2020 Draft Conference Programme

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Postponing the DAN Conference 2020

The coronavirus COVID-19 is causing understandable concern among delegates. The situation is fluid but, as a precaution and to ensure the safety of the DAN community, we have decided to postpone this year’s conference. The new date will be determined as more information becomes available.


12th International Dialogue Australasia Conference
Melbourne Grammar School
27 – 29 March 2020

Friday 27 March

10.00 – 10.30 am Welcome and Conference Opening

Dr Jeremy Hall, Director, Dialogue Australasia Network

10.30 am – 12.00 noon Justice in an Unequal World

Tim Costello AO (Former Chief Executive of World Vision Australia)

12.00 – 12.45 pm Lunch

12.45 – 2.15 pm Teaching Ethics v. Preaching Ethics

Dr Luke Russell (Lecturer in Moral Philosophy and Critical Thinking, University of Sydney)

2.15 – 3.45 pm For Goodness’ Sake: The Fundamentals of Human Flourishing

Dr Felicity McCutcheon (Head of Teaching and Learning, Melbourne Grammar School)

3.45 – 4.00 pm Afternoon Tea

4.00 – 5.15 pm Webinar: Climate Justice in RE

Lat Blaylock (National RE Adviser, UK)

5.30 – 6.45 pm Conference Reception

Saturday 28 March

9.00 – 10.30 am AI and Ethics: Why all the Fuss?

Professor Toby Walsh (Scientiua Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and Data61)

10.30 – 11.00 am Morning Tea

11.00 am – 12.30 pm Teacher-led workshops (details to be announced)

12.30 – 1.15 pm Lunch

1.15 pm – 2.45 pm From Principle to Practice: The why, how and what of teaching ethics in high school

Mark Case (Deputy Head, Oxley College, NSW)

2.45 – 4.15 pm Teacher-led workshops (details to be announced)

7.30 pm Conference Dinner – Yassas Greek Restaurant, Southbank

Sunday 29 March

9.00 – 10.30 am Ethical Diversity at the Frontiers: The Case of Voluntary Assisted Dying.

Dr Rosalind McDougall (Senior Lecturer in Health Ethics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health)

10.30 – 11.00 am Morning Tea

11.00 – 12.30 am ‘Climate Justice Shall You Pursue’ – a rephrasing for our time!

Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black (Leo Baeck Centre, Melbourne)

12.30 – 1.00 pm Summing up and audience Q&A