RSP Annual Lecture: The challenge of social cohesion

Date & time

3.30–5.30pm 2 September 2016


The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Canberra


Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission


 Donelle Claudianos
 +61 2 6125 2790

The Annual Lecture is a public lecture that showcases the significant impact of Psychology on community and social issues.

Last year's lecture was by Professor Pat McGorry on youth mental health, while this year we will be joined by Dr Tim Soutphommasane, the Race Discrimination Commissioner, on social cohesion, racism and wellbeing.

You are welcome to attend this free public lecture, to be held on September 2. Guests may arrive from 3:30pm for drinks and canapés, with the lecture commencing at 4:00pm. Both prior and following the talk, there will be opportunity to mingle with ANU and RSP staff and students.

Please register your attendance for this event here.


The challenge of social cohesion


In this oration, Dr Soutphommasane will reflect on the meaning of social cohesion amid turbulent political debates. As fear and anxiety grow in currency, so must our vigilance against social division and racial intolerance. Dr Soutphommasane will explore, among other things, the nature of free speech in a multicultural society.

About the speaker

Dr Soutphommasane is an Australian academic, political philosopher, social commentator, writer, and columnist. He has previously been a columnist with The Age and The Australian newspapers, an academic at Sydney and Monash Universities, and a research fellow with the Per Capita think tank. He is a member of the board of the National Australia Day Council,and an ex officio member of the Australian Multicultural Council.

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