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Curious Conversations

A series of public lectures exploring multiculturalism and how it could look at the end of the decade.

The Victorian Multicultural Commission is excited to bring you a new series of public lectures to explore the Cultural Diversity Week theme, “What does multicultural Victoria look like in 2030?”

The series will cover topics ranging from the benefits and opportunities that our cultural, linguistic and religious diversity provides to issues identified by communities, such as employment, racism, mental health and family violence. 

Join our diverse panels to discuss what multicultural Victoria looks like now, what it should look like in 2030 and what needs to be done to get there.

Upcoming sessions

6pm, Thursday 15 July – First Nations

In honour of NAIDOC Week we'll be holding a special Curious Conversations session highlighting First Nations people and the intersection with multiculturalism. 

Panelists and key speakers:

  • Elly Patira, Deputy Secretary, First Peoples – State Relations Group, Department of Premier and Cabinet 

  • Marcus Stewart, Co-Chair, First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria 

  • Facilitator: Aunty Merle Miller

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6pm, Tuesday 31 August – Workforce Diversity

Panelists to be announced. 

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3pm, Sunday 12 September – Media

Panelists to be announced. This will be a hybrid event pending COVIDSafe restrictions, and will also include a showing of the winning entries of our Multicultural Film Festival. 

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Previous sessions

Tuesday 8 June – Refugee advocacy 

Panelists and key speakers:

  • David Manne from Refugee Legal
  • Eva Hussain from Polaron Language
  • Remer Say Noe Keh
  • Zainab Mohammade
  • Yusuf Liban

MC and facilitator: Nevena Spirovska, Executive Manager, Strategic Projects & Communications, Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, Co-Convener Victorian Pride Lobby

 

Tuesday 18 May 2021 – Justice

Panelists and key speakers:

  • Vivienne Nguyen, Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission
  • Fotini Kypraios, Principal Lawyer, Prisma Legal
  • Dr Stephane Shepherd, Associate Professor, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Bill Kyriakopoulos, Deputy Secretary, Police, Community Safety and Communications, Department of Justice and Community Safety

MC and facilitator: Nevena Spirovska, Executive Manager, Strategic Projects & Communications, Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, Co-Convener Victorian Pride Lobby

Wednesday 28 April – Local Government

Panelists and key speakers:

  • Vivienne Nguyen, Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission
  • Cr Joseph Haweil, Mayor, Hume City Council
  • Cr Lina Messina, Mayor, Darebin City Council
  • Cr Jasmine Nguyen, Deputy Mayor, Brimbank City Council

MC and facilitator: Nevena Spirovska, Executive Manager, Strategic Projects & Communications, Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, Co-Convener Victorian Pride Lobby

Tuesday 23 March – Youth 

Panelists and key speakers: 

  • Vivienne Nguyen, Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission
  • Ahmed Hassan, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Youth Activating Youth
  • Hanisha Sharma-Luital, Founding Chairperson, Help-Himalayan Youth Foundation
  • Tim Lo Surdo, Founder and National Director, Democracy in Colour

MC and facilitator: Nevena Spirovska, Executive Manager, Strategic Projects & Communications, Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, Co-Convener Victorian Pride Lobby

Reviewed 13 July 2021

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