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The Institute of Public Affairs believes and understands that the distinct traditions of Western Civilisation should be an integral part of every young Australian’s education and formation.
On Saturday 22 October 2016, we will be holding a pilot workshop in Melbourne. Designed by the Director of the Institute of Public Affairs ‘Open Minds’ Programme, Susan Knopfelmacher, the workshop is aimed specifically at 15 and 16-year-olds. This will be the first in a series which the Institute of Public Affairs will run in other cities.
Thirty young people will spend the day in small groups exploring three major themes in an interactive, stimulating and engaging environment. Participants will be encouraged to communicate, defend, analyse, and critique the ideas presented to them during each session, and they will go home motivated, engaged and inspired.
SESSION 1 PLATO: BEGINNINGS OF WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT
An introduction to the beginning of Western Political thought, taking as a starting point Plato’s Republic and his Allegory of the Cave and what they mean for freedom and personal responsibility. Discover Plato’s ideas about the norms and rules that govern the political community which allow us to flourish as individuals.
SESSION 2 MAGNA CARTA: FOUNDATIONS OF LIBERAL DEMOCRACY
The Magna Carta is one of the core documents and events which gave us individual liberty, the rule of law and parliamentary democracy. Understand the Magna Carta’s historical context and how it went from being a peace treaty to a fundamental statement about the relationship between the monarch and the people.
SESSION 3 DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: ORIGINS OF MODERN LIBERTY
The Declaration of Independence and the American War for Independence started a fight for freedom and liberty which would stretch into the 20th century. The concepts embodied in Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address were taken up by future generations in the struggle for freedom during the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement.
TEACHERS AND MODERATORS
Susan heads and teaches in the Gifted Education program at a leading independent school. She has extensive teaching and leadership experience in the state, independent and university sectors here and overseas, where her students enjoy great success. Susan has reviewed, designed and delivered many quality ideas-centred curriculum projects in language, the humanities and the arts. Susan has a BA Hons and Dip. Ed, University of Melbourne, and a Master of Education, Gifted Education from Monash University and has been a VCE English Language examiner. She presents regularly at local and overseas seminars and conferences, where she represents Australia as an elected delegate in gifted education.
John Roskam is the Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs. He has honours degrees in law and commerce from the University of Melbourne and is the author of works including Magna Carta – The Tax Revolt That Gave Us Liberty, and he’s the editor of 100 Great Books of Liberty – The essential introduction to the greatest idea of Western Civilisation. He was previously a lecturer at the University of Melbourne in the subject An Introduction of Political Ideas, which taught Locke’s Second Treatise, Machiavelli’s The Prince, Rousseau’s The Social Contract, Mill’s On Liberty, and Marx’s Communist Manifesto.
DR BELLA D’ABRERA
Bella d’Abrera is the Director, Future of Freedom Programme at the Institute of Public Affairs. She has a BA in History and Spanish from Monash University, an MA in Spanish from the University of St Andrews and a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. She has authored a number of books, including ‘The Tribunal of Zaragoza and Crypto-Judaism, 1484-1515’ as well as having published a series on the English Reformation. Bella has lectured on History at Cambridge, Yale and in Washington DC.
DR RICHARD PETERSON
Richard Peterson has taught VCE and International Baccalaureate history for over 35 years. Richard was also a VCE Australian history examiner for over thirty years. He obtained both an M.Ed and a PhD from Monash University and currently teaches both VCE and IB history at Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Burwood.
10.00AM – 10.30AM Welcome and Morning Tea
10.30AM – 11.30AM Session 1
11.45AM – 12.45PM Session 2
12.45PM – 1.30PM Lunch
1.45PM – 2.45PM Session 3
3.00PM – 3.30PM Wrap Up
3.30PM – 4.00PM Afternoon Tea
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please send an email to Dr Bella d’Abrera, explaining in 50-100 words why you would like to join us for the workshop. If you are not a member of the IPA, please let Bella know the name of a member who can nominate you. Places are strictly limited to 30 participants.
Phone: 03 9600 4744
Closing date for applications: Friday 23 September 2016.
Saturday 22 October 2016, 10:00am-4:00pm
State Library of Victoria, Conference Centre
Price per person; $100, includes all materials and refreshments
Participants will be provided with all materials prior to the workshop
Parents are invited to join us for afternoon tea at 3.30pm
Celebrate the end of semester and exams by joining us with two distinguished guests.
Nick Cater is the executive director of the Menzies Research Centre and a columnist with The Australian. His most recent work involved on the TV documentary ‘Howard on Menzies: Building Modern Australia’.
Senator Paterson has represented Victoria in the Federal Parliament since early this year and has already made a mark in his efforts to protect free speech and your tax dollars.