This ongoing series of live events on the third Friday of each month combines a social opportunity to strengthen connections within our volunteer family with an ongoing learning approach to engaging with the Courage to Care mission and messages. Join a diverse group of interesting people in conversation and feel uplifted, more informed and better equipped to speak on our issues. You’ll get the most out of the Conversations if you read some of the background reading in advance, but that is optional – you can join the discussion without any preparation.
All volunteers are welcome! Refreshments will be available.
Conversation topics coming up
- 17 March: Indigenous Voice to Parliament
Background reading: Reconciliation Australia The case from the Heart Why should we have it, and how would it work?
Indigenous voice should be opposed Do we really need it?
Relevant listening: The major players in the Voice referendum (Guardian podcast)
- 21 April: Topic to be confirmed
- 12 May: note this is SECOND Friday of the month
- 16 June: Topic to be confirmed
- 21 July: Topic to be confirmed
- 18 August: Topic to be confirmed
- 15 September: Topic to be confirmed
- 20 October: Topic to be confirmed
- 17 November: Topic to be confirmed
JOIN THE TEAM: If you would like to help coordinate and plan future Conversations, please contact Zoi (program manager).
Want to revisit previous Conversation topics?
- 17 February 2023: “Race and Racism”
Reading material: White fragility Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race “Nice Racism” Lessons for ‘Nice’ Racists Critical Race Theory Caught between black and blue Race Ethnicity and the human experience The differences within whiteness
Video material: Structural Racism explained Excerpt from 1994 documentary “The Color of Fear”
- 16 December: Who are you? Memory and Identity
Reading material: Who are you? Bi-directional nature of memory and self (Long article – you can skim or ignore)
Video material: Is Identity our physical self or our memories? Cultural memory and the relationship to the past Memory reconstruction and emotional memories Are all your memories real? Memory malleability
- 18 November 2022: Caste and social class in the country of the ‘fair go’
Reference material: South Asian caste system being imported; Diversity Council of Australia research; Personal experiences and impact; Social mobility has its down-side; Social segregation in Australian schools; Are Australians socially inclusive? Don’t judge a girl by her postcode
- 21 October 2022: Religious intolerance or conflict of interest
Reference material: Linking faith and employment ‘a bad idea’; Why we must not tolerate intolerance; Conflicts were too great; It’s not black and white; Sacked for religious beliefs; Call for religious freedom bill; Cancelled over religion