
  • Increasing community awareness and participation in healthy eating
  • Promotion of local food systems and advocacy for health and well- being, economic initiatives, climate action and development planning.

Mon 24 April – Councillor Alida McKern - “Life as a Banyule Councillor”.

What's it like being a Councillor in Local Government Area of Banyule?  Councillors are members of an elected body—elected to make decisions on behalf of the citizens of Banyule via a formal meeting process. This lecture will explore the role and duties of being a Councillor, as well as the challenges and opportunities.  Presented by Chelsworth Ward Councillor, Alida McKern, there will also be time for participant questions. Afternoon tea will be provided at the conclusion of the lecture.

Mon 22 May – Joy Damousi AM - “Child War Refugees and Australian Humanitarianism.”

Joy Damousi AM is Professor of History, Dean of Arts and Director of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Australian Catholic University.

This presentation explores the national and transnational efforts undertaken by Australians on behalf of war child refugees. It examines humanitarian activity related to war refugee child over the twentieth century.

Framed by understandings of the limits and possibilities afforded by empathy it considers the role of women and their often-traumatic experience of international humanitarian work. Through an examination of the intersection between racial politics and war refugees, it expands our understanding of humanitarianism over the twentieth century as a deeply racialised and multi-layered practice