A WORLD IN FERMENT: Risks and Opportunities

22 September 2015 to 29 September 2015
St Michael’s is proud to host this fascinating lecture series to be given by one of Australia’s leading International Relations scholars and commentators, Professor Joseph A. Camilleri OAM. The lectures will be presented on 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings; September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 – from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

St Michael's on Collins, 120 Collins Street, Melbourne


Lectures will include visual presentation, Q&A sessions and time for refreshments and informal conversation. Participants will be issued with reading materials and given access to diverse sources of information.


September 1   Life on Planet Earth

Sustaining hope in the midst of fragility and uncertainty



September 8   The World Economy: An ‘ocean liner without lifeboats’

Financial crises and the myths of the free market: the case for regulation

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September 15  Islam, Islamism and Islamophobia

Religion and politics; terrorism and the ‘war on terror’

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September 22  The Democratic Deficit

What it is and what to do about it


September 29   State of the Nation

How is Australia faring? A fresh look at its society, economy and politics


In the final lecture, to be held in St Michael’s Church, Professor Camilleri will turn the spotlight on Australia: the aspirations and anxieties of a new generation; the changing fabric of Australian society; and the prospects of adjusting to the realities of a world in ferment.

He will also engage in conversation on these and related issues two leading thinkers and practitioners:

Professor Marilyn Lake, University of Melbourne, noted historian, author of prize winning books, and Immediate Past President of the Australian Historical Association; and

Julian Burnside AO QC, leading Australian barrister, author, and outspoken human rights and refugee advocate.

Audience members will be invited to join in the conversation.

Please note there is limited seating for this series, book early to secure your tickets.

Cost: $15 per lecture or $50 for the whole series