Now On:

Middle East Mediated

Toolangi: Tales from the treehouse

Current Courses:

(Special Session)

When: Tueday 28 October 2014, 6:30-8:00PM

Toolangi: Tales from the treehouse
Sarah Rees, Trent Patton and Chris Taylor
Just 60km from the centre of Melbourne, the Toolangi State Forest plays a vital role in regulating the quality and quantity of our water, providing storage of carbon and mitigating bushfire intensity. Harbouring some of the world’s tallest trees, the forest is a last remaining habitat of endangered species including our state emblem, the Leadbeater’s possum. Yet, state-sanctioned logging practices are pushing this delicate eco-system towards imminent collapse.

Why have successive governments failed to protect the irreplaceable Central Highland environment, and what can we as the community do about it? In this special session, a panel of passionate experts and activists share their concerns and invite solutions for the disaster that’s brewing in your local native forests.


When: Thursdays 6:30-8:00PM starting 9th October

Middle East Mediated
Saba Bebawi (journalism lecturer and author at Swinburne University)
Marika Sosnowski (Middle East writer and consultant)
Middle East Mediated gives you the low down on the goss between the Nile and the Euphrates. It asks the questions about the Syrian Revolution, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the intricacies of Lebanese and Iranian politics you’ve been too afraid to ask at dinner parties. It does all this and more by unearthing the real stories of people connected to the Middle East in interesting and sometimes unexpected ways – a beer brewer from Beirut, an un-orthodox Jew, a Muslim ultra-marathon runner, an advocate for Afghan refugees in Iran and many more.

Each week of the four week series features two guests who will each choose a “mediated” item – a tweet, YouTube video, article or an image – to kick off a lively and informative interview that will hopefully demystify the tangled events occurring in the region, taking you behind the news to the stories of ordinary people and their history and experience of this complex, and often misunderstood, region.


When: Thursdays 6:30-8:30PM: 28th of August – 2nd of October 2014

Philosophy and the Divine: God in Western Thought
Ross Pain & Emily Vicendese
God plays an important and fundamental role in many people’s lives. But what sort of role has God played in philosophy? How have philosophers understood notions of God and how have they used notions of God to make sense of the world and of ourselves? And why do so many philosophers today have no role for God in their understanding of the world? In this course, we will take a brief look at different perspectives on God through the ages, starting with Ancient Greece, through to the Medieval scholastic period, Enlightenment rationalism and empiricism, post-Enlightenment existentialism and today’s naturalist worldview. This course offers a fascinating journey through Western philosophical thought as well as clarifying and provoking ideas about God, ourselves and our world.

(MFU for Asylum Seekers)

When: Wednesdays 5:30pm-8:30pm: 3rd September to 8th October

Australian Society and Identity & International Development
MFU Volunteers

Australian Society and Identify: this course will examine different aspects of today’s Australian society, from families, leisure, religion, media and education, to how Australians can influence political change. Lectures are presented by academics in sociology, media studies, gender studies, education and history.

International Develoment: what are the current issues in International Development? Lecturers will have both academic and practial backgrounds in developemnt, and will examine participatory strategies, gender, health, security, migration, institutions, food sovereignty and environmental critiques.

‘Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other’