What does 'diversity' really mean within the Australian community? Is the understanding of the concept changing and what are the 'pressure points' that influence opinions both broadly and within decision making mechanisms?
What is the role of humanitarian organisations, such as Australian Red Cross, in contributing to a positive dialogue?
Waleed Aly is a broadcaster, author, academic, rock musician and former AFL mascot. His social and political commentary has produced an award-winning book and multiple literary short-listings, and appears in newspapers such as The Guardian, The Australian, The Sunday Times of India,The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. He is the author, most recently, of Whatâ€™s Right? The Future of Conservatism in Australia (Quarterly Essay 37).
His debut book, People Like Us: How arrogance is dividing Islam and the West (Picador, 2007), was shortlisted for several awards including the Queensland Premierâ€™s Literary Awards and for Best Newcomer at the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards.
Waleed hosts the RN Drive program at 6pm Monday-Thursday, is the host of Big Ideas TV on ABC1 and News 24, and has frequently hosted ABC News Breakfast and 774 ABC Melbourne Mornings. Waleed is currently a lecturer in politics at Monash University, working in their Global Terrorism Research Centre.
In 2005, Waleed was made a White Ribbon Day Ambassador for the United Nationsâ€™ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and was named one of The Bulletin magazineâ€™s â€˜Smart 100â€™ in 2007. He was also an invited participant to the Prime Ministerâ€™s 2020 Summit in 2008 and in 2011 he was named Victoriaâ€™s Local Hero in the Australian of the Year Awards.
Who: 2012 Red Cross Oration , presented by social and political commentator, Waleed Aly
What: Free public lecture on Diversity in Australia Today - a Conversation with Waleed Aly
When: Monday 3 December 2012. 7.30pm; celebrating diversity with music, dance and refreshments (University Centre Foyer); oration is 8-.9.30pm
Where: Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus