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Difficult Conversations

difficult conversations

What role can the arts and creativity play in navigating unresolved concerns, ongoing debates and controversial questions for our communities?

Exploring complex topics, from reconciliation and truth-telling in the context of colonialism to polarising social or political issues, this symposium will feature exchanges between leading artists and researchers from Australia and Northern Ireland about difficult conversations we, as a globally connected society, need to have today.

the launch

A livestreamed panel discussion will open the event featuring a conversa­tion between university leaders and artists from Canberra and Ulster.

Time: 8:30am–9:30am (GMT) / 7.30pm–8.30pm (AEDT)
Date:  Thursday 24 March 2022
Location: online

Launch speakers:
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Paddy Nixon, University of Canberra
Chancellor Dr Colin Davidson, Ulster University
Chancellor Professor Tom Calma, AO, University of Canberra
Distinguished Professor Jen Webb, University of Canberra
Dr Paul Collis, University of Canberra
Dr Louise Wallace, Ulster University
Dr Sandra Johnston, Ulster University
Moderator: Cara Kirkwood, National Gallery of Australia

the symposium

Time and date: 9.30am–4.30pm, Friday 25 March 2022 (AEDT)
Reception: 4:30pm–5:30pm
Location:Ann Harding Conference Centre, Building 24 University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia

the website

More information about the program can be found on the website and content will related to the topics will be available.

Ulster University

University of Canberra