Friday 13 April
9:00 am – Registration & Morning Tea
A.J. Rae Centre, Newington College
10:00 am – 10:10 am Welcome and Conference Opening
Old Boys Lecture Theatre, Newington College
Dr Jeremy Hall, Director, Dialogue Australasia Network
10:10 am – 11:15 am Critical Thinking in an Age of Social Media
Michael Parker, Headmaster of Oxley College, NSW.
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Religion and Ethics: Topical Issues for the Classroom.
A Panel Discussion, with:
- Amna Karra-Hassan (Australian Federal Police)
- Rabbi Zalman Kastel (National Director of the Together for Humanity Foundation)
- Fr Aloysious Mowe SJ (International Director of Advocacy and Communications, Jesuit Refugee Service)
- The Reverend Dr Gordon Preece (Director, University of Divinity Centre for Research in Religion & Social Policy (RASP)
- Director of Ethos Centre for Christianity & Society, Melbourne)
- Venerable Tencho (Buddhist teacher).
Chair: John Cleary (ABC Broadcaster)
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm Ethics and the Meaning of Life
Professor Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Afternoon Tea
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm The Euthanasia Debate:
‘Victoria’s legalization of voluntary assisted dying sets an example that other Australian states would do well to follow.’
- The Reverend Dr Gordon Preece (Director, University of Divinity Centre for Research in Religion & Social Policy (RASP); Director of Ethos Centre for Christianity & Society, Melbourne).
- Professor Peter Singer (Ira W DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University)
Chair: John Cleary
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm Video Presentation: God, Science, and the Human Quest for Meaning
Professor Alister McGrath, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford
5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Conference Reception
Prescott Hall, Newington College.
Saturday 14 April
9:00 am – 10:30 am Walking through the valley of the shadow of death: exile and solidarity as a foundation for values in education
Fr Aloysious Mowe SJ (International Director of Advocacy and Communications, Jesuit Refugee Service)
11:00 am Morning Tea
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Teacher-led Workshops (Session A)
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Beyond Belief: How we find meaning, with or without religion
Hugh Mackay, social researcher and author.
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Afternoon Tea
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Teacher-led Workshops (Session B)
7:00 pm Conference Dinner
Sunset Room, Luna Park, Sydney
Sunday 15 April
9:00 am – 10.30 am ‘A Crime without a Name’: The testimony of the victims and perpetrators of the Holocaust. Is it possible to create meaning out of trauma?
Dr Ari Lander, Education Officer, Sydney Jewish Museum.
10:30 am – 11:00 am Morning Tea
11:00 am – 12:30 pm The Philosophy of Happiness. Dr Caroline West (Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Sydney)
12:30 – 1:00 pm Religious Studies, Philosophy and the Future of DAN