The MFU welcomes lawyer-turned-journalist, JULIE SZEGO, to a discussion with journalist-turned-lawyer, DEAN EDWARDS, about her book on the Jama trial, and the critical issues of race, prejudice, cultural taboos and the limits of our modern justice system.
This session also marks the MFU’s 5th birthday, so please do come along!
Now on at the MFU:
We all have a home. Even the "homeless" people who gather under a bridge have a place to which they return daily to a familiar setting with familiar faces. We spend at least half our lives in our homes: resting, relating, loving, eating, sleeping, playing.
Callout for course proposals in 2015
Would you like to run a course at the Melbourne Free University?
We’re looking for courses to run in 2015, and would love to hear your proposals. If you don’t know much about the MFU, check out what we do and our past courses here, or get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or email and we can send you some info.
Callout to teachers for asylum seeker courses in 2015
Hi there and happy new year!
We’re starting to gear up for another year of courses at the MFU for asylum seekers and need to get teachers on board for the first courses, which will start mid-February (probably on Wed 18 Feb). We need English language teachers and helpers to run the language skills workshops that run from 5.30-6.45pm, and teachers and helpers for courses on either economic or law (or something else you might propose), which will run from 7-8.15pm on Wednesdays.
When: Tuesday 25 November 2014, 6.30-8pm
However, after decades of protest, lobbying, research and reform, women’s safety is an issue that refuses to remain hidden in the shadows or behind closed doors. Violence against women has been propelled into the limelight of political debate around the world. Public authorities regard it as a human rights disaster and a global “pandemic” having massive implications for public health, economic well-being and political stability in every nation – while for feminists, the liberation of women remains an urgent struggle.
On 25 November – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – the Melbourne Free University invites experts from across the policy, research and direct service domains to discuss the progress and the prospects for eliminating violence against women.
When: Thursdays 6:30-8PM starting 6th November
Sophie Webber, Department of Geography, (University of British Columbia)
When: Tueday 28 October 2014, 6:30-8:00PM
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
Marika Sosnowski (Middle East writer and consultant)
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
(MFU for Asylum Seekers)
When: Wednesdays 5:30pm-8:30pm: 3rd September to 8th October
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’