The Ngara Institute, in partnership with the
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN), invites you to attend a
Special Anzac Day Politics in the Pub focussing on PEACE
A conversation’ with two of Australia’s most respected academic activists:
Historian, Professor Henry Reynolds Henry Reynolds and
Peace Activist, Professor Stuart Rees
Events around the world show that peace, kindness and civility remain elusive, and that human rights, international law and various conventions are constantly being flouted. Add to this the re-emergence of racist nationalism and xenophobia and there are serious grounds for concern.
What can we do to help achieve peace and stability in an increasingly fractured and polarised world? Is there hope for fundamental change to ensure that our global institutions can enforce international protocols and conventions? What can we do in Australia to assist this process, especially when confronted with our own sad record of human rights abuses and governmental cruelties?
Leading peace activist and scholar, Professor Stuart Rees, discusses these issues with one of the Australia’s most respected revisionist historians, Professor Henry Reynolds. Both survey what is occurring around the world, including Australia, and importantly, what we can do to advance peace with justice and human rights.
Henry Reynolds is an academic historian, peace activist and one of the nation’s leading authorities on the history of Australia’s Indigenous people. His books have enriched the nation’s understanding of our past and most importantly have pointed the way to a better future. His pioneering scholarly work, especially The Other Side of the Frontier (1981), was critical in changing understandings of the Australian frontier. More recently Henry has examined Australia’s involvement in Unnecessary Wars.
Stuart Rees is Emeritus Professor at Sydney University. He is a peace activist, a poet and author in the areas of peace and conflict and social policy, and founder of the Sydney Peace Foundation. In his numerous books on social justice issues and in several anthologies of poetry, Stuart has been described as one of the most humane voices of our (Australia's) generation. Stuart is currently focused on cruelty as policy.